In this installment I discuss my take on why the Islanders should look to trade Kyle Okposo to the L.A. Kings for Dustin Brown. And with the trade deadline less than 48 hours away, what should GM Garth Snow do with P.A. Parenteau and Evgeni Nabokov? All that and more in this week's edition of On The Couch!
The Red Wings have achieved one of their two deadline goals with the acquisition of Kyle Quincey from Tampa Bay. Quincey gives the Red Wings 8 NHL-ready defensemen, a second point man for the 2nd power play unit and some more abrasiveness on the back end.
The Wings still seek some additional depth up front. At different times, the Red Wings' desires have been stated to be a scoring winger to flesh out the top-six or a gritty, defensive forward to provide a physical presence on the 3rd or 4th line. The Wings' performance in their two games since losing Pavel Datsyuk to injury cannot be encouraging. Detroit has looked disengaged at times and has trouble maintaining offen...
Phoenix came roaring back despite an ugly first period and subsequent deficit. (Photo courtesy of Norm Hall NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite an offensive explosion that no one saw coming (put your hand down, Darryl Sutter), the Kings eventually fell in a shootout to the division rival Phoenix Coyotes by a 5-4 score.
Phoenix tied the game in the final moments of regulation thanks to a somewhat controversial penalty handed to the Kings’ Kyle Clifford for an illegal hit on Gilbert Brule. The hit itself won’t be up for too much debate—Clifford, whether he intended to or not, made contact with the head o...
Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing two goals on eleven shots Thursday night. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have possibly looked more like themselves. (An explanation? Ok.)
It was an offensively challenged contest from start to finish with neither the Panthers or visiting Kings being able to generate more than a few scoring chances. The Kings recorded only twenty-three shots over the course of the game, twelve of which came in the first period. That first frame also handed Los Angeles two power plays, neither of which amounted to m...
Kyle Clifford earned second star of the game honors with his fine performance. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
Maybe the Kings were just looking so forward to the upcoming All-Star break. It could be the desire this team felt to send lone All-Star Jonathan Quick off to this weekend’s festivities on a high note. Or perhaps it was a disappointing performance from a surging Ottawa club that helped the home team bust out of their scoreless ways and in a rather resounding fashion. But whichever theory you subscribe to, it won’t change the end result as the Kings trounced the Senators 4-1 earli...
Matt Greene (presumbly) wonders when this offensive slump will ever end. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
The Kings fell to the visiting Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-1. J.S. Giguere stopped twenty-five of the twenty-six shots he faced and Peter Mueller had the go-ahead goal in just his fifth game back from a career-threatening concussion. It was his third goal of the season after two earlier in the week. Mueller had previously been sidelined since 4/4/2010.
In the losing effort, birthday boy Jonathan Quick was not bad, but clearly frustrated after being dealt his twenty-first loss of the season. The goaltender dre...
Kyle Clifford drops the gloves with Tim Jackman in the first period. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
A Sutter vs. Sutter rematch, albeit one with a little less hype, saw Brent crowned champion this time as his Calgary Flames eked out a 2-1 shootout victory against the Kings.
Olli Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri scored on both of their attempts, while it was only Justin Williams who was able to record a shootout goal for Los Angeles. The overtime loss marks the sixth of Darryl Sutter’s tenure as head coach and the Kings’ tenth of the season—tied with Florida for most in the league.
The Kings are now 7-1-3 under Darryl Sutter. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
If one were to get caught up in all the subplots surrounding last night’s game between Los Angeles and Calgary, one might forget that there actually was, you know, sixty minutes of hockey to be played. Yes, one Sutter (Darryl) went toe-to-toe with another (Brent) and Mike Cammalleri scored in his much ballyhooed return to the Flames, but it was Darryl and the Kings who came out on top by a 4-1 score.
After a scoreless and offensively challenged first period for the Kings, they would quickly grab two in a three-minute span. Mike Richards ...
Justin Williams handles the puck along the boards, in what probably led to one of his five shots on goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For the way the way tonight’s contest between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche ended, one might think neither team had a clear advantage at any point in the game. However, the Kings did—outshooting the opposition twelve to five, notching one goal and watching another get disallowed all in the first period. The Kings also spent over eight minutes on the power play before Colorado even had a crack at their own man-advantage. So what happened?
For the first time since before Thanksgiving, the Kings scored more than 2 goals in regulation. Happiness is abound. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
The Kings were still receiving gifts one full day after Christmas had passed. Some were in the form of goals from the unlikeliest of players, while others simply came from the lackluster play of Phoenix goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was given a third straight start with the injury to lead goaltender Mike Smith. Nonetheless, the Kings took the offensive bump in stride and defeated the Coyotes by a score of 4-3.
Rob Scuderi, Willie Mitchell, and Brad Richardson scored the firs...