WEEK 7 (Nov 12-Nov 18)

Los Angeles Kings (14-6-1)

GIF That Best Represents the Past Week for the LA Kings:

At first, Kings fans were all: 

angry kid

Because, you know:

Jonathan Quick Groin Injury

But then they were all: 


And a little like: 

Family Member of the Week:

That’s Drew Doughty’s sister? I just don’t see it.


Somebody’s NHL Call-up Got Lost in the Mail:


I wonder why Scott Sabourin isn’t getting any NHL consideration, even with all of these injuries for the Kings.


This week we bring you a special, “You Make the Call‘ edition of LA KINGS BLOGGER BEEF, presented by Bud Light Lime:

Blogger Beef veteran, @RobertJFTC, and noted Chicago Blackhawks blogger, @AndrewCieslak, hook up for a potentially devastating sub-tweet: 

Manual RTing is a practice employed by many bloggers, throughout Twitter. Andrew, our Blackhawks buddy, probably means this in a pretty general way. However, Robert’s response could be in reference to one specific Kings blogger, notorious for employing this technique:

Is this another case of Kings blogger on blogger crime? … You make the call.


Hey, let’s all just be thankful that Mayor stopped schmoozing the UFC long enough to RT some Kings news.


Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (15-5-2)

GIF That Best Represents the Past Week for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:

For all of the premature celebrating that Ducks fans have been doing, the team is just one point ahead of both the Sharks and Coyotes, and are just three points ahead of the Kings. All of those teams also have a game in hand on the Ducks.

Field Trip Fun:

First, to set the scene:

Yup. Teemu Selanne is the only Duck anybody, outside of Anaheim, will ever give a shit about.

Is Emerson Etem’s Twitter handle a 2Pac reference? If it is, I love him even more than I already did.

Oh dear god. I hope somebody gave Heinz Field a heads up. There’s no way they would normally be stocked with enough hot dogs for Dustin Penner and Bruce Boudreau.


*uncomfortable laughter*


The Worst of the Worst from @ducksfanzone:

Let’s watch the Ducks go from the greatest team in the history of organized sports, to a flawed team trying to compete in the NHL’s most competitive division, through a series tweets from our good buddy, DFZ:



We’re counting OT losses in the playoffs now? I just want to make sure I’m up to speed.

You always learn new things when you follow DFZ. In fact, this week I learned that Ducks fans are really preoccupied with where their team places in “power rankings.” They apparently DON’T view these as meaningless lists, thrown together every week, by various media outlets. See:


This isn’t a new thing. The Ducks faithful have been taking umbrage with the media doubting their team’s “power” all season. 

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Here’s some advice for all fans: Just enjoy your team when they are winning. Don’t concern yourselves with other people’s arbitrary ranking systems.

Just enjoy the ride, because it’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs.

For example … Tuesday, at Florida:

Thursday, at Tampa Bay:

Friday at Carolina:

Ducks fans are now happy about getting one point against Carolina. That bar got lowered pretty quickly.



First Round, Stat Line of the Week:



Ben Scrivens leads the league in GAA, Save %, and shutouts. Of course he does.


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This isn’t so much about either of those stat lines as it is about Tim Thomas’ facial hair.

Winner: Us. Because we are going to get to watch Quick vs. Scrivens in the Gold Medal Match in Sochi.


Second Round, War of Words:


With the team in New Jersey this week, L.A. Kings Insider revisited Anze Kopitar’s OT winner from Game One of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final:

Anze Kopitar on how the breakaway developed:
We were in our zone, and the puck came around to the bench side. It was Drew that chipped it in, and Willie was just outside our zone, and I wanted to make sure I was in the middle and nobody was over top of me, so I yelled for the puck and Willie gave it to me right on the dot. It was actually funny, because I almost lost the puck going into their zone. I regrouped there and was able to put it in.

Really this is just an excuse for you all to watch this again:

That play by Justin Williams is magical.


Bruce Boudreau, via @icemancometh

Get your own schtick, Boudreau 

Winner: Chris Kluwe‘s potential second career in the NHL.


Third Round, Video Highlight of the Week:


Thomas Hickey … SO MAD.

It has been floating around, but I just want to make sure that we all agree this game is forever known as the “MIRACLE FROM MANCHESTER.”

Miracle From Manchester-imp


Dustin Penner already has 13 points in just 15 games played. He had 17 points in 65 games in 2011-12, and 14 points in 33 games last season. There’s no joke here.

Winner: The city of Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the most anybody has ever cared about it.


WINNER OF THE WEEK: The only acceptable answer is this screen grab …


A rambling man, Hrudey can't be tied to any one team. But because he's too cheap for NHL Gamecenter, his NHL universe consists only of Ducks and Kings broadcasts. What he lacks in knowledge of the actual sport of hockey, he makes up for in snark and pop culture references. You can follow Hrudey Can't Fail on Twitter @HrudeyCantFail.