The Royal Half Gameday: Anaheim Ducks
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KINGS POINTS LEADER vs INJURED JOHN TAVARES UPDATE:
LooKING Back:Last Thursday night the LA Kings organization didn't just lose a game to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2... or lose the opportunity to tie a franchise win streak record... or lose the chance for Jon Quick to match the franchise record for wins by a goalie... or lose the ability to celebrate Darryl Sutter's 500th victory as a NHL coach. No... instead... they lost their minds:
Only Jordan Nolan(9:03) and Trevor Lewis( 9:43) had less ice time tonight than Dustin Brown(10:12). No time on PK or PP either.— Spike Coffman (@SpikeC20) March 14, 2014
#LAKings captain Dustin Brown not available post-game either. He's almost always available. Will try to get further update.— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) March 14, 2014
Darryl Sutter said Dustin Brown was benched in the third, when Brown played four shifts.— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) March 14, 2014
The next morning....
Darryl Sutter said he benched Dustin Brown, who played only 10:12 during the #LAKings loss to Toronto. Brown had zero shots and two hits.— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) March 14, 2014
No Brown, no Quick on the ice for #LAKings practice. Looks like everyone else is accounted for.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 14, 2014
Jonathan Quick not on ice for Kings' practice. No Dustin Brown either.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) March 14, 2014
Obviously with Dustin Brown not at LA Kings practice this morning he’s back on the trading block.— The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) March 14, 2014
@HumanoidKings trades can't be made after the trade deadline has passed...— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 14, 2014
Darryl Sutter said Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick were out sick today.#LAKings— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) March 14, 2014
Kings on Brown's absence: "More maintenance than anything" http://t.co/ZjB3TfbEhX— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 14, 2014
Hearing Dustin Brown absence from Kings practice health-related, not a maintenance day— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) March 14, 2014
Hearing Kings Dustin Brown likely to miss tomorrow v Ducks due to injury. Could be longer. @TFP— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) March 14, 2014
Without knowing what really is happening with LA Kings Captain, Dustin Brown... the only thing we can do is just sit back and wait.
I can confirm @DennisTFP's initial report that Kings captain Dustin Brown is likely out beyond tmrw's home game against Ducks due to injury.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 15, 2014
LA TOURISM BOARD:Our pal, Adam Gretz, talked about the Anaheim Ducks' recent struggles over at SB Nation...
Their 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night snapped what had been a four-game losing streak, one that included an embarrassing 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week. After starting the season 36-8-5 in their first 49 games, they've won just eight of their past 18 games.
Is that most recent stretch simply a slump, or the sign of a team that is maybe starting to trend in the wrong direction at the wrong time of the year. If you think back to last season, where the Ducks stormed out of the gate by winning 22 of their first 29 games before starting to fade down the stretch before losing in the opening round of the playoffs to a No. 7 seed, it might be more of the latter.
Wow, well I'm sure that those deep in the Ducks organization are taking this recent slide very seriously considering this team has shown signs of slumping near the end of the season before.
More from Adam Gretz...
Once you get past Getzlaf, Perry and the goaltending there isn't really anything about this team that jumps out. Their forward depth isn't all that impressive, and they just traded their fifth-leading goal-scorer at the trade deadline (Dustin Penner) and brought in nothing to replace him. Even the great Teemu Selanne seems to have finally started to slow down this season.
Defensively, they have a couple of young talents in Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatenen, and Francois Beauchemin has long been underappreciated across the league, but again, is it really championship level depth when you have a guy like Ben Lovejoy playing top-four minutes on your blue line?Ben Lovejoy playing Top 4 minutes? Well, that has to be a serious cause for concern, right?
Finally, from Adam...
Not only are the Ducks near the middle of the pack this season possession-wise, they've been trending in the wrong direction all year, as the chart below (via ExtraSkater) shows.
Well, at least the Anaheim Ducks seem to be taking the fact that the San Jose Sharks have closed a 13 point gap over the past few weeks and are now tied with them for 1st in the Pacific extremely serious, right? RIGHT?!?
As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings. Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
TIM JACKMAN, RIGHT WING
In 20 games versus the LA Kings, Tim Jackman has 1 GOAL
Miss you, boo.
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Anyone else concerned the Kings players are so comfortable talking about golf this late in the season?
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf