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LA Kings Insider Sep 28, 2014

September 28 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On whether winning is important at all in the preseason: Couldn’t care less. I haven’t even looked at stats or anything. We’re just trying to get everybody to try to do things right. There are some young players that you want to relax, and there are some young players that you want to not relax, and you want the guys you trust to get their game. On whether he was confident Marian Gaborik would return: It wasn’t even an issue. We’re not going to negotiate a 35-million dollar contract if the coaches didn’t want the player, I would doubt. [Reporter: [...]
Los Angeles Times Sep 28, 2014

Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dee Gordon recovering well from injuries

The Dodgers received positive news on the medical front, as Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a pain-free bullpen session and Dee Gordon reported improvement on his irritated right hip.
LA Kings Insider Sep 28, 2014

Sunday morning lineup notes

-A very fine Sunday morning to you and to your fantasy football teams. The Kings’ non-game group took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. this morning, which should confirm the lineup LAKI scrawled down during yesterday’s morning session. -Expect the following players to suit up tonight in Anaheim: Forwards: Andreoff, Carter, Cracknell, Dowd, King, Nolan, Pearson, Richards, Shore, Toffoli, Van der Gulik, Williams Defensemen: Greene, LoVerde, McNabb, Muzzin, Regehr, Voynov Goalies: Jones, Berube -Andy Andreoff, as you may have noticed, has been seeing time at both left wing and center, two...
Los Angeles Times Sep 28, 2014

Europe defeats U.S. to win Ryder Cup

Europe added another layer of Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday behind Rory McIlroy big start, two big rallies and a rookie who hit the shot of his life to give this performance a finish it deserved.
Los Angeles Times Sep 27, 2014

NFL teams are getting caught short-handed at running back

The NFL season isn't even a quarter over and already a robust list of front-line running backs have been out of games because of injury.
LA Kings Insider Sep 27, 2014

A few Saturday morning practice notes

Several notes from the Kings’ two practices at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday morning: -The Kings split practices today into two groups, with the first group taking the ice at 9:45 a.m. and the second group following at roughly 11:15. Given that we’re expecting a 9:45 a.m. morning skate tomorrow, and that there were 20 players on the ice for the morning practice, the tea leaves would indicate that the early group will play tomorrow evening in Anaheim. Amongst the skaters that participated earlier today were the Pearson-Carter-Toffoli line and the King-Richards-Williams line. Should this...
LA Kings Insider Sep 26, 2014

Nick Ebert far from “Mr. Irrelevant”

Nick Ebert’s 11-goal, 41-point 16-year-old season with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires caught the attention of scouts across North America. Ranked amongst the OHL’s A-List prospects in Central Scouting’s preliminary futures list alongside players such as Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, the puckmoving defenseman with a penchant for creating offense was one of the more analyzed players heading into the 2012 NHL Draft, with early projections pegging him as a first round selection. While his sophomore year stats in Windsor weren’t by any means poor, his goals and points dropped from his...
LA Kings Insider Sep 26, 2014

September 25 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the pace of the game: Considering our little bit of inexperience, I thought we hung in there and got through some scramble in our own zone. On how Andy Andreoff “looks”: He’s still here. We’ll see. On when the next wave of cuts will be: There are some boys that’ll go tomorrow, because Manch is going to get going. So we’ve got to get a couple days travel in there. I’d like to know more on the injured guys before we go on the trip, so we’ll probably wait ‘til after Sunday’s game. Being that it’s a five o’clock [...]
LA Kings Insider Sep 25, 2014

Live Blog: Anaheim at Los Angeles

Los Angeles Kings 0, Anaheim Ducks 0 Pre-game SOG: LAK – 0; ANA – 0 PP: LAK – 0/0; ANA – 9/0 NHL.com Boxscore KABC Radio Broadcast LAK starters: ANA starters: Referees: #29 Ian Walsh, #23 Brad Watson Linesmen: #55 Shane Heyer, #66 Darren Gibbs
LA Kings Insider Sep 25, 2014

September 25 practice quotes: Sutter, Nolan, Clifford

Darryl Sutter, on what he’s looking for from Jordan Nolan: He has some experience. He is familiar with the team. He fills a good role for us. Just continue that. Sutter, on how to get younger players to avoid plateauing: Tanner and Tyler didn’t play here very much last year until the playoffs, if you look at how many games they actually played. First off, it’s the same thing when you ask about Kyle or Jordy. Evaluate it on the prior year based on the whole year, so how many games they actually played. Our team played a hundred and [...]
LA Kings Insider Sep 25, 2014

Progression expected from an important role player

Kyle Clifford is an awfully accurate personification of the Kings’ ethos and personality. The 23-year-old is humble and a team-first player who plays an honest, north-south game. He physical. He’s young. He also set a career-low in points per game a year after a promising step forward in 2012-13 that included seven goals and 14 points while playing in all 48 games during the lockout-shortened season. In 71 games last year, he totaled three goals and eight points. On the surface, there didn’t appear to be anything missing from Clifford’s game; he simply wasn’t producing. And with the...
LA Kings Insider Sep 25, 2014

Players won’t be on ice as long during banner ceremony

There will be slight changes made in the banner raising ceremony that commemorates the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions when compared to the ceremony honoring the 2012 team. While the players and coaches were presented with their rings on the ice on January 19, 2013 and took turns skating with the Cup prior to that afternoon’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the on-ice pomp and circumstance prior to the October 8 game against the San Jose Sharks will be shorter, and players will receive their rings at a team event before opening night. According to Mike Altieri, the Kings’ Vice President...
LA Kings Insider Sep 25, 2014

September 25 morning line rushes

Lines and extras from this morning’s skate: Pearson – Andreoff – Toffoli Nolan – Shore – King Clifford – Weal – Cracknell Sabourin – Horvat – Van der Gulik Dowd Schultz – Martinez Forbort – Raine McNabb – Ebert MacDermid – Miller Jones Berube -Martin Jones left the ice first, so expect him to draw the start against the Ducks. #LAKingsPreseasonGoalieTweetOff -Judging from those who remained on the ice after the morning skate, expect Dowd, MacDermid and Miller to sit this one out. -It looks a bit strange to see King and Nolan on opposite sides, but hey, that’s where...
LA Kings Insider Sep 24, 2014

Stoll, Quick discuss progress

Jarret Stoll and Jonathan Quick participated fully in an afternoon practice comprised heavily of veterans at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday as they continued to work their way back into the Kings’ lineup after undergoing surgery. Both expressed a general sense – not an exact number of games – of the workload they’d like to undergo before the regular season opens on October 8. “Three [games], maybe? Four?” Stoll surmised before acknowledging that he’d like to get in at least the final two games. The decision will ultimately be made with great care. “The coach, trainer,...
LA Kings Insider Sep 24, 2014

September 24 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On tomorrow’s lineup against Anaheim: We’ll play a lot of our young veterans, that Marty age group and Kinger age, all those guys. Just stick with our plan for guys who are a hundred percent. They kind of know the game’s they’re going to play On whether veterans need fewer preseason games: Depends on their training. We’ve really set camp up, again, because we played to the middle of June again. We’re looking more at it like the last seven-to-10 days of camp if every was – touch wood – healthy where we get closer to what we want. How [...]

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