MayorsManor Live Radio: NHL Awards and playoff predictions

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With the 2013 regular season behind us it’s time to talk about who is worthy of being nominated for the NHL Awards and look ahead to the eight playoff match-ups.  Who will win in the East?  Which teams have a shot at an upset in the West?
As usual, there a lot of questions at this time of […]

MayorsManor Live Radio – updates from Russia to Phoenix

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Soccer is the world’s game? Nah, it’s hockey!
No other professional sport in North America features more international stars. Plus, forget about the Dream Team beating up inferior basketball teams in the Olympics. If you’re looking for a truly competitive tournament at the Games, hockey tops all other team sports. Sure, the US and Canada can […]

Quotes from the Capitals locker room after 5-2 loss in LA

Only a few players in the NHL are as synonymous with their teams as Alex Ovechkin is with the Washington Capitals. It’s nearly impossible to think of one without the other.
He’s played the LA Kings just seven times in his career though, winning the first two meetings and now having dropped five straight – […]

Mike Richards has something his linemates don’t

The Capitals will be without forward Nicklas Backstom and defenseman Mike Green tonight, as they flew back to D.C. earlier today with nagging injuries.  Kings forward Mike Richards certainly won’t be crying over their absence. He’s played against both guys enough in his career to know the damage they can inflict on their opponents.
In […]

Dustin Brown on Ovechkin and how to beat the Capitals

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (photo: M. Zampelli)

With the Capitals in town for a game against the Kings tonight, it’s one of those rare opportunities to see Alex Ovechkin on the West Coast. Although he’s played over 500 games in the NHL, only six of them have come against the Kings – split evenly, with three […]

Dean Lombardi ‘troubled’ by Ryan Smyth trade request

When the NHL schedule came out yesterday it revealed the Kings will host both the Washington Captials and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Sid and Ovi coming to town? Usually that’s enough to talk about on a boring Thursday in June.
Yet, leave it to Dean Lombardi to throw that one out the window.
First, he made a huge trade with […]

Jack and USA done, Bernier ready for Ovechkin tomorrow

Johnson and Jagr at IIHF quarterfinalsPhoto by Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF

Out of the sixteen countries to play in the main pool at last year’s IIHF World Championships the United States finished 13th – ahead of only France, Italy and Kazakhstan.
They’ll finish five slots higher this year, but there isn’t much to celebrate. After advancing to the elite-8, they […]

Forget Quick… It’s the return of Bernier vs Ersberg!

You read that right.
It’s just not for a spot on the Kings. Instead, they’ll square off at the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.
With Canada looking to lock down the top spot in their pool on Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock has announced he’ll start Jonathan Bernier in goal for their final game of the qualification round.
Bernier […]

Dustin Brown Ready For Something New

Damn it’s early for a Saturday.  But, there’s hockey to be played – so let’s do this.
While normally the Kings don’t see the Eastern Conference teams too often, seven-year pro Dustin Brown has actually played the Washington Capitals every year he’s been in the league except one (2007-08).
Of those six games, four have been in Los Angeles. […]

Word Association with Theo Fleury

When you think Flames vs. Kings it’s hard not to conjure up an image of Theo Fleury.
He brought more passion to a single game of hockey than some players bring in an entire season. Over multiple teams in a career that lasted more than 1,000 games in the NHL, he epitomized the line ‘You hate […]