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Ducks add scoring punch ahead of Kings clash

If Saturday’s Ducks-Kings matchup was a neighborhood pickup game, the Ducks just brought in a ringer, er, winger. A quiet trade front was shaken Friday when the Ducks acquired right wing Patrick Eaves of the Dallas Stars to address their need for a scoring forward, while the Kings continued to...

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  • 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...

  • Kings can’t catch a break after long layoff

    Kings can’t catch a break after long layoff

    At first blush it seemed like a good idea. Starting this season each NHL team would get a midseason bye week, a five-day break from games and practice to rest and recuperate from the rigors of a demanding six-month schedule. But the R and R has mostly resulted in Ls, with just three of the first...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Ducks center Antoine Vermette suspended 10 games for abuse of official

    Ducks center Antoine Vermette suspended 10 games for abuse of official

    The Ducks will be without one of their best faceoff men, a trusted veteran,  as they begin a long-awaited home stint. Center Antoine Vermette was suspended 10 games for abuse of an official, the NHL announced Thursday, but Vermette will appeal the first suspension of his 12-year career. He will...

  • 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...

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