Phoenix Coyotes @ LA Kings Open Forum: Battle For The Bubble

We’re so close to first place in the division! Only 3 points away. Nevermind that San Jose perpetually has 3 games in hand. Still, we could end the night 1 point behind them.

We HAD a decent lead on Phoenix. But that last road trip put and end to that. The Coyotes are two points behind the Kings so tonight is one of those games that either makes life a hell of a lot more difficult for the Kings, or gives them some breathing room. With Calgary, who we play in two days, just a point behind the Coyotes, the Kings need to start doing themselves some favors. Tied for 6th, a far cry from 5th and on the cusp on 9th, the playoff race is in ramping up into full gear.

Going into the game, the talks of the town Jordan Nolan and Dwight King are coming off scoring both of their first goals in the NHL. Yesterday Sutter had strong words to keep their efforts up and their egos in check.

“They’re nothing special”

Ouch. Context? Fuck context.

Sutter’s attitude is that they should be scoring those goals. They should be playing well. If they don’t or can’t, well that’s why they were in the AHL to begin with and tough cow-he-recently-milked titty. Jarret Stoll is supposedly going to be ready to go as early as Saturday so this could be the last time we see one of these freakishly large children for a while.

(As an aside, if you like it when Scribe gets angry and sad, keep reading Hammond’s interview for the part where Sutter essentially says he thinks Brandon Kozun isn’t special enough to be an NHL player.)

The fanless Mutts are playing well lately, 6-2-2 in their last 10 games… though they did just lose in overtime to the Sharks. We all know how frustrating it is to lose in OT. Almost makes you mad even… like, Phoenix is going to be really mad tonight! Well I’m mad too damnit! I haven’t been to a live Kings’ game in weeks! And Dustin Penner hogged all the syrup at breakfast! And…. and… and it will be a normal, division rivalry game. Far as I can tell there is nothing particularly special going on with the Coyotes’ roster and for the Kings it looks like Davis Drewiske might replace Alec Martinez. Cue the “auditioning for a trade” rumor. Clearly this is because Columbus wants Drewiske and Martinez for Rick Nash and needs to see Drewiske play and Lombardi doesn’t want to risk Martinez getting injured. It’s all so obvious now. Or better yet, there is no trade and Alec Martinez upset Sutter this morning before practice by laughing at a joke Penner told and is now in Sutter’s doghouse, or hog shed or chicken coup or whatever he owns.



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  1. Where’d you get that picture of my wife?!?!

  2. Ahhh…is that whole milk in them juggs? :D

  3. Good to see Penner sitting out again. He’s about as useful as a buggy whip in downtown.

  4. I bet those those jugs make a lot of milk

  5. How about that Rich Hammond! He just posted on Kings Insider, “Kings reportedly on Nash’s ‘list'” Welcome to the freakin party Rich! Every post he has makes me hate him more and more.

  6. Who would do this trade?
    Bernier, Loktionov, Voynov, Toffoli? (or other prospect) + 1st
    Nash, Carter, Mason

    If the above is too much how about minus the last prospect?

    (I havent done the cap math so not sure of Carter works with Quicks big raise, it should.)

    i think I do this because Parise is gonna stay in NJ or sign somewhere else. This gets us the goals and skill without getting dicked yet again in the offseason with UFAs. The contracts are shit but they will get cheeper.

    Heres the lines i get from that:
    (based on carter being able to play LW. Im not sure if its LW or RW he plays when hes not playing center) And I like the way Brown plays on LW, protects the puck better going to the net.

    Brown (1LW) Kopitar (C) Nash (1RW)
    Carter (2LW) Richards (2C) Williams (2RW)
    Clifford/King/Gagne (3LW) Stoll (3c) Lewis/Nolan (3RW)

    We keep JJ, resign Stoll for cheap, and get Mason working with Ranford.
    Quick, Mitchell, Scuderi and (maybe Martinez) get renewed.

    The last 2 lines could be better but I’m sure with the first two lines kicking ass the other two lines will feed off that and step up.

    How does the above team not Kick Ass????

    • Ah shit cap wise its a no go with Carter, I was thinking ditch Penner for a pick (thats 4.25mil), If gagne is on LTIR or gone thats (3.5mil)

      Looks like stoll would have to go to. or it doesnt work this season.

      Hopefully Mitchell signs for cheaper, that would save some much needed $$ next year

  7. I’m down for Nash as long as we don’t have to give up JJ.

  8. Everyone is suggesting that we have to give up Bernier to get Nash, and after reading what is coming out of Columbus, it almost suggest that Howson is not really after a goalie.

    Portzline writes Columbus wants “at least one young roster player along with top prospects and quality draft picks.”

    Nothing about a goalie, but I’m sure that Howson would not shy away from a Bernier, or would he? (unproven). I believe it is a lot easier to judge “potential” from a skater rather than a goalie (see Steve Mason) and this is why I think the Kings need to give up a Voynov and prospects like Kozun, Vey, King, Nolan, etc. plus whatever high picks the Kings can afford.

    I, personally, would like to keep Bernier and obiviously we would need to dump salary like Penner and/or Stoll to make it work.

  9. So much for passing Chicago tonight in the standings…Already 3-0 Blackhawks!

  10. Bout to walk into the game. Got a good feeling the Kings are gonna bring it.

  11. Dustin Brown barreling down on Klesla certainly had nothing whatsoever to do with him bobbling that pass there. That’s why physical play is overrated, it never causes the opponent to make mistakes. Ever. It didn’t work in the playoffs last year either. At all.

  12. … See, I don’t like this. No one wants to see someone get hurt, but Brown simply finished a check. It wasn’t dirty. Why there almost always has to be some sort of emo response, I have no clue.

  13. … And you’re wondering why Doughty doesn’t have as many points as you’d like? The result of that breakaway was one reason why.

  14. … Smith going after Kopitar? What the FUCK is going on here.

  15. Wow Phoenix goalie just went crazy! …on Kopi!
    Quicker just itching to go get him!
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  16. … Look at Richards trying to cut down that big tree. And OUCH, that hit by Hanzal was dirty.

    Christ. This is like a damned circus so far.

    • Think it will get reviewed? From the first angle it looked like his elbow chicken winged a bit although that could have just been follow through. Either way, clearly interference and a head hit.

  17. Another fight! Mikey..
    haven’t even seen Westy or Cliffy yet ..geez
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  18. Someone pissed in everyone’s Gatorade bottles tonight. I think it was Penner.

    • … ANOTHER scrap. And Fraser got owned a bit there.

      This is a war tonight.

      Someone pissed in everyone’s Gatorade bottles tonight. I think it was Penner.

      … That’s a shitload of piss.

  19. Holy shit! This is the most exciting first period I’ve seen all year. I’m already satisfied. A win is just a bonus.Rip some ass, boys!

  20. And I JATE that mother F’n Torres POS
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  21. Fuck! Lewis got a great shot there.

  22. … You gotta hope that in a game like this, with how aggressive both teams seem to be tonight, physically and offensively – that perhaps this can be a galvanizing moment for the team if they can win this thing.

  23. Some glorious chances. Man, if the Kings only had a wing that could finish…

  24. What’s with Quick stacking the pads so much lately? Is there some retro trendy thing going around I haven’t heard about?

  25. JEEEEZ! Richardson, Lewis, and King all got some good chances right in tight.

  26. Screw the defense, all out attack. Let Quick handle the outnumbered chances, and score a fucking goal!

  27. Score, mothersutters! Aaaaagh!

  28. So far the hockey gods have inspired the coyotes to come into our place, drop the gloves, slam the boards and take a lead halfway into the third period. Impressive showing by Phoenix.

    Kings…not so much.

    I get trading defense for a little offense, but impotence? Grueling.

  29. … Well, here we go. They have a great opportunity, and now’s the time.

  30. Trade deadline: February 27, 2012. 3 PM EST. It’s time.

  31. Give Bob and Patrick the “Kings need to score” script for Kings Live again.

  32. Great effort by everyone.
    Once again, no scoring and an unfair loss for Quick.
    If we keep this up, I wouldn’t re-sign with us either.
    10 goals in 6 games and 4 were against Dallas.
    We fucking need offense!!!
    By the way, Anaheim is right behind us along with four other teams.
    At this point I’ll drive our trade to Columbus myself for Nash, just let me know who it is and I’ll pick him/them up!!

  33. “No one, and I mean no one…comes into our house and pushes us around.”

    It’s time the Kings watched Rudy again, because it’s quickly becoming a situation where many of them won’t be here next year…

  34. Is it time to admit our beloved team sucks donkey balls! Shut out again!? 9 times giving up 1 goal and losing….fuck me! Sigh…….I was so excited after the first period…. I’m going to bed and I am going to dream about having my way with those luscious breast I saw earlier. Motor boat, motor boat, motor boat. Only thing that’s going to make me feel better…..


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