Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Kings Make Coaching Change

The LA Kings have fired coach Andy Murray. The Kings have fallen to 8th in the West, with San Jose likely to pass them in the next week, as San Jose has three games in hand, and are only one point back. The Kings have hired new John Torchetti as interim head coach. This move doesn't surprise me. My prediction? Marc Crawford is next.

The battle in the East has gotten closer tonight, as Toronto and Atlanta both got victories, while Montreal lost in regulation. This puts Atlanta into 8th place, one point up on Montreal, and four points up on Toronto. Toronto sits three points back of Montreal, and play the Habs both Thursday and Saturday. Toronto and Montreal have both played one less game than Atlanta. The Islanders and Panthers are still in the playoff hunt in the East as well. New Jersey is falling fast as well, and sit only three points ahead of 9th place Montreal.

With things slowed down on the trade front, I will make sure to blog as much as I can about the playoff race. I will also have a game of the night for most tonight. Tonight's game of the night is Vancouver @ Edmonton. Edmonton is currently tied for 8th in the West, while Vancouver is tied for 9th. An Edmonton win would put them into 6th in the West, while a Vancouver win would push Edmonton/LA out of the playoffs, and put them in a tie with Anaheim for 6th. Don't forget, San Jose will make the playoffs, and currently sit 10th. Colorado just lost Tanguay for 2-4 weeks, and is still using Budaj as their #1 goalie. This will cause them to slip in the standings, and they're not guarenteed a playoff spot. They sit just four points ahead of 9th place Vancouver and San Jose.

Currently Vancouver leads Edmonton 2-1 in the 2nd period. Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest, make sure to read all our columns, as they've really taken off, and we have new articles each day by at least one or two of our writers! Everyone has been great. cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com for all emails!