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Kings report: Devin Setoguchi is expected to get back in the lineup Saturday

Forward Devin Setoguchi had a feeling he would be scratched from the Kings’ lineup after he got away from the energetic play that had won him a regular spot. He was honest about his shortcomings, realizing he had stopped using his speed to its best advantage, wasn’t battling hard enough, and wasn’t...

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  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 victory over Arizona on Thursday

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 victory over Arizona on Thursday

    What we learned from the Kings’ 4-3 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday: Sometimes things happen after they don’t Sounds like something Yogi Berra might have said, but think about it. Winger Jordan Nolan had scored no goals in 52 games last season and had none in his first 13 this season but scored...

  • Nolan ends a long drought in Kings' 4-3 win

    Nolan ends a long drought in Kings' 4-3 win

    Before his two-goal performance in the Kings’ wild 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, rugged winger Jordan Nolan hadn’t scored since April 9, 2015. That was long enough for him to forget exactly when he had last put one in the net, but not so long that he gave up on ever scoring...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 loss to the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 loss to the Sharks

    Anze Kopitar put it best: There was no second wind for the Kings. They threw everything at the San Jose Sharks for most of the second period and came away with only one goal in a 4-1 loss Wednesday that ended the Kings’ five-game win streak. Here’s what we learned: The Kings’ usually rigid defense...

  • Kings' five-game winning streak ends with 4-1 loss to the Sharks

    Kings' five-game winning streak ends with 4-1 loss to the Sharks

    The difference between the Kings and San Jose Sharks could be measured by the width of a hockey stick and the thickness of a goal post. Midway through the game, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns made a goal-saving stick play on Trevor Lewis. Minutes later, Tanner Pearson hit the crossbar, one of two...

  • Kings in 'good place' as they prepare for Sharks rematch

    Kings in 'good place' as they prepare for Sharks rematch

    Kings Coach Darryl Sutter needed a moment to digest all that’s transpired since his team  last played the San Jose Sharks.  That says a lot considering Sutter’s assessments are usually delivered deadpan. To recap: The Kings lost goalie Jonathan Quick after the first period of the season opener...

  • Jeff Carter applies finishing touch in OT for Kings

    Jeff Carter applies finishing touch in OT for Kings

    The downtown sky cleared up Saturday in time for the Kings to unveil a 50th anniversary monument outside Staples Center, a ceremony initially postponed because of rain. Inside the building, there seemed to be a timely opening for the Kings: The Chicago Blackhawks were on their second game in 48...

  • Kings goaltender Peter Budaj is making the most of a golden opportunity

    Kings goaltender Peter Budaj is making the most of a golden opportunity

    It seemed like a routine transaction when the Kings, seemingly secure with Jonathan Quick as their No. 1 goaltender and freshly minted Stanley Cup champion Jeff Zatkoff slotted into the backup role, waived Peter Budaj in order to reassign him to the minor leagues on Oct. 3. Budaj, who had signed...

  • Kings' Gaborik could make season debut Saturday

    Kings' Gaborik could make season debut Saturday

    Winger Marian Gaborik said he’s ready to return to the Kings’ lineup Saturday, which would be one day short of nine weeks since he suffered a broken foot when he was hit by a shot taken by Team Europe teammate Mats Zuccarello during the World Cup tournament. “I feel good. That’s the plan,” Gaborik...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over the Islanders

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over the Islanders

    Here’s what we learned from the Kings’ 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night: The Kings might not score much, but they can score in bunches After 57 mostly sleepy minutes in which the Kings got a goal on a long shot by Alec Martinez at 15:34 of the first period and the Islanders...

  • Derek Forbort continues to contribute in Kings' 4-2 win over Islanders

    Derek Forbort continues to contribute in Kings' 4-2 win over Islanders

    In the off-season, Kings defenseman Derek Forbort takes full advantage of his 6-foot-4 height to live out his fantasies by playing basketball with friends. A native of Duluth, Minn., and fan of his home-state Timberwolves, he also admires LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. All...

  • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick's return from injury is a slow and tedious process

    Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick's return from injury is a slow and tedious process

    Jonathan Quick knew something was wrong — maybe very wrong — during the final minutes of the first period of the Kings’ first game this season, but his mind initially refused to acknowledge what his body had felt. “You have a few thoughts like, ‘Maybe it won’t be bad,’” he said on injuring his...

  • Kopitar could be in lineup when Kings face Islanders

    Kopitar could be in lineup when Kings face Islanders

    Though center Anze Kopitar has missed the last five games because of a hand/arm injury, he still wanted to contribute to the Kings’ success. He figured out how to do the next-best thing. “I try to help the guys out, yelling at the TV,” he said. “Some stuff comes out of my mouth like I’m on the...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Ducks

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Ducks

    The red line might as well have been the pivot on a seesaw Sunday. The second period tilted the Kings’ way, then back to the Ducks for the third.  When it came to a stop the Kings were in first place in the Pacific Division after a 3-2 win at Honda Center. Here’s what we learned: Kings’ younger...

  • Carter peaking at right time for Kings

    Carter peaking at right time for Kings

    Catching Kings center Jeff Carter on or off the ice takes planning and hard work. On skates he’s as fast as anyone, a valuable asset in a league that’s leaning toward speed over sheer brawn. Once the game is over, he tends to shower and dress and leave before most of his teammates have even taken...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils

    What we learned from the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Jeff Carter is good at hockey Carter said he hasn’t consciously tried to elevate his game while Anze Kopitar recovers from a hand/arm injury, but he played a huge role in the Kings’ triumph over the Devils. Coach...

  • Jeff Carter and the Kings will take a 'pretty standard' win over the Devils

    Jeff Carter and the Kings will take a 'pretty standard' win over the Devils

    Center Jeff Carter called the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center “pretty standard” in terms of the low-scoring, physical games the teams usually play against each other. Teammate Alec Martinez was kind enough to crack the code of what Carter really...

  • Ducks counting on the Ryan Kesler effect against the Kings

    Ducks counting on the Ryan Kesler effect against the Kings

    Wherever Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle has been in his coaching career, Ryan Kesler has literally been a center of his attention. Carlyle first coached Kesler for minor league Manitoba Moose. Later, in his first turn with the Ducks and as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carlyle tried to get Kesler...

  • Kings' goalie situation is set, but feelings mixed

    Kings' goalie situation is set, but feelings mixed

    The Kings’ goaltender situation gained clarity Friday, in both positive and negative lights.  The welcome news was that Jeff Zatkoff said he’s healthy after aggravating a groin injury earlier this month. He’s put together several days of hard work, double the rehabilitation he did the initial time...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over Edmonton

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 victory over Edmonton

    What we learned from the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at Staples Center. The Kings’ third line has stepped up The trio of Dustin Brown, Nic Dowd and Devin Setoguchi has been effective the past few games, providing a big lift to the Kings’ flagging offense. Setoguchi...

  • The Kings take it to the kids in 4-2 victory over Oilers

    The Kings take it to the kids in 4-2 victory over Oilers

    There are many benefits to assembling a young team, but there can be almost as many risks. Speed and enthusiasm are great assets but inexperience and inconsistency can send a youthful group into a downward spiral that’s difficult to stop, as the Edmonton Oilers have discovered since their promising...

  • Wayne Gretzky, back with the NHL, returns to L.A. as an Oilers executive

    Wayne Gretzky, back with the NHL, returns to L.A. as an Oilers executive

    The NHL lost its most appealing and well-known personality during the years Wayne Gretzky deliberately avoided aligning with the league or a team following his 2009 resignation as coach of the then-Phoenix Coyotes. With fences since mended on both sides, the NHL and hockey fans are gaining a lot...

  • Oilers' Milan Lucic says 'it'll be cool' to play against the Kings, his former team

    Oilers' Milan Lucic says 'it'll be cool' to play against the Kings, his former team

    Spend significant time around Milan Lucic and it’s clear that he cannot mask his joy. The earnest look comes over his face and his tough exterior dissolves into his genuine good-guy demeanor. He bore that expression when, after a morning skate during a losing skid, he talked about returning to...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 loss at Colorado

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 loss at Colorado

    What we learned from the Kings’ 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday: The Kings’ power play must produce They were one-for-four with the man advantage against Colorado, which is in the bottom third of the NHL in penalty-killing efficiency, and they’re two for 34 in their last 10 games....

  • Avalanche pile it on struggling Kings, 4-1

    Avalanche pile it on struggling Kings, 4-1

    The Kings haven’t yet reached the one-quarter mark of their schedule, so they saw no point in overreacting after a 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center extended their winless streak to four games.  That’s wise. But what matters is how well they react and if they avoid repeating the...

  • Anze Kopitar to miss finale of Kings' road trip

    Anze Kopitar to miss finale of Kings' road trip

    Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where the Kings will face the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in the finale of a five-game trip. The Kings are 1-2-1 so far, leaving their road record this season at 2-6-1. Goaltender Peter Budaj is scheduled to start against the team that he played for during...

  • Kings fall to Jets in shootout

    Kings fall to Jets in shootout

    The story of the game could have been the  controversial five-minute major and ensuing two power-play goals in the first period. The Kings weren’t content to let that narrative stand and managed to push the game into overtime. But the two kids, Winnipeg rookie forward Patrik Laine and Jets forward...

  • Rogatien Vachon's long journey to the Hockey Hall of Fame finally ends Monday

    Rogatien Vachon's long journey to the Hockey Hall of Fame finally ends Monday

    As the youngest of the kids who sneaked water from the well to create a hockey rink on the Vachon family’s dairy farm in tiny Palmarolle, Canada, Rogatien Vachon was destined to become a goaltender. Using homemade sticks, with a couple of lights illuminating the ice and cows as their audience,...

  • Kings could be without injured Anze Kopitar and Jeff Zatkoff against the Jets

    Kings could be without injured Anze Kopitar and Jeff Zatkoff against the Jets

    The injury saga has dogged the Kings in ruthless fashion into November. They could be without one of the NHL’s best players, team captain Anze Kopitar, for Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter called Kopitar “day-to-day,” and it is clear they won’t take any chances...

  • Kings lose a heart breaker, 2-1, as the Senators strike twice in the third

    Kings lose a heart breaker, 2-1, as the Senators strike twice in the third

    It was a night of multiple losses for the Kings. First, of course, the one on the scoreboard, in which they let two points slip away and didn’t even skate away with one. Ottawa forward Zack Smith tied the game with 3:54 remaining in regulation, and the Senators won with Mark Stone’s goal with 6.5...

  • Kings can't beat Price in 4-1 loss at Montreal

    Kings can't beat Price in 4-1 loss at Montreal

    There was a certain full-circle type feeling Thursday at Bell Center. The night started by honoring a goalie, Rogie Vachon, who will be inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame next week in Toronto. It ended by honoring Montreal goalie Carey Price — named the game’s No. 2 star — and perhaps a future...

  • After starting season in minors, goalie Peter Budaj has been saving the day for the Kings

    After starting season in minors, goalie Peter Budaj has been saving the day for the Kings

    Presenting the NHL goalies with the most victories, heading into Wednesday night’s action.   Eight wins: Carey Price of Montreal and Cam Talbot of Edmonton.   Seven wins: Tuukka Rask of Boston, Peter Budaj of the Kings and Henrik Lundqvist of the  New York Rangers One of those five goaltenders...

  • Kings go big in victory over Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-0

    Kings go big in victory over Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-0

    There’s nothing like the sight of a rebuilding Canadian team to energize the Kings and spark their offense. On Tuesday, they put together their second one-sided victory in four days over a Canadian opponent, a 7-0 romp over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center led by Jeff Carter’s two-goal...

  • Kings' Dustin Brown is showing old form

    Kings' Dustin Brown is showing old form

    Is it too early to suggest that the old Dustin Brown is back? Twelve games may not be an enormous sample size but it is enough to indicate that the Kings forward is recovering from difficult seasons on the ice and a most difficult summer off it. He has seven points in 12 games, collecting two more...

  • Devin Setoguchi strikes twice — finally — for the Kings

    Devin Setoguchi strikes twice — finally — for the Kings

    Two and a half years since scoring a goal in the NHL. So it's little wonder that Kings forward Devin Setoguchi couldn't remember the last time he scored. It was March 1, 2014, at Nashville when Setoguchi played for the Winnipeg Jets. On Saturday, Setoguchi didn't even have to wait long between...

  • Kings control Flames early, cruise to shutout victory

    Kings control Flames early, cruise to shutout victory

    It took until the 12th game of the regular season for the Kings to do something that in past years had become pedestrian and almost commonplace. They finally won a game in regulation.  It happened Saturday night against their Pacific Division rivals, the Calgary Flames, with Jeff Carter and Devin...

  • Amid troubles, Kings coach reaches a superb milestone

    Amid troubles, Kings coach reaches a superb milestone

    Even at the best of times, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter generally doesn’t speak much about personal milestones or achievements. Ever since he took over behind the Kings’ bench from Terry Murray in December, 2011, Sutter’s operating philosophy has focused on team goals and successes; the only two Stanley...

  • The injuries are mounting for the Kings, though goalie Jeff Zatkoff is due to return soon

    The injuries are mounting for the Kings, though goalie Jeff Zatkoff is due to return soon

    The state of the (injured) Kings … Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, like most of his colleagues in the NHL, is often reluctant to discuss the specifics of injuries. Fresh off another overtime effort — a 3-2 victory against Pittsburgh — Sutter provided the latest update Friday about his injured players....

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