LA Kings vs Toronto Maple Leafs – When Mullets Were Cool

Tonight the Maple Leafs make a rare appearance in Los Angeles.
Toronto enters the game with 36 points, 13th in the Eastern Conference.  They’ll face a Kings team who won on Saturday for the first time in six games and now have 47 points, placing them 8th in the Western Conference.
However, when these two teams meet it will [...]

TRIVIA: Toronto Maple Leafs at LA Kings Preview

One of the many things separating hockey from the other major sports is that it actually has a capital. Basketball doesn’t have one, nor does baseball – even though Yankee fans would tell you differently.
And regardless of the Maple Leafs’ record at any given time, few in the world of hockey would disagree – except maybe [...]

Ryan Report – Smyth Passing 99 vs Oilers

While these days the Kings are jokingly referred to as Flyers-West, there was a time many years ago when they were Oilers-South.
In fact, the Kings most bitter rival for much of the ’80′s and ’90s was Edmonton. The two teams already didn’t like each other long before the 1988 trade for Wayne Gretzky and they [...]

Holiday Series – Gifts of Christmas Past

[Part one of a three part series]
In Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol the reader is taken through a spiritual awakening of Ebenezer Scrooge, a process that includes visits from the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
That tale began on Christmas Eve, however we’re going to begin a day earlier and [...]

Painting by Numbers with Ryan Smyth

Over his four-plus-year reign as Kings General Manager there can be little arguing Dean Lombardi’s incredible success at the NHL Draft table. However, the possible knocks on his rebuilding project in L.A. have been with free agent signings and trades for veteran players.
Some fans would have preferred a quick fix solution to the team he [...]

DVR Alert – The Trade That Changed Hockey

Make sure you set your DVR for early Sunday morning, as ESPN Classic will be showing an encore presentation of a film that’s a must see for all hockey fans, ‘Kings Ransom’.
“(It’s) an LA Story. It’s about a meandering franchise suddenly becoming one of the hottest tickets in sports thanks to a single athlete.”
That’s what [...]

10 Tidbits on Mattias Norstrom

He never won the Stanley Cup. He only scored 14 goals with the team. He made a single appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. And there are very few, if any, truly defining moments from his 11 years in Los Angeles.
Yet, Mattias Norstrom will forever be remembered as the Captain of the Kings.
He’s back in [...]

Jersey Numerology

Among the many things that separate hockey from other sports are fans’ obsessions with jersey numbers. It’s just not something that the average baseball enthusiast, for example, makes a big deal out of.
Hockey is different though.
Earlier today the Kings announced number changes for their latest fab five – Jake Muzzin, Brayden Schenn, Andrei Loktionov, Kyle [...]

Throwback Thursdays – Cowboy Bill Flett

Several decades before Alexander Frolov began driving Kings’ management and fans batty with his sporadic and irregular play, the team had another superstar in the making…Cowboy Bill Flett.
Known as a hard partier during his playing days, Flett passed away in 1999 from liver related complications.  Had he still been with us, yesterday would have been his 67th birthday.  How [...]

July 4th – Celebrating A Hockey Birthday Too

America is a great country and we should all be proud to live here.  While many are quick to place celebrities and athletes upon a pedestal, the real heroes are the men and women around the world that so bravely fight for our freedom.  It is because of them that we can sit here today safely.  Seriously, we salute you and [...]