You know it’s a bad sign when it takes a full week to recover from the end of the season and record a podcast… and then it takes over a month to finally put that podcast online! All apologies, but that Game 81 loss kind of crushed our spirits for a while there.
In this triple-length episode, Keith and Sean take stock of the 2014-15 LA Kings season. Sean attempts to talk Keith down off the ledge as they discuss the significance of the Kings missing the playoffs (just after winning the Cup!), and what this means for the current legacy. They give the entire season a three-period breakdown–including a patented Keith “theory of brilliance.” They also look ahead, briefly cheering themselves up thinking about the draft (and fantasizing about landing the number 1 pick), before agonizing over what to do with Mike Richards and free agents in the off-season.
But for just a little while longer, we are still the Stanley Cup Champions!
They break down the trade for Andrej Sekera, evaluate the Clifford and Nolan contract extensions, and compare bottom-six Kings centers.
The first two periods are a classic blend of armchair GM, as they look ahead to GM Lombardi’s possible moves in the off-season and break down other key trades around the league. Sean and Keith then close with the current plight of LA, from their 8-game win streak to a 3-game skid.
PART THREE: Robin joins Sean and Keith celebrate the 1-0 Kings victory over the Sharks in the outdoor game the day after. They give their patented three-period game breakdown, compare the festivities of the two California Stadium Series games, and delve into the EPIX coverage.
Then Matt returns for an encore. They avoid any legal discussion this time to delve into the highlight of the night–the Melissa Etheridge performance. They chat a bit about the hockey that took place as well, and Matt provides a stunning prediction for the Kings moving forward.
Friend of the podcast, Richard of Calgary, joins Keith to record an episode live from a fine dining establishment while the Kings play the Sharks on TV behind them.
Enjoy their midseason review of the Flames and Kings seasons, the state of the Pacific Division, and the ambience of a local watering hole. Edits galore as we cut around the loudspeaker of a trivia night; fortunately the Irish accent makes the interruptions bearable.
Keith and Sean reflect on the first week of the young season, a few games removed from L.A.’s opening day ceremony, with the Kings sporting a 1-1-1 record. Keith can’t let the subject of the Sharks die, so the two dwell on the wreckage of rivals, before they leapfrog over the Coyotes to discuss the Jets game.
Using Sean’s patented Three Period game breakdown, they dissect how the game was won, constructive criticisms, and standout players from both squads. Tangents include favorite Kings, new favorite Kings, Lewis 2.0 and goaltending controversies.
Before the final horn sounds, Robin CHIMES in from her favorite spot too. Unlike the Kings, the trio are 3-0-0 in hilarity for this episode.
2014-15 portends big things… for this podcast. Sean, Keith AND Robin are all together to watch the Kings first preseason game of the new season, and record an in-person episode before, during, and after the game.
They discuss questions surrounding the Kings going into the season–Slava Voynov’s defensive partner, Mike Richard’s line, and potential new additions to the roster–whilst navigating traffic. They battle arena sounds to evaluate the young prospects. And they wrap up in spite of a variety of distractions to consider best-case and worst-case scenarios for the season ahead.