The next 13 games are going to be fun. It has been well documented that the Western Conference is tighter than my waist line trying to fit into an old pair of jeans. Win stay alive, lose and you may be on the pre-registration list for the next charity golf tournament. What can you possibly predict when you have 13 competitive teams in a 15 team conference? Yes some teams are fading a bit, but in reality a late season run or a late season slump can change that landscape drastically.
For a Fan of the Los Angeles Kings it feels a little unfair. We wait for over 10 years for a team worth "hoping” for and the whole conference goes bat crazy. On the upside I have never had so much fun bei...
The Los Angeles Kings have found their replacement for Alexander Frolov, who they lost earlier today to the New York Rangers.
According to reports, Alex Ponikarovsky has agreed to a contract with the Kings. While terms of the deal are not available, Sportsnet is reporting that it is a one-year deal.
Along with Alex Frolov's 1-year deal, this further dries up the pool of free agent forwards. The irony of the whole situation is that the Kings and Rangers waited nearly a month for the league to reject a 17-year deal between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk in order to sign Ponikarovsky and Frolov to one-year deals.
As we all know, the NHLPA has since filed a grievance in r...
The Christmas holiday has come and gone as did the eight days off for the Los Angeles Kings.
With hopes of returning to action with a full, healthy line up coming into tonights contest against the Phoenix Coyotes; such is not the case.
Jarret Stoll and Randy Jones will both be missing from the line up tonight as the Kings return to action. Stoll is attempting to come back from a sore groin and Jones has been battling concussion like symptoms.
Now, with bad news there is always good news. Ryan Smyth will be making his return to the line up this evening along with Jack Johnson. Johnson only missed one game, but Smyth has been out of the line up for an extensive period. He’s ...
It was quite the nail biter in Saturday nights game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. Let’s start off with the return of Jarret Stoll. The Kings finally were able to get that second line center back in the line up, and a much needed boost to the power play as well. Stoll has a wicked shot. The power-play has been good, but can be better. They have a 20% power-play at home and a 17.1% power play on the road. Overall the power play is at 20% where the Kings have 22 power-play goals on 110 power-play opportunities. The best word to use for this situation is stable, and hopes that it stays that way.
Next up is the always interesting topic of discussion as this season is...
Back to back road games on back to back nights are always tough. For the Kings, it was a hot and cold pair of events. I would just like to question why Terry Murray continues to give Jonathan Quick the abundance of the starts. Wednesday night against the Oilers, Quick played good enough to lead his team to victory. Last night against the Canucks he played way above average (aka awesome) despite what the box score showed. However, I still would of given Quick the night off for one of the games in order to give him some extra rest prior to Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Even with the team getting a day off in between Thursday and Saturday, it still might have been a bett...
Los Angeles Kings’ forward Anze Kopitar is off to a torrid start this season, but it does not come as a surprise to many fantasy hockey pundits. After 19 games, the 22 year-old centre, has already scored 14 goals and notched 16 assists for an exceptional 30 points. A 1.58 point-per-game pace that would be good for 130 points over a full season. As of today, Kopitar has a seven-point lead over any other player in the NHL. Marleau, Nash and Ovechkin each have 23 points, good for the second rank.
Kopitar is also +9, compared to last year’s dismal -17, on a very
improved Kings team. Playing with Ryan Smyth (22 points in 19 games)
and Justin Williams (15 points in 14 games...
What a start to this fantastic 2009-2010 NHL seaosn it has been for
the Los Angeles Kings. Although yesterday’s game against Nashville was
not the turn out expected by the club (and of course the fans) and
currently the Kings are 6-2-2 over the last 10 games played and as of
today sit in fourth place in the Conference with at 10-5-2 record.
Five games above the .500 mark for this time of year (heading to the
quarter-year mark) is an incredible start to this young season.
Jonathan Quick is proving his value to this club, even with yesterdays
loss, we all understand that you can not win every game. Quick, who is
10-4-2 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.61 goals aga...
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 h...
It seems as if the Kings were left with a feeling of Deja Vu after
Thursday nights 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. In back to back
games on back to back nights the Los Angeles Kings skated 1-1 at the
end of 65 minutes of hockey to head into a shootout. In the shootout,
they lost to the San Jose Sharks a few nights ago 2-1 and then the
other night had the same exact score with the same exact repeat
performance and outcome, a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks (as I
Something has to give, right? What was once a very fine clicking
offense has turned into a bit of a problem. The offense has been
handcuffed over the past two games an...
The Los Angeles Kings could not put an extra puck behind Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabakov last night in San Jose as the Sharks beat the Kings 2-1 in a shootout.
The problem was not really the Kings play, although it was another game where they did not play a full sixty minutes. The Sharks looked tired during the first period and seemed to not have their legs under them, however, the Kings could not take advantage of that due to the stellar play of goaltender Evgeni Nabakov for San Jose.
Nabakov played very good for the Sharks. The Kings could not find a way to get a puck behind Nabakov after scoring first, firing 29 shots on goal with "Nabby" stopping 28.