The Red Wings look to stop the bleeding tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 PM. Detroit has been hampered by injuries and has lost their lead atop the NHL, Western Conference and Central Division over the past two weeks.
Detroit now sits four points behind St. Louis in the Central and the West. Los Angeles is battling with San Jose, Phoenix and Dallas for 1st in the Pacific Division. Only 5 points separate division head Dallas and Los Angeles. The race in the Pacific is especially important because it is possible that the division winner could be the only member of the division to make the playoffs if Colorado and Calgary make it in.
If there was ever a time for the league's lowest scoring team to finally get consistent offensive play, this is it. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
It took three games, but new addition Jeff Carter finally found his scoring touch in Los Angeles. The twenty-seven year old winger netted two pivotal goals on five shots and the Kings defeated their ‘Freeway Faceoff’ opponent Anaheim Ducks by a 4-2 score.
Carter had previously recorded fifteen goals on the year, all of which of course were collected with Columbus. In his final game as a Blue Jacket two weeks earlier, Carter scored a hat tric...
Dustin Brown was held to just one goal coming off the heels of his hat trick Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Kings had previously recorded four goals last Wednesday night against Colorado, an offensive output which they have only eclipsed three other times all season long. On this night however, inconsistency reared its ugly head once again as the team netted only one in a 2-1 loss against the Nashville Predators.
Of course, it certainly didn’t hurt the Predators to place Pekka Rinne between the pipes for one of his finest performances of the season. The Finnish goaltend...
Reunited and it feels so good. Or you know, however that song goes. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Well, that couldn’t have gone any better. Energized by the addition of one Jeff Carter and propelled by the play of Dustin Brown, the Kings scorched the visiting Chicago Blackhawks en route to a 4-0 final score.
Brown, who as recently as Thursday found himself the center of trendy trade rumors, recorded a natural hat trick in the game first twenty-four minutes of play. He added an assist on the Kings final goal of the evening to register his first four-point performance, matching a career high in th...
Phoenix came roaring back despite an ugly first period and subsequent deficit. (Photo courtesy of Norm Hall NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite an offensive explosion that no one saw coming (put your hand down, Darryl Sutter), the Kings eventually fell in a shootout to the division rival Phoenix Coyotes by a 5-4 score.
Phoenix tied the game in the final moments of regulation thanks to a somewhat controversial penalty handed to the Kings’ Kyle Clifford for an illegal hit on Gilbert Brule. The hit itself won’t be up for too much debate—Clifford, whether he intended to or not, made contact with the head o...
Jonathan Quick searches for his goalie mask. No word yet on if he found his team's offense as well. (Photo courtesy of Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
With Rick Nash trade rumors swirling and the offense sputtering, something has to give soon for this club. However, it didn’t happen last night as the Kings were shutout for the eighth time this season and dealt a 1-0 defeat by the visiting Calgary Flames.
Mikka Kiprusoff was spectacular in net for the opposition, stopping all twenty-eight shots he faced including several highlight reel saves to keep Los Angeles off the board entirely for the second game...
Andrei Loktionov (#48) celebrates his second goal of the season with Jack Johnson (#3) and Anze Kopitar (#11). Photo courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Last week, underachieving yet aching Jarrett Stoll was placed on injured reserve. Defenseman Slava Voynov was also moved, albeit demoted to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. In their place arrived two young forwards, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, making their NHL debuts. This afternoon the duo achieved just that, notching a combined three points en route to a Kings victory.
Nolan was responsible for netting the team’s game-winning goal 11:29 into the...
Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing two goals on eleven shots Thursday night. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have possibly looked more like themselves. (An explanation? Ok.)
It was an offensively challenged contest from start to finish with neither the Panthers or visiting Kings being able to generate more than a few scoring chances. The Kings recorded only twenty-three shots over the course of the game, twelve of which came in the first period. That first frame also handed Los Angeles two power plays, neither of which amounted to m...
Kyle Clifford puts the eventual game-winner past a struggling Dwayne Roloson. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Following two losses in the first two games of their road-trip east, the Kings looked everything but confident heading into a nationally televised game in Tampa Bay. However, any offensive rust was shaken off rather quickly and a defensive performance like no other propelled the team to a 3-1 victory earlier tonight.
The Kings notched only one goal in their previous 120 minutes of play, but recorded three tallies on a mere twenty shots against a struggling Dwayne Roloson en route to their twe...
The results of the next four games for the New York Islanders will be a good indication of what fans should expect the team to do going forward.
Will Islanders management decide they can make a run this season for one of the last playoffs and look to bolster their roster, maybe picking up a ‘rental’ type player to try to help the present? Or will they decide that 2012-13 is going to be the year it all comes together and decide to trade some veterans and continue to stockpile young talent.
For the rest of the season, I will be taking a look at some players that have been traded/released from the Islanders organization and see if they are helping or hurting their new team and look at the roster move as a whole. Our first player is Trent Hunter.