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Game Preview: Kings Vs Nashville Predators

       

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Fresh off a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets the Kings (3-3-2; 8 points) continue their road trip in Nashville against the Predators (4-2-3; 11 points) tonight at 5. The Predators are coming off a dominating 6-1 performance against the Blues and are on a three game winning streak. Nashville's lineup is consistent from top to bottom, which will force the Kings to play a patient and smart game.

The Predators have a balanced offensive attack led - but not dominated - by Martin Erat and Brandon Yip. Nashville jumped to a 3-0 first period lead against the Blues with goals by Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune, and Nick Spaling. ...

Second Period Onslaught Leads Kings Past Blue Jackets, 4-2

 

 

Another slow first period put the Kings in a hole at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

A Slava Voynov goal was disallowed when Anze Kopitar was called for incidental contact with Columbus goalie, Steve Mason. The Kings entered the game 2-3-2 and in 14th place in the Western conference with road games in Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago looming  tonight's game was crucial. The Blue Jackets took the lead when a shot went off the skate of Derek MacKenize and found its way past Jonathan Quick. Adding injury to insult Drew Doughty limped off the ice writhing in pain after taking a slapshot to his foot just before the end of the period. ...

Game Preview: Kings Vs Anaheim Ducks

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The Kings (2-2-2; 6 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks (4-1-1; 9 points) tonight at 7. The Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild last night,3-1, thanks to the Kyle Palmieri, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Ryan line which generated all three goals. The Kings lost 2-1 to the Predators Thursday in a shootout and have gotten points their last four games.

It's been an unimpressive start by the Kings who have failed to score and create constant pressure. The Ducks are a formidable opponent with a self less, high powered offense but have holes on the defensive end that the Kings will have to exploit to win. A win against a local rival with a less than daunting pe...

Kings Win Number One, Dispatch Coyotes 4-2

The defending Stanley Cup Champions finally have a win to call their own. It appears as though head coach Darryl Sutter was right all along—there was nothing to be overly concerned with. Except that power play, which once again failed to register a tally, bringing the team’s total man-advantage record to 0-23.

The Kings (1-2-1) defeated division rival Phoenix (1-4) by a score of 4-2 thanks to a number of offensive contributions at just the right time. That may seem a bit obvious and with a twinge of ease as they went against a career mediocre backup goaltender in Jason LaBarbera. Starter Mike Smith continues to nurse an injury. His retu...

Power(less) Play

In Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last year New Jersey's Steve Bernier was called for a five minute major and given a game misconduct when he boarded Rob Scuderi. Despite a dismal track record on extra man opportunities, the Kings blew the game open when Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, and Trevor Lewis all found the back of the net. The lead was too significant and the Kings won the Stanley Cup after finishing off the Devils, 6-1. Penalties can change the course of a game as quickly as they occur.

In a short but young season where the drama is back on the ice instead of conference rooms the Kings have a problem. After three games (0-2-1) the Kings inability to capitalize on ...

Kings Drop Second in a Row With 3-1 Loss

Different game, same result. A contest Tuesday night in Colorado did little to propel the Los Angeles Kings into the win column, and with the 3-1 loss the defending champions' record stands at a middling 0-2.

Kyle Clifford picked up his first goal of the season in the waning moments of the first period. A juicy rebound plopped right on his stick and ultimately into the back of the net after a Jordan Nolan slap shot. For Sergei Varlamov, it was the most out-of-place he would be all night, who ferociously buckled down the rest of the way despite his team being in the hole most of the evening.

Jonathan Quick stopped twenty-eight shots, ninet...

Blackhawks at Kings: Does the Reign End Here?

 

The Staples Center will be packed tomorrow with fans eagerly awaiting the return of their Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings.  Celebrations are scheduled to begin long before the start of the banner raising ceremony at 3pm ET (2pm CT), officially sealing off the Kings’ 2011-2012 victory year, and announcing the hunt for a new champion. 

 

For Chicago Blackhawks, the spectacle will be all too familiar, it being only two years...

NHL Lockout: Kopitar Scores, Dominates in Swedish Debut

After witnessing Anze Kopitar's triumphant return to Swedish hockey on Tuesday, friend of TCL Petter Filipsson had this to say via twitter: 

 

@noclassfriday @r_johnson21 Never witnessed anything near this in any sport. Kopitar alone humiliated my home team. 1+3 twitter.com/PetterFilipsso…

— Petter Filipsson (@PetterFilipsson) September 25, 2012

 

Well it appears that the recent Stanley Cup winner has adjusted to life in the SE-2 quite well. In his first game in Sweden’s second league (the top league has barred locked out NHL players from signing there although it appears that ban will be lifted soon), the Kings’ Slovenian...

Claude Giroux Wins NHL 13 Cover Vote

After tallying up the 25 million votes submitted, the results are finally in: Claude Giroux will be on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 13. The results were announced live at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Giroux beat out Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne in the final round of voting, and follows in the footsteps of recent cover models Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane.

The tournament began with 50 cover vote candidates, and was eventually whittled down to 16 nominees, set up in a bracket format. Giroux surpassed such big names as Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, and Anze Kopitar on his way to the final round.

Devils Stave Off Elimination, Defeat Kings 3-1

Hey, it's a series! And hits like this will continue. (Photo courtesy of Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

Despite the sheer dominance the Los Angeles Kings have shown over the previous three contests, one sort of expecting these road-weary Devils to show some fight at some point. Tonight they did. The teams combined for four goals, all of which were scored in the third period. The final tally was recorded by rookie Adam Henrique, who only has two series-clinching goals on his short resume prior to tonight’s game. His short-side snipe with less than five minutes to go sealed the victory and saved his team from a...