"Beat LA" strikes me as a really unimaginative slogan. Was "Win the hockey match" taken?
Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET
The Coyotes will attempt to do what no other team has done versus the Kings this postseason: win a game at home. The Kings have won 6 consecutive road games, just one off the NHL record held by the Blackhawks of 2010, the Islanders of 1980 and 1982, thew Devils of 1995, and the Avalanche of 1999. The Coyotes will have to pick their game up considerably to avoid a repeat of Game 1, where they were out-possessed handily and outshot 48-27. Do they have it in them? The key will be shutting down Dustin Brown and his linemates, something no one has been able to do thus far. If they can't, the Kings will tie that record.
• CTV cites "bloggers" in its report on David Booth's bear hunt. The fact that they didn't name names is silly enough, but the fact that, upon investigation, the "bloggers" turned out to be posters at the Canucks.com message board is even worse. [PITB]
• Cam Cole compares bad hockey to love, in that it means never having to say you're sorry. [Vancouver Sun]
• Former Ottawa Senators' coach Cory Clouston has been fired by the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. [Sportsnet]
• Scotty Bowman traces the current style of playoff hockey back to Roger Nielsen. Time to tear down that statue outside of Rogers Arena. [The Globe & Mail]
• Congratulations to Claude Giroux, who has won a local award you've never heard of. [Broad Street Hockey]
• Penn State's hockey and football coaches want an outdoor hockey game at Beaver stadium. [Collegian]
• In case you were wondering, Niklas Kronwall plays the exact same way in international hockey:
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Mike, on the Devils' since-deleted "Don't re-sell your tickets to Rangers" campaign:
If you're a real hockey fan, you wouldn't be selling your ECF tickets to begin with...
Mike has a point.
Bold prediction: Another Kings win and more Dustin Brown magic.