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Discuss: Kings clinch playoff spot after powering past Coyotes


It was a dominating performance for the L.A. Kings, and one that punches their ticket to the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Kings were in full control over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, powering ahead to a 4-0 victory against their Pacific Division opponents, who were also looking to jump back into the top-eight teams in the Western Conference.

Let’s discuss:

  • Yes, the Coyotes were playing their second game in as many nights, and the Kings are certainly a very good team. But with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Coyotes were never able to generate a push. A single point would’ve pushed them ahead of the Dallas Stars and into the second Wild Card spot in the West. Now the Stars hold the upper hand, and with two games in hand, too.
  • The Coyotes had just 17 shots on goal. Yeah, they were shut down almost completely.
  • Had to feel for Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss. He made a huge pad save on Jeff Carter’s late second-period breakaway to keep it a two-goal game at the time. He also made another stop off Anze Kopitar on a breakaway in the third period. This one could’ve been much worse on the score board if not for Greiss.
  • Carter would have his revenge, scoring the Kings’ third goal of the night. Game over.
  • Stanley Cup champs in 2012; Western Conference finalists in 2013. The Kings are going back to the post-season and look to be just as formidable as the previous two years. They’ve won seven of their last eight games.
  • Jonathan Quick now up to six shutouts on the season. Wasn’t overly busy in this one.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?