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Kings Reclaim Division Lead with 1-0 Shootout Victory

Hard to imagine where Kings might be without this man. HINT- Picture last place. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

A defensive and goaltending battle for the ages went down to the wire Thursday night at the Staples Center as the Los Angeles Kings earned a 1-0 shootout victory over the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.

The only three “goals” of the evening, courtesy of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and T.J. Oshie, came in the shootout. L.A.’s Jonathan Quick was rewarded with the win thanks to his thirty-five save effort—it was also the goaltender’s eighth shutout of the season...

Kings Win 5th Straight, Slide into 8th Place

Anze Kopitar and the Kings win their fifth straight for the first time this year. (photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Needless to say, the Kings offense is certainly clicking at the right time. With a 5-2 win over division rival San Jose Tuesday night, Los Angeles improved their record to 9-3 since the addition of Jeff Carter and vaulted themselves back into the playoff picture for the first time in over a week. With nine games left in the season, the Kings are tied with Phoenix for the eighth seed with eighty-four points.

Mike Richards (who, after an extended post-Christmas slump) netted his third goal of the month...

Kings Batter Slumping Red Wings 5-2

With two wins in a row and twelve games to go, Los Angeles sits in tenth place in the Western Conference. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Less than a week after surrendering a late 3-2 lead against these same Detroit Red Wings, the Kings came out of the gates firing and dominated play for the majority of the clock’s sixty minutes. Five different Kings recorded the team’s five goals en route to a resounding 5-2 win Tuesday night at the Staples Center.

An injury-plagued Detroit team may have been just what the doctor ordered for L.A. The Red Wings are still playing without key contrib...

Kings seek home ice revenge against Detroit

Last time the Detroit Red Wings played the Los Angeles Kings, things ultimately went their way.

After being down 3-2 in the 2nd period, the Wings turned it up and got some late game heroics from Valterri Filppula and Darren Helm. On home ice, that seems to be the way the Wings get things done.

Now, the the 4th ranked Red Wings (Western conference) have to perform on the road, a task that has been less than stellar all season. The Kings will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity.

The Wings are not hopeless though, as they will have their all-star goalie Jimmy Howard back in net, after being out with an injured finger. Howard is third in the NHL in wins.

The Ki...

Wings Seek Royal Recovery

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.

Neither team has played wel...

Carter, Kings Defeat Ducks 4-2

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...

Kings Stifled by Predators, Lose 2-1

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...

Brown Scores Three, Kings Shutout Blackhawks 4-0

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...

Kings Score Three Early, Yet Fall to Coyotes in Shootout

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...

Kings Fall Out of Playoff Picture with Loss to Flames

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...