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Slumping Kings look to Avalanche to bury losing streak

The Kings fled Southern California early Monday afternoon. And though their charter flight took them to Denver, the destination wasn’t nearly as important as the fact that they didn’t stay here. Home has not been kind to the team lately. Not only have the Kings lost three consecutive regulation-length...

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Ducks can't recover against Phoenix after giving up three first-period goals

Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.  Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period...

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  • Kings call up Adrian Kempe from AHL in effort to jump-start struggling offense

    Kings call up Adrian Kempe from AHL in effort to jump-start struggling offense

    In an effort to jump-start their struggling offense, the Kings summoned forward Adrian Kempe from the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Kempe, 20, a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, could make his NHL debut Thursday when the Kings return from their bye week to...

  • Los Angeles Kings are expected to call up top forward prospect Adrian Kempe

    Los Angeles Kings are expected to call up top forward prospect Adrian Kempe

    The Kings are expected to recall top forward prospect Adrian Kempe. Their first-round pick from 2014 has spent two seasons with Ontario of the American Hockey League and has yet to make his NHL debut. The Kings concluded their bye week Tuesday and next play Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes...

  • Kings announcer Bob Miller still on mend

    Kings announcer Bob Miller still on mend

    Bob Miller, the Hall of Fame television play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, will miss another seven games while he continues recuperating from a mild stroke he suffered last month.  The team said Monday that Miller is recovering at home and “remains in great spirits.” The 78-year-old...

  • Kings look within as they prepare to make playoff push

    Kings look within as they prepare to make playoff push

    The Kings’ scoring woes were so bad early in their latest road trip that the bye week that followed nearly became a bye-bye week, as in time to say farewell to a playoff berth this season. A four-point performance by MVP contender Jeff Carter launched them into their break with a win and possession...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings' 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers

    Three takeaways from the Kings' 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers

    The Kings will have a lot to think about on their league-mandated bye week, which comes on the heels of an exhausting stretch that saw them play 10 games in seven states and the District of Columbia in 19 days. Here are three takeaways from Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers, the sixth...

  • Jeff Carter has four points as Kings beat Panthers, 6-3, and earn a rest

    Jeff Carter has four points as Kings beat Panthers, 6-3, and earn a rest

    The Kings entered Thursday night’s game with the Florida Panthers knowing they had just 60 minutes of hockey and a cross-country  flight between them and their longest break of the season. Win, and they’d sleep soundly for a week. But lose on Thursday and the mini-vacation could be clouded with...

  • Kings bring a legend back for old-times' sake

    Kings bring a legend back for old-times' sake

    A few months after the NHL expanded to the West Coast, Ken McDonald, the nascent Kings’ TV and radio voice, slumped behind a desk in the training camp hotel and wondered whether the experiment would work. The Kings, he knew, would survive. But he wasn’t sure about their broadcaster, a wide-eyed...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Inexplicably, the Kings have seen their hottest streak of the season dissolve into the most frigid of cold spells in the space of consecutive 5-0 losses. The second came Tuesday in Tampa, where a fast start that featured 19 first-period shots fizzled, allowing the Lightning to sweep the season...

  • Kings are bullied on the road in 5-0 loss to the Lightning

    Kings are bullied on the road in 5-0 loss to the Lightning

    Jonathan Quick was the first player out of the Kings dressing room Tuesday, walking alone with his thoughts and a black backpack toward the team bus. That actually counts as a breakthrough for Quick, the All-Star goalie, who is accompanying the team on a trip for the first time since injuring his...

  • Los Angeles Kings take hope and health into a two-game Florida swing

    Los Angeles Kings take hope and health into a two-game Florida swing

    With fewer than 30 games remaining in the regular season, the Kings are running out of time if they hope to reach the NHL playoffs and do so injury-free. And though neither goal is guaranteed, the team appears to be making progress toward both as it opens a two-game swing through Florida, meeting...

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  • 10-day suspension looms for Ducks' Antoine Vermette after slashing incident with official

    10-day suspension looms for Ducks' Antoine Vermette after slashing incident with official

    Ducks center Antoine Vermette is facing a 10-game suspension for abuse of an official. The NHL is expected to announce supplemental discipline Thursday for an uncharacteristic incident by Vermette in Tuesday’s game, pending an appeal by Vermette. The NHL and NHL Players' Association reportedly...

  • Jaromir Jagr has found the fountain of youth with Florida

    Jaromir Jagr has found the fountain of youth with Florida

    On the rare days that Jaromir Jagr feels like talking, there are few subjects that are off limits. Want to know who his favorite wrestler is? “I like the Rock,” Jagr growls in a deep, gravelly voice. “I’ve seen all of his movies.” Was he inspired by Serena Williams and Roger Federer both winning...

  • John Gibson tames the Wild in Ducks' 1-0 win

    John Gibson tames the Wild in Ducks' 1-0 win

    John Gibson made 37 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, rookie Joseph Cramarossa scored his fourth goal and the Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild, 1-0, on Tuesday night.  Gibson stalled the league's fourth-highest scoring team, beating Minnesota and former coach Bruce Boudreau for the first...

  • Ducks are hoping for better results from next big test in Minnesota

    Ducks are hoping for better results from next big test in Minnesota

    For someone who has spent the past two weeks flying around the country, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler picked a fitting place to spend his day off: The National Air and Space Museum in Washington.  The Ducks stayed over in the nation’s capital Sunday, and perhaps taking in the history of aircraft...

  • What we learned last week in the NHL

    What we learned last week in the NHL

    What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL: ►The league and Detroit will miss Mike Ilitch. The death last week of Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch was a great loss to the NHL. The son of Macedonian immigrants, Ilitch built a small pizza business into a sports empire and was in the forefront...

  • Ducks nearly steal one in Washington, fall to Capitals, 6-4

    Ducks nearly steal one in Washington, fall to Capitals, 6-4

    Rookie Zach Sanford scored his first NHL goal to break a tie late in the third period and the Washington Capitals beat the Ducks, 6-4, on Saturday night despite giving back a three-goal lead.  Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and T.J. Oshie, Daniel Winnik and Marcus Johansson had a...

  • Red-hot Capitals could make history (at Ducks' expense)

    Red-hot Capitals could make history (at Ducks' expense)

    The Ducks usually don’t keep a finger on the pulse of the Eastern Conference, outside of catching the final scores on the bottom scroll of the television highlights. But some numbers on that feed have made their fingers hit the pause button. The Washington Capitals have scored at least five goals...

  • Red Wings, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87

    Red Wings, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87

    Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87.  Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums,...

  • Corey Perry breaks out of slump in Ducks' 5-2 win over Sabres

    Corey Perry breaks out of slump in Ducks' 5-2 win over Sabres

    For one night at least, Corey Perry rediscovered his scoring touch in propelling the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.  Antoine Vermette and the Ducks were left hoping this is a sign of things to come.  “Oh, he's a wild card. This is a dangerous player all his...

  • California Seals documentary is one you don't want to let slip away

    California Seals documentary is one you don't want to let slip away

    It all seems to come back to the white skates, and hockey fans’ fond fascination with a team that had three names — and more owners than names — in its nine-season existence. One of six teams admitted to the NHL in the 1967 expansion, the California Seals — later known as the Oakland Seals and...

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