November 3, 2013 |
Their penalty-killing woes didn't just start Saturday night. It had been building for the Kings as they have given up at least one power-play goal in each of the last six games. Perhaps Kings Coach Darryl Sutter had seen enough after Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, during which Nashville went two for three on the power play. Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott asked Sutter about the continuing penalty-killing problems. Sutter was unsparing in his bluntness during his post-game presser.
November 1, 2013 |
Forward Jeff Carter, who shares the Kings' goal-scoring lead with five goals, will be put on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury. He's expected to be out for at least a week, and possibly longer. The NHL does not require teams to be specific when announcing injuries. Carter, who has been playing center most of this season but has also played on the wing, led the Kings in goals last season with 26 in 48 games and ranked second in team scoring with 33 points. The Kings also placed defenseman Keaton Ellerby on waivers and were expected to recall right wing Tyler Toffoli and center Linden Vey from Manchester (N.H.)
October 18, 2013 |
NASHVILLE - To even reach the highlight package known as the shootout - in which Anze Kopitar won it for the Kings in the third round - the Kings had to do some decidedly unglamorous and old-school work Thursday night. The Kings had to kill off a four-on-three in overtime against Nashville, which meant facing the weapon of defenseman Shea Weber's shot. They may not have emerged unscathed, but they survived and won, 2-1, in a shootout against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, giving them three wins on this four-game trip and four out of five overall.
October 15, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was getting a chuckle out of Darryl Sutter's methods on this four-game trip. He brought up Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, who was legendary for his mind games and the ability to keep the media and the opposing team -- and his players -- guessing. Sutter had put center Anze Kopitar and right wing Jeff Carter on a line in practice on Monday with left wing Dwight King. By Tuesday morning, Carter was back with his usual linemate center Mike Richards, and Kopitar was back with captain Dustin Brown and Justin Williams.
October 8, 2013 |
Unwelcome North American attention landed exclusively at the skates of goalie Jonathan Quick by virtue of his own-goal gaffe in the Kings' 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. Of course, the road to the loss was hardly a one-man show, as Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell correctly noted. "If you watch the game, how well Quickie played. We played like beep in front of him," Mitchell said. "The shift before I think he made three pad saves that were incredible.
October 7, 2013 |
For Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, there was something that eased the hurt of not playing in last season's home-opener against Chicago. Sort of. "When I watch it [the game] downstairs on the [in-house] feed, it doesn't seem as real, I guess," he said. "When you watch it upstairs, it becomes very real. That there is 19,000 people and you're not out there playing and it kind of gets the better of you. "For me, I like to watch it downstairs because it doesn't eat me up as much.