March 5, 2013 |
First, happy birthday to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who turned 55 on Tuesday. “He's eligible for a pension,” Coach Darryl Sutter said. No one is about to pension him off just yet. The Kings approached Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center - the second of a rare back-to-back sequence at home - having won six of their previous seven games and eight of their previous 10. That put them in a cluster of six Western Conference teams tied with 24 points and ranked them fifth because they've played fewer games than most of their rivals and have more regulation and overtime wins (10)
February 15, 2013 |
Youth is relative, except when it comes to NHL defensemen. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter strongly subscribes to the theory that it takes young defensemen more time to adjust to the big leagues than it would take a young forward, a popular belief among coaches. He still considers Drew Doughty a young defenseman even though Doughty, at 23, is playing his fifth NHL season and has an Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup championship on his resume. “That's not me saying that - that's a fact.
March 27, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS — Jake Allen , Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott … How about the Kings countering with Jonathan Quick , Jonathan Bernier … and Bill Ranford ? "Hey, St. Louis is carrying three goalies. We are too," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said, joking. Ranford, the 46-year-old Kings assistant coach, was pressed into goalie duty during the Kings' practice at Scottrade Center on Wednesday because of backup goalie Bernier's absence. Bernier has been home in Canada following the death of his grandmother.
March 31, 2013 |
DALLAS - Jonathan Bernier played goal Sunday with a heavy heart, still grieving the recent death of his maternal grandmother, Georgette St-Gelais. "It's never an easy time to go through," said Bernier, who missed the Kings' trip to the White House last week to go to Canada and join his family in mourning. "I played that game for her. I think she'll appreciate that. " Bernier faced only 15 shots Sunday, but his emotionally taxing effort was one of many contributions the Kings needed to earn a 3-2 victory at American Airlines Center, their first win over the Stars in three meetings this season.
March 12, 2010 |
Jonathan Bernier is likely to start in goal for the Kings on Friday night against the Stars while Jonathan Quick is in Los Angeles awaiting the birth of his first child, a girl. Quick left the team early Thursday after his wife, Jaclyn , went into labor. Bernier, who played four games with the Kings early in the 2007-08 season, was recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. He arrived in Dallas on Thursday night. Quick's backup, Erik Ersberg , hasn't played since Feb. 11, but Bernier played Wednesday and has a 26-18-5 record, 2.08 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and eight shutouts in 50 games.
October 19, 2010 |
Kings tonight VS. CAROLINA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 3-1-0, Hurricanes, 3-2-0. Record vs. Hurricanes (2009-10): 1-0-0. Update: Jonathan Bernier makes his second start in goal, with Coach Terry Murray opting to put unbeaten Jonathan Quick in net on Thursday at Phoenix. The Hurricanes started the season with two games in Finland and since have played at Ottawa and Vancouver and are coming off a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.