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Three things we learned from the Kings’ 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild

Newly acquired goaltender Ben Bishop was supposed to make his Kings debut Monday in the opener of a brief but crucial two-game, two-nation, 27-hour road trip. But his late arrival from Tampa led Coach Darryl Sutter to start Jonathan Quick in goal and keep Bishop on the bench, where he saw Quick...

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Challenges loom as Ducks get in playoff mode

Heavy snow at his favorite fishing spot in Bishop led Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle to cancel his plans to spend his team’s bye week with his rod and reel on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. His Plan B was to go fishing out of Catalina, but forecasts of rain led him to scrap that, too. Instead,...

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  • Jonathan Quick might be close to returning as Kings place Jeff Zatkoff on waivers

    Jonathan Quick might be close to returning as Kings place Jeff Zatkoff on waivers

    Kings Coach Darryl Sutter has been careful to downplay Jonathan Quick’s progress in returning from the groin injury that sidelined him less than a period into the season. But it wasn’t hard to see the significance in two recent developments involving the former all-star goaltender. The first came...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings' 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche

    Three takeaways from the Kings' 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche

    Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said when he was in a scoring slump during his playing career that he would take a pail of pucks onto the ice and slap them into the net, just to remember what that felt like. “I stood around the net and just flipped pucks,” said Sutter, who had five 20-goal seasons in...

  • Kings snap three-game losing streak with 2-1 win over Avalanche

    Kings snap three-game losing streak with 2-1 win over Avalanche

     When the final horn sounded on the Kings’ 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, defenseman Drew Doughty pumped his fist twice, then wrapped goalie Peter Budaj in a smothering embrace. It was a hug worthy of a one-sided playoff win, not a one-goal squeaker against the worst team in the...

  • Slumping Kings look to Avalanche to bury losing streak

    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...

  • Three takeaways from the Ducks' 1-0 shutout of the Kings

    Three takeaways from the Ducks' 1-0 shutout of the Kings

    Clank. Bang. Ding. There wasn’t much that separated the Ducks and Kings in their third matchup this season. Sami Vatanen and Joseph Cramarossa hit the post and crossbar, respectively, for the Ducks. Adrian Kempe hit the post and Trevor Lewis missed a glorious look for the Kings. A 1-0 win by the...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers

    Three takeaways from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers

    The Kings spotted their opponents a 2-0 lead. Again. Then they rallied to make the game close. Again. And then they lost. Again. If it seems like the team is experiencing déjà vu all over again, that’s only one takeaway from Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Here are three others: It’s...

  • Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

    Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

    Adrian Kempe’s NHL debut Thursday was a blur. Not so much for Kempe, but for everyone else. “There were players on the ice that couldn’t keep up with him,” marveled Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. “He’s got wheels,” agreed captain Anze Kopitar said. “He can skate, definitely.” Sutter is convinced Kempe...

  • Ducks get competitive juices flowing at practice

    Ducks get competitive juices flowing at practice

    Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle still has trouble speaking at times because of a case of strep throat that won’t go away. But the Ducks’ frustrations were still voiced loud and clear Saturday.  In the middle of what was a business-like practice, captain Ryan Getzlaf shouted at assistant coach Trent Yawney...

  • Puck is no longer stopping at Kings goaltender Peter Budaj

    Puck is no longer stopping at Kings goaltender Peter Budaj

    Peter Budaj grabbed a plate of food and made his way down a hallway at the Kings’ El Segundo practice facility Friday when Coach Darryl Sutter reached out and gave his goaltender a friendly pat on the back. Then he gave him a verbal kick in the butt. Budaj has allowed 17 goals in his last four...

  • Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes

    Three takeaways from the Kings’ 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes

    The Kings returned from their bye week Thursday and, following established NHL tradition, welcomed themselves back with a 5-3 loss to Arizona. Only three of the first 13 teams to have a bye week have won in their return, with eight of those teams — including the Kings — giving up at least four...

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  • Rickard Rakell, Jonathan Bernier lead Ducks to 5-3 win over Bruins

    Rickard Rakell, Jonathan Bernier lead Ducks to 5-3 win over Bruins

    Concern was raised a notch for the Ducks before the puck even was dropped Wednesday. Goalie John Gibson was scratched because of a lower-body injury, and though his status is day to day, the Ducks recalled Jhonas Enroth to back up Jonathan Bernier. Add in the Boston Bruins’ tenacious attack, and...

  • Irvine's Nicolas Kerdiles ready to make his Ducks debut, five years after being drafted by the team

    Irvine's Nicolas Kerdiles ready to make his Ducks debut, five years after being drafted by the team

    Nicolas Kerdiles was a great story when he was drafted by the Ducks … five years ago. Born in Texas and raised in Irvine, he was the first Orange County-raised player drafted by the franchise.   But his path to the NHL was blocked by a backlog of young forwards in Anaheim’s system, coupled with...

  • Ducks report: Vermette's hearing might be Thursday

    Ducks report: Vermette's hearing might be Thursday

    Ducks center Antoine Vermette is expected to have a hearing Thursday about his suspension for abuse of an official. Vermette appealed the 10-game suspension  given to him for the incident of Feb.14,  when he slapped his stick against a linesman after a faceoff against the Minnesota Wild. Vermette ...

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

    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...

  • What we learned last week in the NHL

    What we learned last week in the NHL

    Lessons learned from the last week of play: The bye week isn’t such a great idea Players often say they like the rhythm of playing every other day or every few days, and there’s evidence that having too much time off could be worse than too little. Through Sunday’s games, the cumulative record...

  • John Gibson, Ducks shut out Kings, 1-0

    John Gibson, Ducks shut out Kings, 1-0

    Desperation met desperation, but the Kings met John Gibson again. With great urgency for points, the Ducks and Kings played a game decided by the slimmest of margins. Both sides hit the post or crossbar in the final period, plus several other near-misses at both ends in a free-flowing contest that...

  • Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

    Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

    The Kings began a stretch Saturday that will see them play seven times in 11 days, with all but one of those games coming against playoff contenders. That’s a span that could go a long way toward determining the team’s own postseason future. But it’s one that got off to a bad start with Aleksander...

  • What we learned from the Ducks' 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers

    What we learned from the Ducks' 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers

    On the night of the worst Southern California storm in years, the Ducks remained stuck in a muddy, inconsistent part of the season. They let a few minutes get away from them in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday, continuing to muddle through the final third of the schedule in search of...

  • Ducks let the Panthers get away in the second period in 4-1 loss

    Ducks let the Panthers get away in the second period in 4-1 loss

    Shorthanded was the early theme for the Ducks as they began the latest chapter of their season. Then Jaromir Jagr turned it into The Old Man and the Steal. Playing without veteran center Antoine Vermette and boosted by Andrew Cogliano’s third shorthanded goal this season, the Ducks appeared ready...

  • Minor-league players going the extra mile for Kings, Ducks

    Minor-league players going the extra mile for Kings, Ducks

    Shea Theodore has the routine down. He gets word from Ducks General Manager Bob Murray or a hockey operations staffer and gets into his GMC Yukon for the drive to San Diego. Or back to Anaheim. From Jan. 1 to Feb. 2, Theodore was reassigned to the minor league San Diego Gulls and called back seven...

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