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Stevens’ Swan Song Falls Flat, Kings Throttled 8-2

Jonathan Bernier knows things have to get better than this soon.

If Thursday’s win versus Columbus was cause for a quiet optimism, tonight’s contest could very well be considered nothing less than rock bottom.

Some might argue it had already been decided halfway through the first period. Less than two minutes had passed before the away team found themselves on their heels and down by two. Both Jonathan Quick (who started) and Jonathan Bernier (who struggled in relief) played less than spectacular and the Kings were downed by the Red Wings’ stifling, and at times, flawless offensive attack. Detroit...

Streak Snapped, Kings Win 2-1

Davis Drewiske is greeted by a smiling Anze Kopitar (11) and Dustin Brown (23).

The Kings played hockey for more than 104 minutes without scoring a goal. So naturally, the one to stop the streak would be none other than Davis Drewiske, the 27-year old defenseman who hasn’t scored in more than two years and pride of Hudson, Wisconsin, right?

The stat sheet doesn’t lie. The Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight by a score of 2-1. It was indeed Drewiske who flung the puck from the blue line over Curtis Sanford’s left shoulder and into the net four minutes into the third period. With the ga...

New Coach, Same Result—Kings Shutout by Bruins 3-0

Rich Peverley (49) bangs home a first period goal to put the Bruins on top.

We’ll never know exactly how GM Dean Lombardi pictured this game playing out, a mere 24 hours removed from a change at head coach—but I think it would be safe to say he hoped for better than this.

The Kings were shutout by Tukka Rask and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins earlier tonight in Boston by a score of 3-0. The goals were provided by the combined efforts of Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, who netted two for his tenth and eleventh tallies on the season. Rask stopped all 41 (!) (more later on that) shots that came...

Kings Fall to Wild, Hackett 4-2

Ethan Moreau (17) skates off the ice as Mikko Koivu celebrates his first period goal.

The Minnesota Wild are the best team in hockey. Jonathan Quick was not at his best tonight. And well, that’s all you really need to know about last night’s contest from the Staples Center. The Kings fell by a score of 4-2 thanks to two defensive gaffes at the start of the first and second period. Any offense that was mounted by Terry Murray’s bunch was stifled by the outstanding effort from the other net-minder on the ice, 21-year old Matt Hackett.

Dustin Penner (!) netted his second goal of the year 3:59 into the third period of play, which ended Hackett’s shu...

Kings Can Only Go Up From Here

Yes, it’s a worn-out cliché, but the Los Angeles Kings certainly didn’t picture their season to be playing out the way it has thus far. No proud franchise wants to be sitting in third place within their division a little more than a quarter of the way through the season. At 13-10-4 through 27 games, it would be far from an understatement to say that these Kings have underachieved.

Success is never a guarantee, even when seemingly all the right pieces are in all the right places. Professional teams from all over the world with far higher expectations (and consequently) far more media exposure have set the bar disappointing fans, players and owners alike. And let’s ...

Howl-o-Ween Game Day: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes

Yesterday the Phoenix Coyotes acquired centre Cal O’Reilly from the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round pick in 2012. The trade is conditional upon him passing a physical, but it's likely he will make his debut Wednesday as the Coyotes face the Avalanche.

The trade comes in the middle of lots of buzz surrounding the status of another centre, Kyle Turris, and his prolonged holdout that Phoenix general manager Don Maloney has stated publicly will not end in a trade.  Though the hopeful among Coyotes' camp are thinking maybe this trade will cause some movement in that department.

The Los Angeles Kings are back at Jobing.com Arena tonight, after hav...

Six Games In

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Instead of writing some game recaps, I decided to give my take on some players that are playing well, some that aren't, and some keys to winning games.

 

 

Looking Good:

 

Michal Handzus – This guy might be the prototypical 3rd line center that every team needs. Remember Malhotra? Handzus is the bottom six player the Sharks needed last year, and he has not disappointed. Defensively he is really good, he is always above 50% in the...

Game Day: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes

In the first of two meetings between the Kings and the Coyotes in October, one team is looking to build a three-game winning streak while the other is looking to rebound from a paltry showing that saw them outshot 35-16 against the Chicago Blackhawks and outscored 5-2.  In the "probably bad news" category, however, the last time the Coyotes managed this little offense was against Los Angeles.

The Kings have three consecutive wins against the Coyotes and are looking to come out of tonight's game in similar fashion, while Phoenix is trying to move past Tuesday's performance with the knowledge that a big win is needed tonight.
 



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