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!
What better way to celebrate the 2014 holiday season than by taking a vacation! That’s right, the Kings of Kings have been on an extended break for about a month now, but we’ve returned to bring you a holiday special.
On December 16, Keith and Sean recorded a whole podcast while watching (nearly) the entirety of the Blues-Kings game. Sync up the game if you can and enjoy this as something like a Director’s Commentary track to the game, or simply consume it as several weeks worth of podcasts rolled into one.
It’s been too long–but isn’t that how it always feels?
Sean and Keith had the good fortune to watch a game in person, which the Kings had the poor fortune to lose to those brutal Blackhawks. Sean gives his patented game breakdown and they review the state of the NHL at the 25-game mark.
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.
Another special guest! Richard, of Calgary, discusses his take on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the plight of his Flames past and present, and the mutual bond that is Darryl Sutter.
Keith and Richard also relive their shared experiences during the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup run, as we have been reviewing throughout the month of August, and look forward with a preview of the 2014-15 season.