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  • A Quick exit for the Kings, lopsided victory for Ducks

    A Quick exit for the Kings, lopsided victory for Ducks

    Apparently, David Perron just needed to get out of Pittsburgh. One of the newest Ducks was the difference-maker in the latest chapter of the Ducks-Kings rivalry Thursday night, producing his first three-point game of the season to lead the Ducks to a 4-2 win at Staples Center. The winger, acquired...

  • Ducks aren't surprised by their recent run of success, and neither are the Kings

    Ducks aren't surprised by their recent run of success, and neither are the Kings

    Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hadn't looked at the standings. Similarly, Cam Fowler said he's not much of a "standings watcher." Maybe their view is blocked by the rungs on the ladder they're climbing. The Ducks are aware, though, that their 11-3-1 run since Christmas has put them back into...

  • Dustin Brown's two goals lead Kings past Coyotes, 6-2

    Dustin Brown's two goals lead Kings past Coyotes, 6-2

    The game was moving along in the second period, typically tight, befitting a Kings-Arizona Coyotes divisional contest. Twelve seconds and two shots late in the second period abruptly changed that narrative. The Kings turned a tie game into a blowout, beating Arizona, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Gila...

  • Kings' Darryl Sutter and Coyotes' Dave Tippett share NHL career longevity

    Kings' Darryl Sutter and Coyotes' Dave Tippett share NHL career longevity

    Arizona Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett will officially enter the 1,000-games-coached club Tuesday night, joining 23 others who accomplished that feat in the NHL. One of those club members happens to be Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter is sixth among active coaches in games coached. For Sutter, Tuesday...

  • Kings are mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Coyotes

    Kings are mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Coyotes

    When the Kings were in Arizona late last month, Coach Darryl Sutter talked about the line of Milan Lucic-Anze Kopitar-Tyler Toffoli. He praised their chemistry and goal-scoring output since they were put together after center Jeff Carter suffered an injury Dec. 26. But there are two things to remember...

  • What we learned this past week in the NHL

    What we learned this past week in the NHL

    The All-Star break and Sunday's game in Nashville cut short last week's schedule, so here's what we learned in Nashville about the midseason showcase and what players want to see next year, when the festivities will take place at Staples Center: • Ducks right wing Corey Perry said he'd like the...

  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

    The NHL's executive committee isn't ready to make a recommendation on expansion because it's considering the issue "in a very orderly and businesslike way," Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday, adding that the group could take a few months and might ultimately recommend adding no teams, one...

  • Kings will work on holding on to leads in NHL's second half

    Kings will work on holding on to leads in NHL's second half

    From a seemingly endless journey through the Southeast, to Canada to games at home, the message from the Kings' players has been remarkably consistent. They were angered and embarrassed by what happened last season — missing the playoffs — and vowed there would not be a repeat of a lost year. They've...

  • NHL All-Star notes: Coaches have a connection because of their sons

    NHL All-Star notes: Coaches have a connection because of their sons

    A standout from last year's NHL All-Star game will make a repeat appearance Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, but his name isn't among the league's scoring leaders or top goaltenders. Christopher Sutter, a star among stars last year in Columbus as an assistant to his father, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter,...

  • Shaquille O'Neal as permanent attraction at Staples Center [Video]

    Shaquille O'Neal as permanent attraction at Staples Center [Video]

    Shaquille O'Neal is getting immortalized in front of Staples Center, leading to a set-in-stone question — how much more bronze, metal and granite can the area accommodate? O'Neal will be the eighth statue on the "Star Plaza," and Kobe Bryant will surely be the ninth some day, but Staples Center...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche

    What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche

    A few more takeaways after the Kings lost for the third time in their last four games. The one victory came in overtime at San Jose on Sunday. They now have a few days during the All-Star break to ponder their shortcomings. Inability to stay penalty-free The Kings were on their heels in the third...

  • Kings stumble into All-Star break, blowing two leads in 4-3 loss to Colorado

    Kings stumble into All-Star break, blowing two leads in 4-3 loss to Colorado

    Whether it's the Christmas break or the All-Star break, the final game before any stoppage in the schedule has proved to be deeply problematic for the Kings.That shortcoming was on full display on Wednesday night as the Kings managed to squander a two-goal lead, regained the lead and lost it with...

  • Drew Doughty fills leadership role with Kings

    Drew Doughty fills leadership role with Kings

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has a Norris Trophy resume without actually having won the award as the NHL's top defenseman. But this season, the Kings wanted even more from Doughty, apart from his on-ice contributions. They needed someone to help fill the leadership void caused by the departures...

  • Trade that brought Vinny Lecavalier has been a boon for the Los Angeles Kings

    Trade that brought Vinny Lecavalier has been a boon for the Los Angeles Kings

    There were many reasons to be skeptical when the Kings acquired 35-year-old center Vinny Lecavalier from the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 6, along with defenseman Luke Schenn. Lecavalier hadn't played much for Philadelphia and hadn't played at all since Nov. 12. How much could he help a team that...

  • Kings rally to beat the Sharks, 3-2, in OT as Lecavalier and Gaborik come through

    Kings rally to beat the Sharks, 3-2, in OT as Lecavalier and Gaborik come through

    It was shaping up as a lost weekend for the Kings, down a goal with seconds remaining in Sunday's game against their nearest pursuers in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks. But then the Kings conjured up a little bit of 11th-hour magic, Vinny Lecavalier tying the score with 12.2 seconds...

  • Kings fall to Coyotes, 3-2, for second loss in a row

    Kings fall to Coyotes, 3-2, for second loss in a row

    It simply wouldn't be a Kings-Coyotes game without an element of weirdness or controversy. How about both? Saturday featured that and more as the Kings lost for the second time in three days. Arizona beat the Kings, 3-2, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena for its third victory against the Kings...

  • Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

    Kings and Ducks are among those pleased with the NHL's new three-on-three overtime format

    Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, said during league meetings in June that he thought a three-on-three overtime format could be more entertaining than the fan-friendly, crowd-pleasing shootout. NHL management, coaches and players have had more than half a season to evaluate...

  • Kings' Darryl Sutter pushing Marian Gaborik for more offense

    Kings' Darryl Sutter pushing Marian Gaborik for more offense

    Goals have been hard to come by for the Kings of late. But no one is struggling more than forward Marian Gaborik, the goal-scoring hero of their 2014 playoff run. Gaborik has lost his spot on the top line to forward Tyler Toffoli and even when Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was juggling his lines at...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild

    Here are a few more takeaways after the Kings were held scoreless for the third time this season. The other two times were in the third game of the season, against Vancouver on Oct. 13, and at Toronto on Dec. 19. Upcoming divisional games looming large With the Kings’ loss and the Sharks’ victory...

  • Offense stalls as Kings lose to Wild, 3-0

    Offense stalls as Kings lose to Wild, 3-0

    They are trending in the wrong direction. The Kings have gone from scoring four goals in a game against Detroit 10 days ago to scoring three goals in each of their last three games … all the way to zero. There are going to be power outages during a long-and-winding NHL season — particularly in...

  • Kings will see a familiar face when Wild's Jarret Stoll comes to Staples Center on Thursday

    Kings will see a familiar face when Wild's Jarret Stoll comes to Staples Center on Thursday

    The Kings have grown accustomed to seeing a beloved former player from their Stanley Cup runs return — Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi come to mind. But center Jarret Stoll was part of the team's leadership core, its emotional fabric. Seeing Stoll in a Minnesota Wild uniform on Thursday night at...

  • Kings stay hot with 3-2 win over the Stars as Milan Lucic scores winning goal

    Kings stay hot with 3-2 win over the Stars as Milan Lucic scores winning goal

    You've got to hand it to Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. The ultimate contrarian. The Kings were coming off their eighth win in their last 11 games — including a tightly contested one against the rival Ducks — and Sutter decided to make a few changes. It would be simplistic to say they worked and directly...

  • The Dallas Stars have lost momentum heading into their game against the Kings

    The Dallas Stars have lost momentum heading into their game against the Kings

    After leading the Central Division and the Western Conference for much of this season, the Dallas Stars have a new and less pleasant vantage point. On Dec. 28, Dallas led the division with a 27-7-3 record and 57 points, and the Chicago Blackhawks were a seemingly distant fourth at 20-13-4 for 44...

  • What we learned in the NHL: Mike Richards is off to a good start with Capitals

    What we learned in the NHL: Mike Richards is off to a good start with Capitals

    What we learned from the past week in the NHL: •Mike Richards' return to the NHL has had a good start. Richards, who signed with the Washington Capitals after the Kings voided his contract and he became a free agent, played 13 minutes and one second Saturday as a fourth-line center in a 4-1 loss...

  • Up next for the Los Angeles Kings: Tuesday vs. Dallas

    Up next for the Los Angeles Kings: Tuesday vs. Dallas

    Kings next up VS. DALLAS When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790. Update: January has not been kind to the Stars. Dallas led the Central Division by 10 points on Jan. 2. Now? The Stars have dropped to second in the Central Division, three points behind the surging Chicago Blackhawks....

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar has proved to be a valuable asset

    Kings' Anze Kopitar has proved to be a valuable asset

    A day after becoming the Kings' first $10-million man, Anze Kopitar packed his own socks in his equipment bag following the team's 3-2 victory over the Ducks at Honda Center. No valets, egos, or pretensions for hockey players. And for Kopitar, who signed an eight-year, $80-million contract extension...

  • Kings hold off Ducks, 3-2, in a physical matchup

    Kings hold off Ducks, 3-2, in a physical matchup

    It was as if the Kings and Ducks were trying to make up for three months of missed time in one game. Bodies bounced off each other. Punches were thrown. A controversial no-goal call was upheld in a third period that seemingly had more "oohs" and "aahs" in Honda Center than any game this season....

  • What we learned from the Kings' 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators

    What we learned from the Kings' 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators

    Here are a few more things to take away from the Kings' 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators before taking the ice against their Southern California rivals, the Ducks, Sunday night in Anaheim. It will be their first game against the Ducks this season. Baby, you’re a rich man OK, so Anze Kopitar’s contract...

  • Ducks vs. Kings: Sunday night at Honda Center

    Ducks vs. Kings: Sunday night at Honda Center

    When: Sunday, 6 p.m. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime, FS West; Radio: 830. Update: A scheduling quirk makes this the first game of the season between the teams, who will play each other four times in seven weeks. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau has kept tabs on the Kings and, asked for his...

  • Patrick Kane and Drew Doughty are among the top producers at NHL's halfway point

    Patrick Kane and Drew Doughty are among the top producers at NHL's halfway point

    Three-on-three overtime was a hit, scoring continued to decline (to 5.21 goals per game), the Florida Panthers clawed their way atop the Atlantic Division, and the Kings built a sizable lead in the Pacific Division as the NHL reached the halfway point Saturday. The Dallas Stars, who missed the...

  • What a difference a year makes for the Kings

    What a difference a year makes for the Kings

    After 41 games last season, the Kings were in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 47 points and trailed the first-place Ducks by 11 points. They had won five times on the road in 19 opportunities and as reigning Stanley Cup champions weren't displaying much of an emotional range. Halfway...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues

    What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues

    A few more takeaways after the Kings suffered a rare home loss to the Blues, in fact, their first regular-season defeat to St. Louis at Staples Center since 2011. Darryl Sutter’s range of emotions on display Kings Coach Darryl Sutter unleashed a rare tirade from the bench at the officials about...

  • Kings can't breach Brian Elliott's fine Blue line in shootout loss to St. Louis

    Kings can't breach Brian Elliott's fine Blue line in shootout loss to St. Louis

    The game was proceeding practically at a glacial pace, one of those less-than-memorable contests you expect to see in early January. Until the 7-minute 59-second mark in the third period. Then a tame game suddenly turned controversial. It started when the Blues' Magnus Paajarvi was knocked off...

  • Thoughts of the Stanley Cup come to Vinny Lecavalier after trade to Kings

    Thoughts of the Stanley Cup come to Vinny Lecavalier after trade to Kings

    There can be the slightest of twinges when one of your best friends and former comrade-in-arms wins another Stanley Cup. One of the newest Kings, center Vinny Lecavalier, put it charmingly when talking Friday about Brad Richards reaching the top of the mountain again, in June when the Chicago Blackhawks...

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