January 21, 2014 |
Dodger Stadium will become a hockey rink on Saturday when the Ducks and the Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game -- one of six outdoor league games to be played this season. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Outdoor hockey in L.A. -- it's a first. And on a day when the high may reach upward of 80 degrees. "I don't think anyone ever thought it'd be possible to do here ," Ducks center Saku Koivu told the Los Angeles Times. "It's going to be a great experience. " Unless the ice cube melts. Those making the magic happen, however, expect the ice to stay nice and frosty.
January 2, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Their swagger had already taken hits before the Christmas break and now the Kings' once-supreme self-confidence has absorbed blow after blow. And now, the Kings' confidence has gone missing in the locker room and on the ice during a five-game losing streak. The dismal state of affairs was underlined by a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter pulled rookie goalie Martin Jones in the second period after the Blues' second goal at 11 minutes 41 seconds and replaced him with Ben Scrivens, who gave up a goal on the first shot he faced and let in two more goals in the third period.
October 6, 2013 |
Once you've been to the top of the mountain, the view from base camp isn't quite as beguiling. In other words: Nothing will quite match last season's home opener, in which the Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner. The Kings play host to the New York Rangers on Monday night in their home opener at Staples Center. "There's always a little bit more energy in the building," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We definitely have to use it to our advantage. It's hard to explain it. When you win a championship - you kind of compare everything - it's not the same.
June 6, 2013 |
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear. They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won. From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
May 28, 2013 |
Dustin Brown remembers the last time he lost the final game of the season, that he was dissatisfied and disappointed and then had to shake hands with players he had just tried to check into submission. The Kings' captain last felt that sensation in 2011, after a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. In 2010, Brown and the Kings were happy simply to be in the playoffs and their six-game loss to Vancouver represented progress. Their six-game dismissal by the Sharks was different, casting doubt on the Kings' long and often painful rebuilding plan.
April 23, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Greetings from hockey country, and just to make the Kings feel more comfortable, the area was nicely blanketed with about four to five inches of snow overnight. Bring on May. And the playoffs, of course. The Kings have three games remaining, including Tuesday night's contest against the Minnesota Wild, and the sight of the regular-season finish line has its benefits. “It's been a grind,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said after Tuesday's morning skate.