December 17, 2013 |
The Martin Jones Era has been so blissfully straightforward. Six starts. Six wins. Three shutouts. About the only thing the Kings goalie hasn't done in his short and poised NHL career is score a goal. Just give the kid some time. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Edmonton 0 The latest chapter featured yet another composed performance from the 23-year-old rookie, who made 24 saves in the Kings' 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
November 4, 2013 |
+ A key to the early success of the Phoenix Coyotes (10-3-2) is the production they are getting from their defense. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (three goals, 11 points), Keith Yandle (1-10 - 11) and Derek Morris (4-6 - 10) ranked 4-5-6 in defensemen scoring through Sunday's games. + Welcome back Manny Malhotra, who returned to the NHL last Friday with the Carolina Hurricanes. The classy forward suffered a devastating eye injury in 2011 while with the Vancouver Canucks; fearing his impaired vision jeopardized his safety, they played him in only nine games last season and didn't re-sign him. He won 15 of 20 faceoffs in his first game back and 10 of 14 in his second.
August 9, 2013 |
Let's take a skate down memory lane and into the Los Angeles Times' archives in honor of Friday being the 25th anniversary of the Kings' acquisition of Wayne Gretzky, a trade that changed the fortunes of the Kings and the NHL. The Times' Lisa Dillman wrote a fine story that quoted the principal players on their thoughts about the deal, with the benefit of a quarter-century's hindsight. There really was no way to anticipate the effect Gretzky's arrival would have on the NHL - think Sunbelt expansion - and also on youth hockey in Southern California , which is now regularly sending players to major college hockey programs, the Canadian junior ranks and to the NHL. Rumors that Gretzky might be traded by the Edmonton Oilers had circulated for weeks before the deal, though both sides denied that a trade was imminent less than a week before it was done, as cited here.
August 7, 2013 |
Imagine a room full of serious hockey people speaking a common language - lifers used to evaluating talent in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on consecutive nights. Then the polar opposite of a hockey lifer shows up and says that the Los Angeles Kings could be acquiring the game's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky. He tells the scouts that the franchise might have to surrender several draft picks … so plan for the upcoming entry draft accordingly. Serious men, serious hockey people, thought then-Kings owner Bruce McNall could not possibly be serious that June day in 1988.
June 6, 2013 |
The Kings have reached a linchpin moment in their quest to defend their 2012 Stanley championship. The trailed the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, in the Western Conference final heading into Game 4 at Staples Center on Thursday night. A Blackhawks lead leaves the Kings on the bad side history. The Kings have trailed, 3-1, in a playoff series 11 times. Only once have they rallied and advanced. The Kings won three consecutive games against the Edmonton Oilers in 1989. In five of those series, the Kings have lost in five games.
May 25, 2013 |
The Kings had avoided using the word "concussion" in regard to injured center Jarret Stoll, who has been out since taking a hard hit from the now-suspended Raffi Torres in Game 1 of the team's Western Conference semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks. But Kings Coach Darryl Sutter acknowledged the obvious after Stoll took part in the Kings' practice Saturday in El Segundo. Stoll's participation was limited and he remains out indefinitely. The next step -- down the line -- is getting cleared for contact.