Los Angeles Kings: Not Easy For Black Aces To Stay Focused, Ready

Los Angeles Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier sprawls to make
a save during a recent practice session.
(click to view a larger image).
Photo: David Sheehan/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Every team in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has them, but they are usually unseen, or keep to themselves, staying out of the limelight, patiently waiting for their chance to crack the lineup, often a fleeting opportunity, at best.

These are the Black Aces, the extra skaters and goaltenders who rarely get the chance to play in the post-season, if at all, during a team’s run through the playoffs.

But wait a minute…where on Earth did the term, Black Aces come from, anyway?

As it turns out, the term was derived from the “Dead Man’s Hand” in poker, consisting of a pair of eights, the Ace of Spades, and the Ace of Clubs. Read more of this post


Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Fix Defense, But San Jose Wins, 1-0

LA Kings TV color analyst Jim Fox donned his famed “Don Cherry” jacket for Fox Sports West’s telecast of a 1-0 shutout loss by the Kings
to the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center
in Los Angeles on January 1, 2011.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — Six days after handing the San Jose Sharks a royal beat down on their own home ice, a decisive 4-0 victory on December 27, the Los Angeles Kings rang in the new year on a sour note, getting shutout at home by the Sharks, 1-0, disappointing a sellout crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 1.

Devin Setoguchi scored the lone goal for the Sharks at 18:54 of the second period.

The Kings outshot the Sharks in the game, 29-19, but failed get much traffic in front of San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi, who saw most shots all the way.

On the bright side for the Kings, they put in a solid defensive effort, a stark contrast to their previous two games in which they gave up a total of 13 goals, all of them gift-wrapped. Read more of this post