March 3, 2011 |
The Kings can still dream big. The herky-jerky season they have been through still has possibilities, a fact supported by a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday at Staples Center. This wasn't a statement to the rest of the Western Conference, which some fans seemed to expect when the Kings acquired Dustin Penner from Edmonton on Monday. Penner's biggest contribution Thursday was to stand still. Nor was it a performance to make conference opponents tremble, as the game seemed suited more for yawns than yells through two periods.
September 10, 2013 |
Remember those wobbly, unfocused off-seasons the Kings once stumbled through? Indeed, they have become a thing of the past. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and his staff have been as efficient off the ice as the team has been proficient on it. They have sliced through another long to-do list this summer, largely keeping the core intact. As they will attempt to go deep into the spring for a third straight year, the Kings nevertheless face several questions with players arriving Wednesday and training camp officially opening Thursday.
December 29, 2010 |
Kings tonight VS. PHILADELPHIA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 22-13-1, Flyers 22-9-5. Record vs. Flyers (2009-10): 0-1-0. Update: With the Kings playing back-to-back games for the second time in five days, Coach Terry Murray said he plans to start backup goalie Jonathan Bernier against the Flyers. The rotation of Bernier and regular starter Jonathan Quick worked pretty well earlier this week with the two combining to give up only a goal in consecutive wins.
June 23, 2013 |
Add Kings Coach Darryl Sutter to the significant list of wounded Kings. Even he was fighting through an injury during the long-and-winding and grueling playoff run to the Western Conference Final. Unlike his players, Sutter was hurt long before the shortened season started. He finally had double-hernia surgery after the Kings were eliminated by the Blackhawks, and, in fact, had it repaired, robotically. CBS TV, locally, reported last week on the Da Vinci robotic surgical system and Sutter's recent procedure . His boss, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, joked about Sutter's legendary stubbornness.
November 15, 2010
Kings tonight AT SAN JOSE When: 7:30. Where: HP Pavilion. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 12-3-0, Sharks 8-5-2. Record vs. Sharks (2009-10): 3-2-1. Update: The Kings extended their winning streak to six Saturday and set a franchise record with their eighth straight home win to start the season but now begin a stretch in which they will play five of six on the road. Included in their league-leading 92.2% penalty killing rate is an active streak of killing 22 consecutive penalties.