Game No.29: Who Crowned These Guys?

Ryan Lambert
December 09 2010 07:18PM

 

 

You wanna talk about a team that kind of sucks?

Obviously as a person who kinda-sorta tolerates the Calgary Flames, I'm not in much of a position to talk, but holy crap do I think the Kings are a bad team.

I'm not even going to use the fact that they're dead last in their division as ammo because they're four points out of first with games in hand on everyone. But seriously, they're behind the Ducks in the standings right now. This is not a thing that should be happening. Regardless of games played.

Why, it's almost as though the team that got 100-plus points last season wasn't all that good to begin with. First of all, I can't imagine that anyone on the planet who would think Jon Quick is a decent NHL-level netminder who should be carrying this much water for a team with pretensions of being a Western power. Well, anyone who isn't Terry Murray and Dean Lombardi and maybe Mr. and Mrs. Quick of the Connecticut Quicks. Woulda thought the stats last year were enough to prove that. Oh but jeez he got 39 wins last year. A franchise record. He also had a save percentage near .900 so maybe, just maybe, he backed into it.

Then the defense. Obviously by the end of his career, Drew Doughty's closet is going to be so full of Norrises that they fall out like a Marx Brothers movie when he opens it, but other than that? Willie Mitchell and Jack Johnson are alright and Scuderi is a fine No.2-3 guy. But any team giving Davis Drewiske and Peter Harrold actual NHL minutes is one that is going to lean on its top pairing heavily. Clearly, they're handling the load so far, but how long can they keep that up?

And up front it's just a nightmare. Apart from Anze Kopitar and Duatin Brown, they might not have one other top-six forward. Alex Ponikarovsky is their top-line left wing most nights. And he's hurt right now. They have 69 goals in 25 games. Sixty-nine. You almost have to try to be that bad. It's going to be hilarious when this team.

So please, welcome the Los Angeles Kings. The biggest frauds in the Western Conference.

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#1 dickshilling
December 09 2010, 07:51PM
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back to back wins? what are these "wins" you speak of

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#2 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 07:59PM
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so how would you compare the kings and the flames. this should be interesting to read.

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#3 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 08:24PM
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hal a pena wrote:

so how would you compare the kings and the flames. this should be interesting to read.

Ryan thinks everyone sucks.

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#4 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 08:45PM
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flames are over .500 in their last 11...interesting....GF and GA are way too similar for my tastes.

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#5 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 08:45PM
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Nothing much going on yet.

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#6 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 08:45PM
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Looks like it's Handzus versus Iginla.

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#7 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 08:50PM
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so? is it a goal? ref was pretty emphatic

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#8 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 08:50PM
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oh yeah, that's in

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#9 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 08:52PM
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goal? Who even gets credit for that one?

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#10 otto
December 09 2010, 08:53PM
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Iggy should get it

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#11 otto
December 09 2010, 08:54PM
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went in off Smyth

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#12 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 08:54PM
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Well that sucks.

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#13 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 08:54PM
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LOL...now after they waived it off, they show us a clear kick...

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#14 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 08:55PM
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kick.figures, nothing can go in the net from the ragin stajan

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#15 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 08:59PM
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at least it aint game 7.

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#16 otto
December 09 2010, 09:00PM
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wow!

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#17 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:00PM
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oh Kipper that's SICK!

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#18 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:01PM
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Man...that was save and half. And some luck too.

Sarich with a mind-bogglingly bad play.

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#19 Robert Cleave
December 09 2010, 09:05PM
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@Kent Wilson

Cory Sarich's wtf moments with the puck this year are pretty damned frequent.

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#20 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:06PM
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Wow...Stoll should have had that one. Flames are getting the bounces early.

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#21 dotfras
December 09 2010, 09:07PM
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Brutal play by Stajan.

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#22 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:08PM
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Flames have only given up 3 chances in this period, but they were all 10 bellers.

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#23 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:09PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Flames have only given up 3 chances in this period, but they were all 10 bellers.

Lovely I dont know - should have been a call on Simmons too.

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#24 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 09:10PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Cory Sarich's wtf moments with the puck this year are pretty damned frequent.

hand grenade? or hockey puck

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#25 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:11PM
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Rough night for the 3.6M man.

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#26 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:13PM
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I wish Hagman had more finish, cause I sure like his hustle.

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#27 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:17PM
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some pressure at the end of that PP, and a scrum in close, but was there a scoring chance anywhere in there?

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#28 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:17PM
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Flames were decent early, but LAK mostly took over as time went on. A strong end to the period would be nice.

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#29 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 09:17PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Rough night for the 3.6M man.

well look on thre bright side theres alwas next year for improvement.

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#30 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 09:19PM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

I wish Hagman had more finish, cause I sure like his hustle.

that would be matti that has the scoring touch.

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#31 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:21PM
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Jackman got a good one in there before the kid bailed!

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#32 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:25PM
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Scoring chances were 5-4 in favor of the Kings, who didnt get their first one till that unreal Kipper save half way through.

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#33 Robert Cleave
December 09 2010, 09:28PM
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Corsi.

CGY -7, EV shots 11-8 L.A. It's the bottom of the Kings' lineup that's been driving possession so far.

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#34 otto
December 09 2010, 09:43PM
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I still say Stajan never touched that puck.

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#35 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:45PM
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Flames gotta start getting something going in the O-zone. Four chances so far isn't enough.

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#36 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:50PM
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The Flames can't get it beyond the red line in this period. Just being dominated.

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#37 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:50PM
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otto wrote:

I still say Stajan never touched that puck.

Didn't look like it to me either.

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#38 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 09:56PM
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Yeesh. If the Flames escape this period down by one, they should take it as a win.

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#39 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 09:57PM
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did his skate go OVER the puck?

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#40 Robert Cleave
December 09 2010, 09:58PM
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11 minutes into the period, no shots on goal. Hard to score that way.

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#41 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 09:59PM
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hey darryll take notice. team speed.

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#42 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:00PM
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Flames are getting the bounces in this game. They're all in the defensive zone, but still...it'd be 5-0 on a lot of other nights.

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#43 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:04PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Flames are getting the bounces in this game. They're all in the defensive zone, but still...it'd be 5-0 on a lot of other nights.

same chit different pile.

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#44 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:04PM
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There we go! Chance #1!

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#45 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 10:07PM
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Pretty godwaful so far. Especially Sarich.

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#46 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 10:09PM
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Wow..finally a sign of life.. Havent seen much of Backlund tonight...or Glencross, or (insert any of about 9 names here)

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#47 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:09PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

There we go! Chance #1!

does pathetic sum it up. or is there a better adjective.

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#48 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:10PM
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Nice effort by Backlund there.

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#49 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 10:15PM
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Also if I see Backlundon the 4th line again I'm going to hunt Brent Sutter down and punch his face off.

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#50 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:16PM
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Scoring chances: 10-3. I'll let you guess which team was ahead.

Flames can still steal one in the third, which is the best news right now.

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