November 23, 2013 |
Pity poor Ben Scrivens. In the span of three nights the Kings goaltender has played six periods and two overtimes, more than 125 minutes of hockey, and given up three goals. And all he has to show for it is two overtimes losses, the latest coming to the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0, on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at the Staples Center. Jamie McGinn got credit for the winning goal midway through the five-minute overtime, although the last player to touch the puck before it hit the net was Kings center Jarret Stoll, who tried to make a sliding save only to have the rebound of McGinn's one-timer deflect off his elbow and over the goal line.
November 10, 2013 |
The Kings got mixed news on the injury front Sunday, with Jarret Stoll returning to practice for the first time in more than a week while Kyle Clifford was forced to sit out after sustaining a blow to the head in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Clifford left the ice in the first period Saturday and did not return. The Kings did not release an update on his condition Sunday. Because Clifford's injury was to his head, he must clear a league-mandated concussion protocol before he can be cleared to return to the ice. Defenseman Matt Greene, who hasn't skated in several days, was also held off the ice Sunday with an undisclosed injury.
November 9, 2013 |
Kings center Jarret Stoll skated hard for about an hour at practice Saturday morning, trying to rush back from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him a week. But given the way his replacements played in his absence Saturday night, Stoll might as well take his time. Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli, minor league linemates called up Nov. 2 following injuries to Stoll and forward Jeff Carter, combined for two goals and two assists to spark the Kings to a surprisingly easy 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
November 8, 2013 |
When the Kings meet the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday at Staples Center, it will be the team's sixth look at a Pacific Division opponent in eight games. And so far Coach Darryl Sutter isn't sure he likes what he sees. "The division's tough, and every team's good," he said. "And we're trying to hang in there. " The Kings are fifth in the division, but with 20 points they have a better record than all but four teams in the Eastern Conference. "It is what it is," he said.
November 3, 2013 |
Call the mini-break in the Kings' schedule a case of good timing. They practiced Sunday - Kings Coach Darryl Sutter called it a "good aerobic day" - will have Monday off, and do not play until Thursday, giving their wounded centers more time to heal. Jeff Carter (foot) is on injured reserve, retroactive to Wednesday, and Jarret Stoll left the game against Nashville on Saturday in the second period because of an upper-body injury and is day to day, according to Sutter. "It's [been]
November 2, 2013 |
Thirteen games went by in relatively uneventful fashion and the Kings managed to stay fairly free of injury, a refreshing trend from past seasons. Games 14 and 15 were their undoing. In consecutive games, they lost two of their top four centers - Jeff Carter and, on Saturday night, Jarret Stoll. Nashville beat the Kings, 4-3, their first loss in their last four games at Staples Center. The game-winner came after a long stretch in which the Kings had been dominating the run of play.