Kings crown Coyotes, Champs up next

In front of less than 6,000 fans in the desert on Monday night, the
Los Angeles Kings were able to take advantage of a clear path to the
net.  Drew Doughty netted the game winner and solidified the comeback
as the Kings were able to knock off the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 after
heading into the 3rd period down 3-1.

The comeback was a valiant effort by the Kings.  It proved that they
are not a club that is willing to let any game just drift away because
they are losing.  A very positive sign, and hopefully a great sign of
things to come for the Kings organization.

I said the return of Justin Williams would be very important, and
just that it was. Williams had a goal was a plus 1 with 3 shots and his
total time on ice was 15:27.  A good return to the line up after
missing time.  The better part of the situation was the fact that the
Kings scored 5 goals and got a victory.

Next up for LA is the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh
Penguins on home ice.  This might be one of the bigger, if not biggest
tests of this early season for the Kings.  The Penguins are currently
one of the best and hottest teams in the league and there is no reason
for the Kings to take them lightly.

The lines, with Alexander Frolov back on the ice at practice, looked as follows:

Smyth-Kopitar-Williams
Parse-Stoll-Brown
Frolov-Handzus-Simmonds
Ivanans/Richardson/Purcell/Harrold

It’s back to the lineup that was situated when Williams first went
down to injury, however Teddy Purcell was skating on the fourth line,
with Scott Parse still up and skating on the second line. The Penguins,
without Malkin and Gonchar are still a very tough team to play. 
Everyone steps up when called upon and that is one of the main reasons
the Penguins are the defending cup champs.

Tomorrow night, Kings fans will be hoping that the team plays to
it’s full potential and can gain two points at home.  It’s a great time
to seriously step up and get things in order for LA.  The Cup Champs
are in town!

Quick Hits:

Randy Jones is not yet ready to make his debut in a Kings uniform,
at least not in head coach Terry Murray’s eyes.  I’m sure fans are
waiting to see what the waiver wire acquisition can bring to the table.

My apologies for the quick blog today, as work has taken up the
majority of my time.  Next week things slow down a bit, and I’ll be
blogging back to normal, hopefully every other day if possible.