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 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.
December 20, 2013
He was becoming almost predictable. All that winning. Victory after victory. Even his shutouts were starting to lose that certain surprise factor. And so, in his seventh NHL start, Kings goalie Martin Jones unveiled another skill: some offense. Jones picked up his first NHL point when he had the second assist on rookie forward Tyler Toffoli's second-period goal in the Kings' 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Kings have won eight of their last nine games and have given up two goals or fewer in 20 of the last 21 games.
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 4, 2012 |
There was little time for the Kings to savor their 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Saturday night, not with the congestion in the Western Conference playoff race. Five teams are separated by five points, from seventh-place Dallas at 75 to 11th-place Calgary at 70. Realistically, there are two slots up for grabs and the Kings are three points behind the Stars and trail eighth-place San Jose by a point. "There ain't no weak sisters," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday after practice.
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.