Archive for November, 2007

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We are way better than last year.

November 15, 2007

Kings lost in OT to the Ducks, but we’ll take a point. By the way Pronger is still a piece of crap suspended or not. He isn’t worth my time to write about.

The Kings obviously need to play 60 minutes worth of hockey and not start scoring just in the third period. Don’t get me wrong, this team is definitely improving every game but when they learn to play 60 minutes of the type of hockey they have played in the last 2 third periods, then we will be a dangerous team. Just to show how far this years squad has come compared to last year…

In 2006, the whole season we were never able to put together a 3 game winning streak. This years squad has already won 4 in row. Anyone that watched last years squad saw how inconsistent the Kings were. Also the Kings were 6-10-4 at this exact point compared to this years squad that is 8-8-1 right now. Pretty impressive considering the bad start that left the Kings 1-5 earlier in the season. One thing that can be attributed to the Kings success is the stability in the locker room and on the ice. We don’t have Avery anymore and the Goaltending situation is as stable as we have seen it in some time. That’s not saying that the position is perfect right now, but that we aren’t playing musical chairs on the Goaltenders. Which is a credit to Dean Lombardi. Last year we had ECHL talent coming through every other day with Brust, Fukafuji (sp?) etc.

The Kings have a lot of crucial games left this month against divisional foes and need to do well if they want to compete for a playoff spot later on this season.

Thu Nov 15, 2007 Ducks Kings 0 – 0 7:30 PM
Sat Nov 17, 2007 Coyotes Kings 0 – 0 1:00 PM
Mon Nov 19, 2007 Kings Stars 0 – 0 5:30 PM
Wed Nov 21, 2007 Kings Coyotes 0 – 0 6:30 PM
Sat Nov 24, 2007 Kings Sharks 0 – 0 7:30 PM
Sun Nov 25, 2007 Kings Ducks 0 – 0 5:00 PM
Wed Nov 28, 2007 Kings Sharks

Bernier watch:

Bernier suddenly looking consistent in the Q. Jonathan Bernier gets a win, saving 31 of 33 shots against Moncton.

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Jonathan Bernier…nothing to worry about.

November 11, 2007

I regularly check out some of our top prospects in the system, and it’s no secret that Bernier is going to be the final piece to this organization down the road. He played his heart out while playing for the Kings in 4 games but it wasn’t enough for him to stay with the big club. As much as I want to see Bernier play in a Kings uniform, it was the right decision to send him down. It’s not that he didn’t deserve to play in the NHL, he does, but the Kings didn’t deserve him this year. He got a taste of the big leagues and he will learn a lot from the experience. In fact I think this send down will benefit Bernier. While he isn’t playing great consistently in the Juniors, it will take him time to adjust and things will start clicking with Bernier. He’s only 19 with a ton of potential and the more importantly he is very mature from what we are hearing from the Kings Brass (Lombardi and Crow).

So don’t freak out when you check out his stats ( 5 games with a 13.17 GAA). I’m not an expert and don’t follow the Lewiston Maineaics on a daily basis, but they lost a lot of their key players from last years Championship team like our own Marc-Andre Cliche (Manchester Monarchs) and David Perron ( St. Louis Blues). Also the Maineaics are a young team and it will take time for them to be cohesive and consistent like they were last year. Then again, Bernier could be traded to another team in the Juniors that is more likely to make a run for the Memorial Cup.

Meanwhile our other top prospects are doing great from what I hear on LGK, with respect to Moller kicking ass.

Other Notable prospects updates (thanks to Rob2716 on LGK):
As petey mentioned above, Moller’s goal scoring streak came to an end. Chilliwack won, 3-2, in a shootout over Red Deer. Moller got an assist in the game, but he did score in the shootout.

Owen Sound beat Guelph, 3-2, in overtime. Simmonds with one goal, one assist, +2 and 2 PIM in the Attack win.

Quebec beats Baie-Comeau, 6-2. Joe Ryan was back in the lineup for Quebec but had no points in the win.

Erie loses to Sault Ste. Marie, 5-3. Josh Kidd with zero points in the loss.

Lethbridge beats Prince Albert, 4-2. Dwight King with 2 PIM.

Regina beats Saskatoon, 5-2. Rowat with the start and the win, making 26 saves in 28 shots.