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LAst Night's Action: Kings Get Avalanched

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Avs Goalie Peter Butaj blocking a shot from the Kings Patrick O'Sullivan. AP Photo/Jeff Lewis

Colorado Avalanche defeat LA Kings 4-3. This game was lost in the second period when costly turnovers by the Kings led to three goals scored by the Avs. While the Kings offense is promising, they puck handling and defense needs to be shored up if they hope to make a playoff run. Thankfully it's only the fifth game in the season. Game highlights below.

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Notable Notes

  • Congratulations to Dodgers first base coach Mariano Duncan who became the 93rd player inducted into the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame. He played 1,279 games in over 12 years with the Dodgers, Reds, Phillies, Yankees and Blue Jays and has just completed his third season as the first-base coach for the Dodgers. He was an All Star in 1994 with the Phillies and won World Series rings with the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and 1996 New York Yankees.
  • Las Vegas is hurting. After most books gave the Tampa Bay Rays 200-1 odds or worse to win the World Series, Vegas set the money line at -$1.35 for the Rays to win the World Series while the Phillies are at +$1.15. Basically it means that a better would have to put down $1.35 to win $1 on the Rays, and conversely the degenerate would win $1.15 if they put $1 on the Phillies. This is a move to get more action on the Phillies in order to buffer their potential losses if the Rays win the World Series. Basically if you put down $100 before the season began on the Tampa Bay Rays, you would get $20,000 if the Rays win the World Series. If you compound this with all of the upsets in college football, you can imagine why Vegas is none too happy.
  • The West Coast Offense is no longer the trend coming from the West. No, it's firing your head coach. The Oakland Raiders did it. The St. Louis Rams did it (although they're not really the West Coast, they do play in the NFC West). Now the San Francisco 49ers. Mike Nolan was fired and replaced by assistant head coach Mike Singletary of the famed 1985 Chicago Bears team. This could work. Since changing coaches the Raiders finally won a game. The Ram have won every game since ousting Scott Linehan. So maybe the 49ers can shuffle their way to some wins.

Tonight's Action

Charlotte Bobcats at LA Lakers. The teams head down to the San Diego Sports Arena (former home of the Clippers) to keep working out the kinks. After a very lackluster start to the preseason the Lakers seem to have gotten back to the Western Conference Championship ways. After this game they have only two games left to tune up. 7:00 pm KCAL 9, AM 570 KLAC.

Anaheim Ducks at Toronto Maple Leafs. The Ducks at some point need to actually play a game. With a 1-5 record, they will have to look really hard to find a win in their next three games all played in the icy tundra of Canadia. Fortunately the Maple Leafs also have only one win and are winless at home. So what better way to get their first win? 4:00 pm AM 830 KLAA (no tv coverage).