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.
June 11, 2012 |
Dustin Penner was living the life, playing on a line with his running mates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf and their future looked incredibly bright with the Ducks. How many Stanley Cups would the kids win together? One, two … three? Penner, Getzlaf and Perry combined to help win a Cup in 2007. And now Penner is poised to win one without them as the Kings hold a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils. Game 6 was played Monday night at Staples Center.
May 15, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Greetings from the scene of Game 2 of the NHL's Western Conference finals, where it was 101 degrees (with 9% humidity) at 1 p.m. PT. The folks who run Jobing.com Arena kept the building very cold for Game 1 on Sunday and did a pretty good job with the ice during the Kings' 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. The ice specialists will have another challenge tonight with the 6 p.m. PT start, but we've all seen worse ice in rinks where the temperatures are lower and the humidity is higher.
April 10, 2012 |
Kings broadcaster Daryl Evans goes through a ritual every April that's as inevitable as paying income tax but far more pleasant. When spring comes and the thoughts of hockey fans turn to the playoffs, the thoughts of Kings fans turn to the "Miracle on Manchester" playoff game against the Edmonton Oilers. It was a singular moment for the Kings, and for their fans it has come to symbolize hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Tuesday will be the 30th anniversary of the Kings' remarkable comeback victory over the powerful Oilers in that playoff game.