February 11, 2010
Kings tonight VS. EDMONTON When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 36-20-3, Oilers 18-35-6. Record vs. Oilers: 2-0-0. Update: The Oilers fell to the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday, while the Kings are coming off their first loss in three weeks. Defenseman Rob Scuderi, who missed ice time in Monday's loss in Anaheim with flu-like symptoms, and forward Ryan Smyth, who was hit by a puck in the game, are both expected to play Thursday.
October 9, 1996 |
Ryan Smyth scored three goals, including the go-ahead score with 2:14 left and an empty-netter with eight seconds remaining, as Edmonton beat the Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Toronto Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory. The Oilers' 3-0 start is their best since 1985-86, when they opened with five consecutivewins. Jason Arnott also scored for the Oilers. Mike Craig and Mats Sundin scored for the Leafs. Florida 1, N.Y.
July 5, 2009 |
Ryan Smyth didn't have to accept a trade to the Kings. The five-year, $31.25-million contract he signed with Colorado had a no-trade clause, and the Kings aren't close to Stanley Cup contention. But the 33-year-old left wing recognized a chance to lend his leadership to a team that needs it and on Friday agreed to come here for defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing and the Kings' fifth-round pick in 2010. "I first want to thank the Colorado organization," he said by phone Saturday.
October 10, 1998 |
The team the Kings will face tonight in their season opener isn't the same team that handled them pretty easily, winning four five games a year ago. It isn't the same team that came back from a 1-3 disadvantage to dispatch the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs last spring. That team had Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth scoring goals, and this team still hasn't signed either. That team had goaltender Curtis Joseph keeping the Kings from scoring. Joseph stops shots for Toronto now.
October 3, 2009 |
1 Can Jonathan Quick become the elite goaltender that Kings fans have dreamed of for years? He showed poise and competitiveness last season (21-18-2 record, 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage in 44 games) but being the starter is a big challenge. Any success the Kings might have will start with him. 2 Is Anze Kopitar a true first-line center in the mode of a Joe Sakic -- someone who can valiantly carry a team -- or the No. 1 center by default? It's time for him to step up another notch.
October 2, 2009 |
It was no surprise Anze Kopitar was the Kings' top preseason goal scorer, with five, and top scorer with eight points. But for winger Wayne Simmonds to share the goal-scoring lead was a revelation to a team that was starved for goals last season. Or was it? "No, I'm not surprised," Coach Terry Murray said Thursday after practice in El Segundo. "I love the way he finished off the year last year. The last 10 games of the season he was arguably one of our top three players on the team and he had a great summer.
November 17, 2001 |
Josh Green and Anson Carter each scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers routed the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-1, at Edmonton, Canada, yet lost inspirational leader Ryan Smyth to a broken ankle. Smyth, Edmonton's leading scorer with 23 points, left the game early in the first period with a broken right ankle. He was taken to the hospital and underwent immediate surgery to insert a plate in his leg. He is expected to miss 10-12 weeks.
March 13, 2012 |
Center Colin Fraser, who unwittingly became the center of a controversy last summer when the Kings claimed they were misled about the seriousness of a foot injury he suffered before they acquired him from Edmonton, has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The trophy is named for the late Bill Masterton, a former Minnesota North Stars player who died as the result of a head injury he incurred during a game.
July 8, 2011 |
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, contending the Edmonton Oilers had twice misrepresented the health of a traded player, said Friday the Kings will "look at our legal avenues" for a remedy. "The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton's word," Lombardi said. Lombardi agreed to take forward Gilbert Brule in exchange for Ryan Smyth but balked after the Kings determined Brule hadn't been procedurally cleared following a concussion.
December 2, 2007 |
Like a house of cards stacked high, the Kings' early two-goal lead appeared to have some foundation, but it was only a matter of time before that advantage crumbled right before their eyes. Ryan Smyth scored two goals in the third period to break a tie as the Colorado Avalanche responded with five unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory Saturday night in front of 17,297 at Staples Center, keeping the Kings in the Pacific Division basement.