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Defense Is The Catalyst For The Los Angeles Kings

ALSO: Something important that you might not know about Marian Gaborik, praise for Alec Martinez, and video not available anywhere else of post-practice interviews on December 19, 2014, with Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Justin Williams, defenseman Jake Muzzin, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — A common refrain heard among those who follow the Los Angeles Kings is that scoring is down and their top players are not producing as they should.

Although they are not clicking at the 3.38 goals per game rate they achieved during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (top team in the playoffs), the Kings are not exactly terrible either, scoring an average of 2.70 goals per game, ranked 16th in the National Hockey League this season—right in the middle of the pack.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Gaborik, Kopitar, Sutter Interviews After LA Kings Comeback To Beat St. Louis, 6-4

LOS ANGELES — On a night when the Los Angeles Kings were looking forward to facing their opponent considerably more than usual, it looked like they were going to fall flat on their faces.

Indeed, after a third period blitz led the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Kings on December 16 in St. Louis, the Blues jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period—they had scored seven unanswered goals since the game in St. Louis. and were well on their way to an easy win.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews with Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, December 17, 2014

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 17, one day after a disastrous 5-2 loss at St. Louis, the final game of a dreadful five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

With their top players struggling, except for winger Marian Gaborik, who appears to be heating up, one might expect the Kings to be focused on their offense. But that was not the case at all.

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Dedication And Work Ethic Are Pushing LA Kings Prospect Maxim Kitsyn’s Development Forward

AUDIO: Story includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn and Ontario Reign head coach Jason Christie.


LA Kings forward prospect Maxim Kitsyn, shown here
during the Kings’ 2014 training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ONTARIO, CA — Back in 2010, when the National Hockey League Entry Draft was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi was in a gambling mood.

For the Kings, that draft was highlighted by their selection of right wing Tyler Toffoli in the second round (47th overall).

Toffoli, now a Stanley Cup Champion, made it to the Kings to stay last season. But the Kings selected four other players in the 2010 draft, including defenseman Derek Forbort, who was their first round selection (15th overall), center Jordan Weal (third round, 70th overall), and defenseman Kevin Gravel (fifth round, 148th overall).

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