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Vanek And Grabner Return To LI, But For How Long?

With Austria's most recent loss to the Slovenians, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner will both be returning to Long Island with their Olympic tours coming to an early end (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Grabner leaves the tournament second in scoring, only behind Team USA's Phil Kessel. Vanek finished with only one assist in the four games played as Team Austria's captain.

Now Vanek will focus on returning to a destination that he will likely only call his home for a short while longer. It was evident that Isles GM Garth Snow was looking to move the star forward before the NHL roster freeze. When NHL games resume, there will be only five days left for Snow to trade Vanek to a contending team looking to bolster their roster before the playoffs.

Are the Kings Done?

According to Twitter and the rest of the Internet one thing has become certain: An original six Stanley Cup Final is inevitable. The 2011 Stanley Cup Bruins will face the 2010 Stanley Cup Blackhawks in what is to be a truly remarkable championship. The only problem of course is that Chicago has not finished the Kings and won the Campbell Bowl.

I’m a fan of Twitter and think it’s a great platform for news, smack talk, and enjoying the moment with people you’ve never met. The only problem is how short sighted and visceral tweeting has become. You’d think that the Chicago fan base more than any other would understand that a 3-1 series lead is not necessarily ins...

Game Preview: Kings Vs Blues

 

Preview: The Kings (18-12-2; 38 points) continue their road stretch in St. Louis to take on the Blues(17-13-2; 36 points) tonight at 5. The Blues sit just behind the Kings in 7th place in the Western Conference standings.

This will be the third and final game between the two teams. The Kings captured two points in the two previous games winning 4-1 in February and 6-4 a couple weeks ago. Despite leading the team with 18 goals Jeff Carter has recently cooled off leaving the Kings with a more balanced approach. Carter scored three times in the two games against the Blues and will look to light the lamp tonight.

St. Louis has dropped three of their last four g...

Game Preview: Kings head to Phoenix

 

 

 

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The Kings (14-8-2; 30 points) head Phoenix to take on the Coyotes (12-10-3; 27 points) tonight at 7. Los Angles finished their recent five game home stand 4-1 and have won 11 of their last 14 games. The sharp turn around puts the Kings in second place in their division and third in the West. The Pacific rival Coyotes are fourth in the division and ninth in the West.

The two teams met in the West Conference finals last May and despite playing only one game this season are familiar with one another. Fast physical games are common place and tonight’s game will provide intensity with the Kings trying to keep their moment...

Kings Sweep Flames, 3-1

Tonight's game marked the halfway point of the season and unfortunately for the Kings their last meeting against Calgary. The teams took the ice tonight after playing Saturday night where the Kings erupted for a 6-2 win. The Kings 3-1 victory tonight puts them in third place in the Western Conference a position, which didn't seem possible a couple of weeks ago. 

The Flames changed things up by starting Joey MacDonald in the net. MacDonald played well making 19 saves on 21 shots. 

Dustin Brown scored the opening goal 5:39 into the game. Slava Voynov found Dustin Brown wide open on the left side of the crease on the Kings only extra man opportunity of the night...

Kings Douse Flames, 6-2

The Kings are 7-1-1 in their past nine games against the Calgary Flames. Matchup number ten will take place in less than 48 hours as the teams line up again in the Staples Center Monday night.

Tonight's 6-2 victory puts the Kings in fourth place in the Western Conference with 28 points (13-8-2). Balance is the operative word to describe the Kings performance, scoring in all three periods with six different scorers. 

Jeff Carter continued his scoring tear with a power play goal 4:18 into the game. The Kings' forward has scored six goals in the past four games, thirteen in the last thirteen, and with seventeen on the season Carter is second in the league trai...

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 ...