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January 19, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Kings tonight VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 24-21-1, Coyotes 23-15-9. Record vs. Coyotes: 0-2. Update: Right wing Wayne Simmonds, who missed the last two games because of an apparent ankle injury, practiced Wednesday and it is possible he will play Thursday. Left wing Ryan Smyth left practice early after being struck on the left calf by a puck, but that's not expected to keep him out of the game.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Goals by Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-0 victory over the struggling Kings on Saturday at Staples Center. It was the eighth loss in the last nine games for the Kings, whose ability to score has all but disappeared. Simmonds, who was traded by the Kings to Philadelphia in 2011, scored with 12:12 left in the second period. His teammate, Vincent Lecavalier, took a pass and appeared set to shoot, drawing Kings goalie Jonathan Quick away from the net. But Lecavalier instead passed to Simmonds who converted a wide-open shot.
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September 27, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
The Ducks joined the rapidly growing list of teams testing the early resolve of the NHL's new discipline czar, Brendan Shanahan . Shanahan, the league's senior vice president of player safety, on Tuesday suspended Ducks winger J.F. Jacques for the remainder of the preseason and five regular-season games as a result of the incident with Canucks forward Mike Duco on Saturday at Vancouver. Though Jacques left the bench on a legal line change late in the third period, it was noted he went straight to Duco to start a fight, making no effort to join the play.
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December 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: Plus + Despite being plagued by injuries - they lost four of their top six defensemen at one point - the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 12 of their last 14 games and lead the East. Their latest injury was to first-line winger Pascal Dupuis, whose season might have ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Monday. But they did get valuable defenseman Rob Scuderi back from a broken ankle Sunday.
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November 26, 2010 | By Steve Galluzzo
After losing three of four on the road and dropping out of first place in the Pacific Division, the Kings know they have to generate more offense, particularly with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks up next. To shake things up, Coach Terry Murray changed his top line at practice Friday in El Segundo, moving Wayne Simmonds up from the the third line to play right wing and switching Dustin Brown to left wing. Anze Kopitar will continue to center that line.
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February 11, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Center Anze Kopitar is not injured. Nor is illness the reason he has no goals in his past 10 games and two in his last 25. "Everything's good," he said. Except that scoring drought. "No," he said, "that's awful. " Hoping to stir Kopitar out of his doldrums, Coach Terry Murray mixed up his lines again for Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals. Kopitar will center for Michal Handzus and the also-slumping Wayne Simmonds , who has no goals in his last 10 games and one in 18. Rookie Andrei Loktionov moves from left wing to his natural center spot, between Kyle Clifford and Dustin Brown . The reliable Ryan Smyth - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams line remains intact and the fourth line is likely to again be made up of Alexei Ponikarovsky , Trevor Lewis and Kevin Westgarth . "It's one of those days again with different line combos.
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October 24, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
KINGS TONIGHT AT MINNESOTA When: 5 PDT. Where: Xcel Energy Center. On the air: TV: Versus; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 5-2-0, Wild 3-3-1. Record vs. Wild (2009-10) : 2-2-0. Update: The Kings had Sunday off after an early morning arrival from Colorado, where they had won for the fourth time in five games. General Manager Dean Lombardi said he had not heard from the NHL regarding a possible suspension for right wing Wayne Simmonds, who was assessed a major penalty for butt-ending and a game misconduct in Saturday's 6-4 victory at Colorado.
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September 23, 2011 | Wire reports
The NHL said Friday that the throwing of a banana from the stands during an exhibition hockey game involving a black player was "stupid and ignorant. " The banana was thrown from the crowd in London, Ontario, on Thursday as Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds , who is black, was skating toward the Detroit goal during a shootout. "We have millions of great fans who show tremendous respect for our players and for the game," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
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June 23, 2011 | Helene Elliott
Dean Lombardi believes the Kings' time is now, that the distance to their ultimate goal is shorter than the bumpy road they've traveled since he took over an organization that had no depth and no plan to escape the muck of mediocrity. He has assembled assets, built a balanced defense and — miracle of miracles — found legitimate goaltenders. The question now is whether he knows how to tell time. If Lombardi has read this right, acquiring center Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers for the hefty price of top prospect Brayden Schenn, gritty winger Wayne Simmonds and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft will significantly boost a team that took a small but definite step back last season.
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October 2, 2009 | Helene Elliott
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.
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October 7, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The new video and song fell painfully flat, but the light show was nifty and the introductions brimmed with rah-rah enthusiasm before the Kings' first game at Staples Center this season. The festivities - mercifully - were brief, but that wasn't the only difference between Monday's opener and the events the Kings staged to launch last season. This time there was no Stanley Cup banner to raise or title to defend. "It kind of feels like we had something taken away from us last year, which angers me," winger Justin Williams said.
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August 22, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Top negotiators for the NHL and the players' union met Wednesday morning to discuss the status of their labor talks, agreed to skip a second scheduled session and decided to reconvene in Toronto on Thursday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA executives Donald Fehr and Steve Fehr for two hours. The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15 and Bettman has said the league will lock players out if a new agreement isn't reached.
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August 17, 2012 | Wire Reports
Serena and Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open by handling the afternoon heat, humidity and wind at Mason, Ohio. The conditions were too much for Andy Murray. Murray's off day turned into the biggest upset of the tournament, a straight-sets loss Thursday that left him with hardly any hard-court time heading into the U.S. Open. Murray lost, 6-4, 6-4, to France's Jeremy Chardy, an opponent he had beaten easily the four previous times they had played.
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May 11, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Upon further review, and the helpful distance of about three months, Kings center Mike Richards considered the wisdom of taking on someone about six inches taller and 35 pounds heavier. That would be a certain Phoenix Coyotes forward named Martin Hanzal. "I don't know what I was thinking," Richards said Thursday, chuckling about their scrap in a fight-filled game between the Kings and Coyotes at Staples Center in February. "Defense. " Survival, perhaps? Anyhow, there will be a rematch … and no rematch.
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April 2, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Several playoff berths and positions will be decided as the season winds down. Saturday's league finale, featuring the Kings at San Jose, might determine who wins the Pacific Division and who goes home. The overall point title is being contested by Vancouver, St. Louis and the New York Rangers. The Atlantic, Southeast and Pacific division titles are still undecided. Here's a look at the most crucial games this week: Tuesday Pittsburgh at Boston: The Penguins have a slim chance to pass the Rangers in the Atlantic but are more likely to battle for the No. 4 seeding and home-ice advantage in the first round.
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December 10, 2011 | Wire Reports
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have continued a season-long trend by winning games and losing players. Despite seeing Claude Giroux depart late in the second period with a head injury and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov leave with 13 minutes 1 second left in the game, the Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Giroux was hurt late in the second period when he was inadvertently kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds. "He was in front of me and I tried to jump over him and I don't know where I caught him," Simmonds said.
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October 15, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
When: 4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: KTLK (1150) Records: Kings 1-1-1; Flyers 3-0-0. Update: Mike Richards, the return. Funny how the lone Kings-Flyers game this season happens to come so quickly as Richards plays against his former team for the first time. The Kings acquired Richards in June in exchange for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, and the deal carried more than the usual baggage. Richards was asked about how he was planning to handle the homecoming.
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October 6, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
Acquiring Mike Richards gave the Kings two scoring centers and great credibility. Signing Simon Gagne should remedy their scoring problems, though they might need another scoring winger later. Drew Doughty played only one exhibition game after signing an eight-year, $56-million contract, leaving his fitness in question. If he and the Kings get a good start this team can make noise in the West. Expectations for them are high but justified. Projected lines First line 12, Simon Gagne, left wing 10, Mike Richards, center 23, Dustin Brown, right wing Gagne and Richards played together in Philadelphia.
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