Puck Probability: Predictions for Kings at Sharks, with a twist

Hopefully you’re sitting down for this one.
During the 2011 playoffs, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a disparaging article about L.A. fans and Staples Center. With the Kings and Sharks tied at one game each in their best-of-seven series – and the Kings coming off a 4-0 shutout in San Jose – […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Shore vs. Shore, Flames at Kings

While they may not get the publicity of say the Sutter or Staal families just yet, the Shores are turning into quite a little NHL factory. Older brother Drew was a second round draft pick by the Florida Panthers in 2009 and is now part of the Calgary Flames organization. His younger brother Nick was […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Ducks at Kings, Jan. 17

Scheduling Rob Blake’s jersey retirement against the Anaheim Ducks was a curious move by the Kings. Not the Colorado Avalanche, the team he won a Stanley Cup with, and not the San Jose Sharks, the team he was with when he retired as a player in 2010. However, there are reasons for picking tonight as […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Devils at Kings, Jan. 14

Martin Brodeur will not be in goal tonight for New Jersey. In fact, he isn’t even with the Devils anymore after manning their goal crease for two full decades. Additionally, Jaromir Jagr didn’t make it out West for the game. Add in Lou Lamoriello now serving as the head coach and you’re left wondering, who are these Devils? What is […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Maple Leafs at Kings

Once upon a time, the Kings and Maple Leafs waged what was arguably the best seven-game series in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Fast forwarding a little more than two decades later, today they are a pair of franchises heading in very different directions. Los Angeles is considered to have a roster full of players in […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Jets at Kings, Jan. 10

Just below the marked hatred that once existed between the Kings and three of their other former Smythe Division rivals – Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary – there used to be somewhat of a rivalry with the Jets. At the very least, many memorable moments in Kings franchise history took place between the two clubs. With Rob […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Rangers at Kings, Jan. 8

It’s funny, after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils for the Stanley Cup in 2012, there wasn’t much of a buzz for a rematch the next time they played (in fairness, that was partially due to their next encounter not coming for quite some time due to the NHL Lockout). More recently, the Kings […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Kings at Oilers, Dec. 30

Kings v Oilers, man, back in the day that was a marquee match up in the NHL if there ever was one. The story lines came by the chapter, not simply by the headlines. Nowadays, meh. It means little in the grand scheme of things.
That being said, LA needs a road win. What’s new, right? Well, actually, […]

Puck Probability: Predictions for Sharks at Kings, Dec. 27

Put simply, the Kings and Sharks do not like each other. The feelings were already mutual long before they met up in the playoffs last season. However, after Darryl Sutter’s squad handed Northern California’s hockey team yet another post-season disappointment – this time in the form of blowing a 3-0 series lead, even with home-ice […]

Puck Probability: Odds for Flames at Kings, December 22

Both the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings will be looking to pick up a win before the NHL holiday break. Currently fighting for a wild card spot in the Western Conference standings, the two clubs could be headed in different directions in the weeks to come. Calgary has been on a deep slide, while […]