February 18, 1997 |
For the second time this month, defenseman Doug Zmolek was hospitalized because of an irregular heartbeat. He did not play in Monday afternoon's 2-1 loss to Dallas at the Forum. Zmolek, 26, felt a shortening of breath Monday morning and told King trainer Pete Demers, who drove him to Centinela Hospital. Zmolek will remain there until at least today while doctors try to get his heartbeat back to normal with medication or electric shock.
February 16, 1997 |
For the second consecutive game, King Coach Larry Robinson did not dress defenseman Philippe Boucher because he wanted more physical play against the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night at the Forum. "His game has really slipped," Robinson said about Boucher, who has five goals and 16 points. "He's not being physical enough, nor is he moving the puck around. "His play has really regressed the last couple of weeks. His confidence has gone down.
March 8, 1997 |
* Center Yanic Perreault underwent successful surgery for a kidney problem and is expected to make a full recovery and resume his career next season. He had 11 goals and 25 points in 41 games. Goaltender Stephane Fiset, who has won five of his last six starts, said Friday he hopes to be sidelined for only a week because of a groin-stomach injury he suffered at Edmonton on Tuesday.
January 24, 1997 |
The Kings have given up 160 goals this season, the most in the Pacific Division, and only Toronto, Boston and Montreal have yielded more in the league. "The team that we are, really showed," Coach Larry Robinson said about the Kings, who lost the first two games after the All-Star break by a combined score of 11-3. "Our guys just played at the end of their sticks. . . .
January 22, 1997 |
Defenseman Rob Blake, who has been sidelined because of a broken right hand since Dec. 26, is expected to return for Saturday's game against the Mighty Ducks at the Forum at 5 p.m. Blake practiced with the team on Monday. * The Kings took defenseman Sean O'Donnell off injured reserve on Tuesday, and waived defenseman John Slaney. The Kings may recall Slaney once he has cleared 48-hour waivers and send him to Phoenix, their International Hockey League affiliate. . . .
January 26, 1997 |
Duck players were sharply critical of the third-period blindside hit by King defenseman Sean O'Donnell that knocked Steve Rucchin out of the game. "A couple of those hits, those guys don't deserve to play in this league. That's so dangerous it's unbelievable," Teemu Selanne said. O'Donnell earned a five-minute major for charging after driving Rucchin into the boards as Rucchin cross-checked Yanic Perreault. The play will be subject to automatic NHL review.
January 9, 1997 |
Goaltender Stephane Fiset, who won his first game in a month in the Kings' 6-2 victory over Vancouver on Tuesday night, will get his fourth consecutive start tonight when the Kings play host to Buffalo. After a recent three-game span in which Fiset (6-16-3) gave up 14 goals, the Kings decided to give him more work to help his confidence. * Second-year defenseman Jan Vopat has given the King defense a boost with his steady play since returning to the lineup two games ago.
December 30, 1996 |
Dealing with injuries has become a problem for the Kings, who are trying to stay in the playoff race until at least the All-Star game on Jan. 18. Defenseman Rob Blake, who did not play in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado, is expected to be out at least four weeks because of a broken right hand. Enforcer Matt Johnson (right shoulder) and defenseman Sean O'Donnell (left wrist) are questionable for tonight's game at Edmonton, but both may play at Vancouver on Thursday.