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St. Louis Game Time 9 hours ago

Welcome to the Pleasuredome: Blues At LA Kings Preview

Blues face their nemesis once again, this time in LA When I was recently a guest on a Kings podcast, I speculated that Coach Hitch would split the two Kings games amongst the goalies. I was right there, but I also said that Martin Brodeur would get the home start, which was the wrong move. I thought that Hitch would hedge his bets by playing the elder goalie in the game where the Blues had the last line change, and could then limit Marty's exposure by controlling the matchups. Goes to show what I know. As it turns out, Jake Allen got the home start, and the Blues spotted the Kings a 2-goal...
St. Louis Game Time 13 hours ago

Blues At Kings Game Preview: The #MartyTax Is Higher In CA

Martin Brodeur will be starting against the Kings tonight in the second half of a home and sort of home series. The NHL's scheduling this season has been unique to say the least. Just like with the Senators and the Islanders, the Blues are playing the Kings...

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LA Kings Insider Dec 16, 2014

Toffoli looking to get back to “dirty areas”

Tyler Toffoli is back in the Scottrade Center, the building in which he made his playoff debut as a 21-year-old after a surprise lineup adjustment two years ago. The Kings won Game 5 game in overtime on that night in 2013 and followed it up with a win at home as part of a six-game, first round series win. “I just remember…Dean asking me if I could play against the St. Louis Blues and play against some of their defensemen that they have and how physical and how good they are,” Toffoli said. “I think my goal in that game […]
LA Kings Insider Dec 16, 2014

Kopitar confident he’ll emerge from scoring slump

It’s an interesting and improbable stretch of hockey the Kings have embarked on over the past month. There are the slumps that several top offensive players have endured – Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli among them – and then there’s the team-wide offensive production, which has risen sharply over the last month. Los Angeles has averaged 2.94 goals per game over their last 17 games – and would likely have furthered its offensive streak if not for a pesky .944 save percentage by opposing goaltenders over the last seven. It’s also clear that the team is far from […]
Los Angeles Times Dec 16, 2014

Kings center Anze Kopitar trying to regain his scoring touch

Kings center Anze Kopitar, mired in one of the longer slumps of his career, recognizes the correlation between his personal scoring woes and the state of the team.
LA Kings Insider Dec 16, 2014

December 16 morning skate notes

Good morning from St. Louis, where the Kings recently completed their morning skate at the Scottrade Center. There were changes to the forward groupings. Via line rushes: Brown – Kopitar – Carter Gaborik – Stoll – Williams King – Richards – Pearson Clifford – Lewis – Toffoli Other notes: -Jonathan Quick left the ice first, so he’s projected to start. -I was paying closer attention to the forward alignment, though we may see some changes defensively as well. I caught Robyn Regehr skating with Alec Martinez and Brayden McNabb skating with Matt Greene, so I’m not projecting...
LA Kings Insider Dec 16, 2014

Stadium series jerseys to be unveiled tonight

The Los Angeles Kings will unveil their 2015 Stadium Series jersey at 5:30 p.m. PT at the brand new 7,000-square foot Team LA store, which opens tonight at Staples Center. The new store is adjacent to the former store at the front of the arena and faces L.A. Live. The grand opening is an event for season ticket holders, though fans not in attendance can still see and purchase the Stadium Series jersey at the store later that night. Jerseys and merchandise will also be available at teamlastore.com. I’ve been told that the jersey is “close but not exact” to […]
Los Angeles Times Dec 15, 2014

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby added to the list of mumps patients in NHL

The NHL's baffling mumps outbreak added a high-profile patient over the weekend in Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who practiced and spoke to the media Friday before tests confirmed the diagnosis.
Los Angeles Times Dec 15, 2014

Kings' Slava Voynov to stand trial on felony domestic violence charge

There is sufficient evidence for suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
Los Angeles Times Dec 15, 2014

Kings GM Dean Lombardi likes what he sees . . . in the minors

— Not only are they winning games, but the players also are improving in the little areas, not just "sexy stuff" of eye-popping statistics.
LA Kings Insider Dec 15, 2014

Gaborik, on Toronto game: “I felt pretty good out there”

Marian Gaborik attempted 12 shots – seven of which were on goal, and one of which found the back of the net – during yesterday’s 4-3 shootout loss on Toronto. At Scottrade Center earlier today, the veteran forward discussed what worked well in his performance, during which he skated opposite Justin Williams on Jarret Stoll’s line. Marian Gaborik, on whether he feels he can build off his Toronto performance: Yeah, for sure. I felt pretty good out there. I had some chances, finally got a goal there. Like you said, try to build on it and go from there. Too […]
LA Kings Insider Dec 15, 2014

The View from Toronto

TORONTO STAR Dave Feschuk: Leafs calm, cool and collected against Kings: Feschuk “Instead of deflating and tightening and losing confidence, the Leafs replied to L.A.’s challenge by playing a robust third period, tying the game 3-3 on a James van Riemsdyk power-play goal and winning 4-3 in a shootout thanks to Joffrey Lupul’s lone goal and James Reimer’s trio of shootout saves.” Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs silence the “Yeah, but…” crowd “They beat the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings , who were rested in Toronto while the Leafs were on the second of back-to-back...
Los Angeles Times Dec 15, 2014

What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 shootout loss to Toronto

The arbitrary nature of the road hit the Kings in Toronto as they showed improvement in many categories but still came away with a shootout loss. Again, there are always stand-out moments, a few more takeaways from Sunday.
LA Kings Insider Dec 15, 2014

Waking up with the Kings: December 15

I’m getting the sense from the Kings hockey operations that the team is slowly but surely beginning to get back to its preferred style of play – that is, of course, the puck possession-reliant and up-tempo attacking game that has been a load-bearing characteristic of a club that has won 10 playoff series over the last three seasons. It’s not necessarily leading to a frequent collection of two points, but they’re redeveloping their backbone after early possession challenges, and their 172 shot attempts over the last two games would be a small sample size representative of the overall...
LA Kings Insider Dec 14, 2014

December 14 postgame notes

-With the shootout loss, the Kings fell to 61-58-23 all-time against the Maple Leafs, a record that includes an away mark of 26-34-13. Los Angeles’ franchise-record four-game winning streak in Toronto was snapped, though they extended their point streak at the Air Canada Centre to eight games. -The Kings fell to 6-6-3 against the Eastern Conference and 4-3-1 against the Atlantic Division. -Los Angeles fell to 1-4 in shootouts this season. Kings shooters are 2-for-17 in the shootout, while Kings goalies have allowed six goals on 16 shots. -Los Angeles has averaged 2.94 goals per game over...

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