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Ponikarovsky Signs with Kings

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...

Los Angeles Kings: Back In Action

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 ...

Kings playoff bound?

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...

Hot and Cold Kings

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...

Anze Kopitar’s torrid start and the magical fourth season

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...

Red hot Kings have fire burn out

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...

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 h...

Deja Vu: Things to change tonight

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 mentioned above).

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...

Sharks get the extra point, Kings get the extra d-man

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.
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Kings weekend roundup = Wins; I'll take 'em

The Kings were perfect this weekend, going 2 and 0 against two conference rivals; Phoenix being within their division makes it an even bigger win. Now, winners of four straight games, the Kings will hope that the momentum continues to carry into this week as the schedule does not get too much easier for them. Lucky for the Kings, they are off until Wednesday which should shore up some rest days for some players. Next up are the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and then Thursday night against Vancouver. These are two teams that do have very gifted offensive players who can take control of the game in favor of their club. The defensive pairings will need to be aware of who is on the ice and...