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September 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of a knee injury and needed a second procedure to correct problems related to his first surgery, said Sunday he's ready to go “full speed ahead” when training camp begins this week. “No tiptoeing into this. I've been scrimmaging with the guys, practicing, doing everything full steam and business as usual,” Mitchell said Sunday during the club's Fan Fest event at Staples Center. Players are scheduled to report to the team's El Segundo practice facility for physicals on Wednesday and take to the ice on Thursday.
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April 6, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada - Three games remaining in the regular season on the yellow brick road to the playoffs, and the Kings finally catch a break in the schedule. They don't play again until Wednesday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is always mulling schedules and timetables - maybe it's the lasting influence of his early farm years - and he pondered what to do during the three days between games. One consideration was having a mini-camp in scenic Banff, Alberta, before Wednesday's game at Calgary.
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April 2, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Veteran Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who has been out all season, required a second surgery this week on his injured knee, according to his agent Mike Liut. The procedure was designed to clean up "some debris" in the knee, Luit said. Previously, Mitchell tried at least one round of platelet-rich plasma therapy.  Mitchell, a big piece of the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup, injured his knee during the lockout and had surgery to remove some cartilage. He reinjured the knee during his rehabilitation, pushing too hard too soon before training camp.
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April 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada  - The panicked hue and cry from the Kings' fan base when defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday's game in San Jose was almost like that bleak November night in Buffalo when goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a serious groin injury. That's where the similarities end. Quick immediately went home to Los Angeles and missed a substantial portion of the season. By contrast, Doughty, who appeared to injure his shoulder against the Sharks in the first period, continued on the trip with the team to Canada.
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September 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of knee problems, is expected to be ready when the team opens training camp next week in El Segundo. Players are scheduled to report for physicals Sept. 11 and take to the ice the following day. “At this point everything has been positive -- as of today he will be ready for camp,” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Wednesday via email. Mitchell, a veteran with an imposing physical presence, was sorely missed last season.
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October 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
All the pain, frustration and waiting will be over for Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on Thursday night when he returns to the NHL ice, fittingly, at the venue where he made his name. “I feel excited and fortunate to be in this spot,” Mitchell said Wednesday after the Kings' practiced in El Segundo before boarding a flight to play their regular-season opener at 5 p.m. Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at XCel Energy Center. “There's a sense of satisfaction. I did have to work hard for this.
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December 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
It is not a 100% return to health - not that any NHL team is ever completely without issues - but the Kings are inching toward that elusive goal. On hand Friday in practice for Saturday's game at Nashville were defenseman Willie Mitchell and goalie Jonathan Quick . It is the first trip Quick has taken with his teammates since he suffered a strained groin at Buffalo on Nov. 12. Mitchell suffered an upper-body injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip. Quick's presence is a definite sign of progress, considering Coach Darryl Sutter had indicated recently he did not think Quick would make this trip.
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January 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada -- Kings Coach Darryl Sutter , the minister of bluntness, was at it again on this textbook winter day in Alberta. With the Kings trying to avoid a 0-3 start, attention turned to the future availability of veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell . Mitchell had knee surgery during the lockout and is moving along. Not fast enough, apparently. "You know what, he's got doctor's clearance," Sutter said Wednesday. "He's got trainers' clearance. Coaches want him to clear himself.
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January 22, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
DENVER -- Greetings from Denver, where the Kings will face the Avalanche on Tuesday night without the veteran leadership of defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. Center Anze Kopitar, however, will be back in action. Mitchell is on this three-game trip but is not ready to return. Greene remains back home and was diagnosed with a herniated disk, which will require surgery, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. The surgery could happen as early as Thursday. But Sutter revealed that Greene had been having back issues in the off-season, well before the season opener against Chicago.
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March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Upon further review . . . Teammates were more than impressed with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's incredible kick save on Blake Wheeler with just under a minute remaining in their 4-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Quick was on his stomach and kicked his right leg back to make the save on Wheeler, who was shooting from a sharp angle from the right corner. The view on the ice was one thing. But it looked even better when the Kings were finally able to watch the replays afterward.
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March 29, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Their hard-earned road mentality survived the flight home intact, making the trip back to Staples Center with the Kings. That hasn't always been the case this season. But the Kings chased one goalie (Ondrej Pavelec) and scored once on his replacement (Al Montoya) to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, his linemate Marian Gaborik added two assists, as did defenseman Willie Mitchell for his first multi-point game in nearly two years.
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March 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH - With the Kings scheduled to play their third road game in four days when they face the Penguins on Thursday at Consol Energy Center, Coach Darryl Sutter declared Wednesday's practice an optional session. Not surprisingly, most players opted out. Forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford and defenseman Matt Greene shared the ice with goaltender Martin Jones, and all of them got a good workout that was led by Sutter. It's normal for youngsters and players who get little ice time to participate in optional practices, but it's a relatively new adventure for Greene, a veteran whose toughness and basic defensive play made him a leader during the team's 2012 Stanley Cup run. Greene, who was designated an alternate captain because of his stalwart play and the respect he has within the locker room,  has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 13 games.
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March 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
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January 28, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Darryl Sutter said Tuesday the wear and tear of his Kings' Grammys trip that began Jan. 16 has been “brutal.” “No rest, no practice, no energy,” the Kings coach said before his team plays the host Phoenix Coyotes (24-18-10) Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time. “We don't lose games because of effort, put it that way. You see us always push back and push through, but sometimes your top guys don't have the energy to do it.” Yet, should the Kings (30-18-6)
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January 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Lisa Dillman
Their Dodger Stadium game will certainly be historic, with KISS in concert, beach volleyball to the side and an expected sellout crowd watching hockey in the open (and warm) air. But Thursday night's prequel to Saturday's NHL Stadium Series event, pitting the chafed Ducks and Kings in the normal surroundings of Honda Center, should have tremendous entertainment value as well. The Kings (29-16-6) arrive desperate for a win, mired in a 1-2-1 trip that included Saturday's galling shootout loss in Detroit.
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January 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DETROIT - Defenseman Jake Muzzin's emotions swung quickly Thursday from exhilaration to exasperation. The 24-year-old scored the Kings' first goal against St. Louis - his first point in 15 games - but was responsible for the Blues' equalizer after his shot on goal was blocked and turned into a breakaway for T.J. Oshie. Muzzin impeded Oshie, who was awarded a penalty shot and scored. "Stuff's going to happen. There's no sense dwelling on it or letting it affect the rest of your game," he said Friday after the Kings practiced at Joe Louis Arena.
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December 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
CHICAGO -- Defenseman Drew Doughty was pondering why the Kings have had so much trouble against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Then again, who hasn't? The Kings are hardly alone as plenty of teams have struggled at the United Center. "In the past, our team hasn't really shown up for most games at the 'Madhouse,' here or whatever it's called," he said after Monday's morning skate. "We need to be able to show up. We have to be able to beat them in this rink and we haven't in the last five years.
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