Phoenix @ Kings, Phoenix @ Kings

*mini update for 3/19 game*

Bernier is in net! Well rotated goaltenders!

*end mini update*

I refuse to write two game threads for these games. We haven’t even played them yet and I already find tonight and tomorrow against the Coyotes exasperating purely on principle.

Seems Quick is in tonight, which is minimally acceptable only providing that Bernier plays tomorrow. Though my faith in him has temporarily wavered, I will go ahead and say he plays well tonight. I just hope that Sutter isn’t tempted to start him again after he wins.

So, how nasty does this get before we’re done with this home/home series? Clifford has been on a bit of a fighting tear lately, much to the chagrin of Kings fans whom I’m sure Kyle would dismiss as being Nancies, so considering that these two games are against a team with whom we already have a distinct amount of bad blood, a tussle or two is likely to occur. On a scale of 1 to brain damage, how badly do you want to see Clifford pummel Raffi Torres?

Safe bet that if Toffoli plays in both games he gets his first NHL goal? I think so.

What odds would you take in Vegas first, that, or Doughty scoring his first goal?

Speaking of Doughty, how fucking good is this kid? How many defensemen at his, or hell, at any age, are able to transform their game to fit the needs of the team? This guy has gone from protected offensive phenom to defensive stalwart shielding others who are in the same position now that he was just a few short years ago. Doughty’s defensive game has always been strong, but it is sad that his lack of goals takes him out of the national conversation for the league’s top defensemen this season. Going from needing a safety valve to being a safety valve is no easy feet, and I am loving Drew this season as much as I have any other. The goals will come.

What name should the Coyotes take when they inevitably move? I’m hoping they stick with the road kill theme.

Mmm… Road kill. I’ve had roasted Coyote before. Tastes good, albeit a touch sour.

GO KINGS!



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27 replies

  1. Fuck the yotes

  2. Totally agree about Doughty. It annoys the hell out me that some people are so short sighted to think DD is having a bad year because he has no goals. He is playing great and is paired with either Muzzin, Drewiske or Ellerby, not exactly veteran stalwarts out there. I persoanlly think that DD has gone to a new level right in front of our eyes this year, just wait till he gets a good, veteran dman to pair with him.

    As for Quick, Sutter is pissing me off with his inability to ride the hot goalie. Quick has been crap all year and Bernier has proven over and over again that he deserves his shot at number one. Its not like its a regular 82 game schedule this year where we can afford to wait 30 games for Quick to decide to show up on a consistent basis. we are only 2 points ahead of 9th place Phoenix.

    Anyways enough of my rant, I call it it a tight 3-2 win. Quick isn’t brilliant but does just enough for the W, and the Kopi line lights it up. GKG

    • If I’m giving Sutter the benefit of the doubt, then I’m thinking he plays Quick tonight because the team will need Bernier more tomorrow when they are tired. But Phoenix should be tired too… So that logic isn’t the soundest.

    • Quick will start tonight and tomorrow just because that is what DS does. The last two sets of back to backs he started the same goalie.

      I feel like everyone is upset with DD because of his contract. He’s making 7 million a year and has no goals and a -2 rating (I however do agree with you and think he does so much outside the numbers that not many D-man can do). He just needs to get that 1st one and I believe he will role.

  3. I say let Doughty play the way he is. If he can break down the other team and keeps the puck out of our zone then who cares if he doesn’t score. When he does that is just a plus for us. Go Kings Go!!!

    • Let Muzzin and Voynov take all the attention off of him. Some poor team is going to key on Voynov and Muzzin in the playoffs and Drew will shred them.

      • As soon as either Greene or Mitchell come back, Doughty can go back to where he was in the past (and Ellerby can go to his next team). I’m hoping for Mitchell first.

  4. Bad call not giving Berns the start :(
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC!!!

  5. Totally agree on DD. And not to whine about, I love the guy even more. I did get on him before I knew the coaches changed his role. What is he, 23? What a great player/ teammate.
    And I am prepared to hold my breath at every shot Quick faces.

  6. I’m glad these purple crown jerseys are going away. The pants the team wears with them don’t match the rest of the uni. The double stripes don’t work. It shouldn’t, but it bothers me.

    • I was going to mention their impending demise, but decided to rather let them fade away without fanfare into the obscurity in which they belong.

    • I’ll miss them, I HATE the home plate jerseys. Love the simple crown, wish they would go back to the black and white with just the crown. Also, I want Cliffy to fight Doan on an 8 and Smith on severe brain damage.

  7. All wishes granted. Kopi and carter tag teamed Smith in the third. Good for Toffoli… Good for Quick. He was in control and deserved the outcome. Look at our Kings; offensive juggernauts! Love, love beating Phoenix. Especially that ass hat Smith.

  8. Doughty is totally responsible for it being a shutout!!!! Go Kings!!!!!!

  9. So one win down, and Bernier in tonight! Pissed I can’t go, but looking forward to tracking another Kings win twitter.

  10. Under 5 1/2 is the line tonight.

    Book it to the bank.

    You’re welcome.

  11. DOUGHTY!!! In his own words: “I can’t believe that went in. FINALLY.”

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