October 8, 2010 |
By 2008, the Kings had been bad enough for long enough to get some prime draft picks, but the No. 2 selection ? their reward for finishing next to last ? was crucial to accelerating their rebuilding process. They couldn't mess this up. Gifted center Steven Stamkos was the clear No. 1, bound for Tampa Bay. After that, there was a lot of talent but no consensus. One stood out, however, to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. He sensed something special in defenseman Drew Doughty, who grew up sleeping on a Kings pillowcase and using a Kings telephone because he loved Wayne Gretzky.
May 16, 2013 |
The Kings recently had a day off, a brief respite from the otherwise hectic postseason, with coaches holding an abbreviated morning skate for a dozen or so players. Drew Doughty chose to skip practice, hanging around the locker room, playing ping-pong with teammate Slava Voynov. "It's good to have a break," he said. "Make sure to get some rest. " The defenseman has earned it. During the regular season, Doughty ranked among the NHL's hardest-working players, averaging more than 26 minutes on the ice, fourth-most in the league.
October 23, 2013 |
Now that the first sample size has been delivered - 10 games out of a long and winding NHL season - the Kings have learned something in October. • Consistency, where is it? They are 6-4. Not that any team needs to be playing its best hockey in October, but the Kings seem to be lacking a bit of confidence. "I think you have to work to get your confidence," defenseman Willie Mitchell said. "Right now, to put the pulse on it, we're inconsistent. "…We can't wait until it's later on in the season and all of sudden get on stretches of every night preparing for these teams and preparing the right way. Maybe a little less complacency and just remembering what makes us successful and playing to those strengths.
April 13, 2013 |
The man knows his entertainment, his sport and his theater. "I hope we get to play him a few more times … this year," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. Sutter was speaking about the Kings and Anaheim, and specifically, the Ducks' incomparable Teemu Selanne. The pause was a creative way of throwing puck proceedings forward to the playoffs, going beyond the finale of this regular-season series between the Kings and Ducks. This, in fact, was Saturday morning, many hours before the Kings' hard-fought and tense 2-1 victory over the Ducks, which featured one waved-off goal and enough emotion to fill the cavernous Staples Center, a rarity in the regular season.
January 2, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Their swagger had already taken hits before the Christmas break and now the Kings' once-supreme self-confidence has absorbed blow after blow. And now, the Kings' confidence has gone missing in the locker room and on the ice during a five-game losing streak. The dismal state of affairs was underlined by a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter pulled rookie goalie Martin Jones in the second period after the Blues' second goal at 11 minutes 41 seconds and replaced him with Ben Scrivens, who gave up a goal on the first shot he faced and let in two more goals in the third period.
January 13, 2009 |
When the Kings' prized rookie defenseman Drew Doughty crumpled to the ice after a big hit from Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin midway through the second period, his defensive partner, Sean O'Donnell, chased Artyukhin off the ice, jabbing him with his stick until he drew a cross-checking penalty. Doughty left the game because of a bruised thigh. As for the response from the rest of the Kings? The Staples Center crowd -- and Coach Terry Murray -- are still waiting.
September 16, 2011 |
Burning questions When will Drew Doughty's long contract impasse end — and what will be its long-term effect? Doughty and the Kings have been in a stalemate all summer. Sometimes, in the past, when the Kings have played hardball in negotiations, it has fractured a relationship beyond repair (hello, Mike Cammallieri). The Kings don't need that to happen here, not with Doughty's enormous upside, a player who could anchor the defense for the next decade and beyond. Whither Dustin Penner?
February 13, 2011 |
From Philadelphia ? Even the Kings can't explain why they've been so successful on the road lately, a trend they continued Sunday by stifling the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0. Barely a day after they had outplayed the Capitals in Washington they followed with an impressive and intense performance in front of a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center and improved to 4-0-2 on their 10-game journey around North America. Is it the room service? The togetherness built during a long time away from home?
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Every team in the Olympic men's hockey tournament has played its first game, and players sent here by the Kings and Ducks had a big impact on several of the contests. Here's a look at what the Southern California delegation of seven Ducks and six Kings did in their respective first games: Feb. 12: Sweden 4, Czech Republic 2 -- Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg had one shot for Sweden but no points. He played only two minutes and 34 seconds. Feb. 12: Switzerland 1, Latvia 0 -- Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 21 saves for Switzerland to earn his first Olympic shutout in his second Winter Games.