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We are beginning to hope the Devils don’t get home ice in the playoffs.

The end.

P.S. Sutter needs to give a copy of the new rules — the new rules Shanny pushed during the lock-out when he was calling the Coffee Klatch That Saved Hockey — to Shanahan and Holik. They consistently take hooking and holding calls that every other productive player in the post-lock-out era has long learned will be called every single time. Is it really too much to ask that those guys accept that it’s 2009 and those stick fouls will result in putting the team down a man?

P.P.S. Why is Brendan Shanahan killing penalties? What, is there a shortage of forwards on the Devils who are PK-capable and also understand the rulebook?

P.P.P.S. If there is a way to program the Devils to think the second period is just an extra half of the first period tacked on to an extra half of the third period, we need to make that happen.

P.P.P.P.S. If Zubrus didn’t have bad luck on goal reviews, he’d have no luck at all. The War Room really, really hates him, doesn’t it?

P.P.P.P.P.S. Stately IPB Manor held a Tranny Bride Appreciation Party this afternoon, hosting Kristin of Eager To Go Psycho for a wine and cheese picnic during the Philly-Boston game this afternoon. A lovely time was had by all (except Marty Biron), but it did result in our TiVoing this game for later. We managed to artfully avoid all scoring information until thirty second before we were to start the game. All annoyance at having the final spoiled was erased after seeing the game. If we hadn’t been warned, this might have gotten ugly. So thanks, Columbus Blue Jackets broadcast, for giving a completely random out-of-town-scoreboard report.

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Watch this space for some TiVo-delayed reactions to the Devils/Kings match-up.

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There will be no game diary this evening, Gentle Reader. Try to contain your disappointment. Please, all that clothes rending and hair pulling is unbecoming! Instead, enjoy this open thread! Here’s hoping for better results than last night, eh?

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The latest in our ongoing series of game diaries featuring teams about which we know next to nothing brings us to Dallas, for a matchup with the Kings. LA’s feed opens with a little feature about their last meeting, which they’ve decided is now being called the “Royal Rebound”. Um, no offense, FSN, but we really doubt anyone calls it that. Thanks to Center Ice giving us freedom of choice, we also have the Dallas feed, and we intend to spend some time tonight comparing and contrasting the two broadcasts, because we can’t imagine how jumping between Jim Fox and Daryl Reaugh would be at all awful or anything. (It bears mentioning that FSN Dallas is not talking up the Royal Rebound.)

FIRST PERIOD

18:30 Whoever is calling the play-by-play for the Stars tonight (if it’s Strangis, he sounds like he’s suffered a back-alley lobotomy) sucks. We flip back to the Kings feed in time to hear Bob Miller get very excited about a mundane shot on the Stars goal. The play is followed by a very cool Frolov iso highlight replay. Hm. The Kings so far have a decisively better feed than the Stars.

15:22 We have pretty much only seen the Kings this year playing the Ducks, and they kind of seem like they should be a package deal. This is so odd, seeing Stars where we expect thuggish goons to be.
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We have the option tonight between the regular FSN Anaheim and the HD, rinkside feeds. We’re looking forward to experiencing the differences between them, since it’s nice to have a plotline to focus on when the teams you’re diarizing about are complete strangers to you.

FIRST PERIOD

18:27 We’re really quick on the uptake, and take a surprisingly long time to realize this HD rinkside feed doesn’t have play-by-play. That might work for us if we’re watching two teams we know anything about, but since this is the Kings and the Ducks, not so much.

17:09 Having a feed with play-by-play is great and all, but this picture blows. The insipid announcers make us wonder if a feed without them might be an improvement, since they become the 10,000th announcers to crack jokes about how Matt Moulson’s name kind of sounds like a certain brand of beer. It’s like the “Miro Satan should play for the Devils” joke, but a billion times funnier and more original.

16:22 Prongsie and O’Donnell decide the best way to defend Cammalleri is to double-team Dustin Brown behind the net. Fortunately for them, Giggy’s up to stopping Cammalleri’s point-blank shot.
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Well, Gentle Reader, it’s another beautiful day here for all manner of outdoorsy, autumnal activities, but only a crazy person would opt to do those things instead of watching hockey! So we’re settling back, keeping our fingers crossed that the tech crew at O2 arena has learned how to turn on the lights, and hoping against hope that the Ducks don’t remember how to play hockey before the end of today’s game.

Oh, that’s right! Today’s game is on VS! No Brian Hayward for us… we hope. Instead it’s Gary Green and Paul Romanuk, two guys we’ve never consciously heard call a game before. Nice of VS to bring their “A” team to the NHL’s stupid big media-event season opener, instead of just coopting the NHL Network’s feed. That’s just the sort of move a big-time sports broadcaster like ESPN would do.

After Bernier impressed us all yesterday, the Kings are doing what we all would have done if we were in their shoes – starting LaBarbera instead. In the studio show, Larry Murphy seems to think this is a good idea, because the Kings would just be “setting [Bernier] up for failure” if they left him in. Pookie says Cloutier is down in the minors saying, “Vindication! They set me up to fail! It wasn’t my fault!”
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Can you believe it, Gentle Reader? It’s hockey! For reals! It might be from England, but according to the schedule, it counts. It’s impossibly bright and sunny here, and this noon start time feels like we should be watching football, but who are we to complain? IT’S HOCKEY!

Unlike many with fancy TVs, we’re not watching today on HDNet, since the tree in our backyard is blocking our satellite HD feeds, and Comcast doesn’t want to carry it on our cable. Instead, we’re rocking the Center Ice, with the Kings feed; we love these two guys. Bob Miller does a pretty decent play-by-play, and Jim Fox is like the most chipper guy in the universe. We love his cadence when the Kings do something crappy – they could take a catastrophically stupid penalty and he’ll chirp, “And that was a stupid play by [that guy], so now the Kings are going to be down a man!” like it’s something to be really happy about. We heartily approve of Jim Fox.
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