June 8, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- Even though the health of Mike Richards -- will he or won't he play? -- dominated the news out of the Kings' camp in the hours before Game 5 of their Western Conference finals playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, there were other noteworthy developments. Struggling Kings center Anze Kopitar, who had been dropped to the third line, was reunited with his usual linemates Justin Williams and Dustin Brown, according to the morning line rushes. Jarret Stoll had been centering Williams and Brown on the No. 1 line, but he dropped down to the third line with Dwight King and Trevor Lewis.
December 30, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- Defenseman Drew Doughty was pondering why the Kings have had so much trouble against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Then again, who hasn't? The Kings are hardly alone as plenty of teams have struggled at the United Center. "In the past, our team hasn't really shown up for most games at the 'Madhouse,' here or whatever it's called," he said after Monday's morning skate. "We need to be able to show up. We have to be able to beat them in this rink and we haven't in the last five years.
March 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Conventional wisdom says a team playing the second game of a back-to-back sequence should tire as the second game progresses. So much for conventional wisdom. The Kings scored three times in the third period Tuesday and then converted both of their shootout attempts against Jaroslav Halak to earn a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, one day after they had wrested a 3-2 victory from the Flyers at Philadelphia. The Kings had taken a 4-3 lead on third-period goals by Dwight King, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown, but Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it with a shorthanded goal with 41.5 seconds left.
May 16, 2012 |
By the time the Kings came home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 of the 1993 Campbell Conference finals, they had played 14 games and had traveled to Calgary twice, Vancouver twice, and Toronto for the first of three visits. By comparison the current Kings' journey to the West final against the Phoenix Coyotes — which resumes Thursday at Staples Center — has been a romp. The Kings had to visit Vancouver twice to finish the Canucks in five games but left the Pacific time zone only once in their second-round sweep of the St. Louis Blues.
May 2, 2012 |
Departing from their routine, the Kings planned to stay at a downtown hotel Wednesday night and conduct their morning skate at Staples Center before Game 3 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. Goaltender Jonathan Quick saw a big benefit beyond making players feel as if they're on the road, where they're 5-0 in postseason play. "I think it's more like we want our rink to feel like it's our rink," he said Wednesday. "We've never practiced there. Four years I've been here, we've never practiced there.
January 16, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Kings and St. Louis Blues between them showcased more than a dozen players who were chosen to participate in the Sochi Olympics hockey tournament, a player who was invited to the U.S. Olympic orientation camp but didn't make the final roster was the standout. Forward Trevor Lewis, who's usually energetic but is rarely rewarded on the scoresheet, scored twice early in the third period as the Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, on Thursday at Scottrade Center.
December 14, 2013 |
OTTAWA, Canada -- The Kings scored three times in the first period and held off a push by the Senators to earn a 5-2 victory on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Center, extending their winning streak to six and sustaining several other noteworthy streaks. It was the 18th consecutive game in which the Kings gave up two goals or fewer, and the 18th straight in which they did not surrender a goal in the first period. They're 13-1-4 in that span. They also padded their road points streak to 10 (8-0-2)
March 24, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA - Flyers fans booed every time Kings forward Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, but it was music to his ears. Carter, traded by Philadephia to Columbus and later dealt by the Blue Jackets to the Kings, scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Justin Williams, another ex-Flyer, scored the second goal after the Kings survived a series of shorthanded situations. After the Flyers pulled even, Dwight King - who has no connection to the Flyers - scored the winner off a two-on-one at 10 minutes 36 seconds of the third period for a 3-2 decision in the opener of a short but challenging Eastern trip.
May 23, 2013 |
Thursday's game-day skate at Staples Center was mandatory for the Kings, who are hoping to retain home-ice advantage and take the lead in their Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. The series is even at 2-2 entering Thursday's game at Staples Center. Coach Darryl Sutter doesn't always make game-day skates mandatory, but he did on Thursday. Showing up in the first period Thursday night should be mandatory for the Kings, too, after repeated slow starts.
May 31, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Center Jarret Stoll, who has been out of the Kings' lineup since he suffered a concussion in the opener of the team's second-round playoff series against San Jose, practiced for a while on a regular line Friday as the Kings prepared to open the Western Conference finals Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. However, Stoll did not absorb any contact - the next step in concussion recovery before returning to action - and it's not clear whether he will play in Game 1. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter declined to provide an update on Stoll's condition when asked Friday at a pre-series news conference held at a hotel near O'Hare Airport.