Sunday, November 11, 2007

King comeback

It's nearly past this time zone's bedtime, but the Kings have just gone on a ridiculous run at home against Dallas, coming back after being down 4-0 with just more than seven minutes to go:

3rd Period
Los Angeles12:46, Dustin Brown 7 (Lubomir Visnovsky)
Los Angeles14:01, Scott Thornton 2 (Michal Handzus, John Zeiler)
Los Angeles15:35, Alexander Frolov 4 (Derek Armstrong, Jack Johnson)
Los Angeles15:59, Anze Kopitar 6 (Dustin Brown, Lubomir Visnovsky)
Los Angeles17:53, Ladislav Nagy 4 (Brad Stuart, Alexander Frolov)

That's ugly if you're a Stars fan.

Modano's tied it up late, and it's looking like OT. Who says there's not enough scoring in the NHL?

Oh, right — Lindy.


At 1:26 AM, November 11, 2007, Blogger Hossim said...

Dallas 3 Games in 4 Nights.
LA last game was 7 days ago.

They mentioned it on the Hot Stove tonight too, that the schedule this year is quite messed up. They were specifically talking about the 5 games on the Hall of fame induction night preventing some notables (like Gretzky) from attending the ceremonies.

But in this case I must wonder about the 6 nights off between home games for the Kings?

Great game though.

At 12:58 PM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

It reminds me of the Miracle on Manchester:

(except not quite as dramatic, of course)

At 1:30 PM, November 11, 2007, Blogger KMS2 said...

hossim: That game schedule is exactly why I expected the Kings to look flat and lose. Dallas had won 2 of their last 3 games and I expected them to come into Staples Center and rip my team apart. The last time the Kings had a week-long layoff, they went on a 5 game losing streak. The Stars had this game in the bag until the last half of the third period. The fans were taunting Turco after the second goal when Dallas was still up by 2 goals. You could just see the Stars losing it at that point. That game had more to do with mental toughness than the schedule.

At 9:00 PM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

I wish more people would stay up to watch Kopitar. I still strongly believe that he is and will be the best player from last year's rookie crop.

That OT winner was fantastic..

At 9:22 PM, November 11, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...


The fact he slipped to the Kings in that draft class shows exactly why several teams' scouting staffs need an overhaul.

At 11:29 PM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

Although Antropov has actually turned into a player recently, I think that teams feared taking a guy from a small country because of how Nik had developed to that point.

You're right about the scouting.. I finished Gare's book the other day and it really makes you realize how old fashioned a lot of scouting techniques are.

At 12:51 PM, November 12, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

You're right about the scouting.. I finished Gare's book the other day and it really makes you realize how old fashioned a lot of scouting techniques are.

I know I talk about baseball a lot around here, but this is another place where I think some comparison is instructive. Bill James began a revolution of looking at baseball through sophisticated statistical techniques back in the 1970s. (Actually, Branch Rickey and Allan Roth went down the same road in the 1950s, but it didn't catch on). It took thirty years, but eventually some front offices started using the approach openly.

This led to a very public conflict between the "stats guys" and the "scouting guys". The mess featured a high level of arrogance from both sides. However, by the time the controversy hit the mainstream, with the publication of Michael Lewis' Moneyball, it was actually receding within the baseball community.

Statheads such as myself developed a better understanding of what we can't explain, while at the same time, the quality of scouting went up drastically. I really think that the latter had less to do with scouts using more statistics now (though they do), and more to do with the fact that, when challenged, they came up with better ways to take advantage of what they are good at. I think the work done by MLB front offices now is much stronger, in several dimensions, than it was 10-15 years ago.

I've long thought that hockey was the most resistant of the four major sports to new ways of thinking. I could go into the sociology of sport to give some reasons why I think this is, but I'll just stick with the statement for now. The NHL is still looking for its Branch Rickey, and the first one that comes along is going to have a large competitive advantages. There are a lot of inefficiencies that exist in the NHL to take advantage of.


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