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Western Conference finals preview: Kings vs. Coyotes, playoff experience


One of the most popular “head to head” angles at this stage of the season is playoff experience. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the playoff resumes from both Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Phoenix Coyotes

Most postseason games:

Ray Whitney (98), Daymond Langkow (70), Adrian Aucoin (61), Antoine Vermette (53), Taylor Pyatt (52), Shane Doan (50).

Stanley Cup finals appearances:

Whitney (Carolina, 2006), Vermette (Ottawa, 2007), Alexandre Bolduc (Vancouver, 2011)

Stanley Cups won:

Whitney (2006, Carolina)


Raffi Torres has 56 games and been to two Cup finals, but he’s suspended.

Bolduc played 1:39 in Vancouver’s 1-0 victory over Boston in Game 1.

Los Angeles

Most postseason games:

Mike Richards (72), Rob Scuderi (70), Justin Williams (60), Willie Mitchell (60), Jeff Carter (56), Dustin Penner (49).

Stanley Cup finals appearances:

Richards (Philadelphia, 2010), Carter (Philadelphia, 2010), Scuderi (Pittsburgh, 2008-09), Penner (Anaheim, 2007), Williams (Carolina, 2006), Matt Greene (Edmonton, 2006), Jarret Stoll (Edmonton, 2006).

Stanley Cups won:

Scuderi (Pittsburgh, 2009), Penner (Anaheim, 2007), Williams (Carolina, 2006).


Colin Fraser won a Cup with Chicago in 2010, though he only played three games in the opening round against Nashville.

Ethan Moreau and Simon Gagne also have extensive playoff experience, but neither are currently on the active roster.


One of the most overlooked narratives heading into this postseason was just how much experience the Kings had, though it wasn’t overlooked by captain Dustin Brown — who has all of 21 playoff  games under his belt.

“I think those guys definitely help,” Brown told LA Kings Insider. “I also think that a lot of these guys have been playing together a long time, and we kind of understand that this is the most successful we’ve been, but it’s not where we want to end up.

“Those guys definitely help to bring that to the forefront, and understanding that we haven’t done all that much, in terms of where we want to go and what we want to do.”

Phoenix has a decent amount of experience, though that’s partly to do with team makeup. Comprised of veterans and journeymen, the Coyotes have 10 players over the age of 30 and four (Doan, Langkow, Aucoin and Whitney) over the age of 35.

You’d almost expect them to have plenty of playoff experience, though it’s interesting to note Aucoin and Doan have never made it this far before.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.