Time For LA Kings To Press The Reset Button

Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings practice at home, once their practice session ends, players trickle off the ice—Jeff Carter is usually the first—one here, two there, maybe three at a time.

But on February 5, after a lengthy practice session that lasted over an hour, those present at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California witnessed a very rare sight: all but five or six players streamed off the ice at once, heading into the dressing room.

The unusually rigorous skate was not punitive, even though the Kings dropped a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center in Los Angeles the night before.

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LA Kings Looking For Improvement, Consistency After All-Star Break

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the National Hockey League’s All-Star break behind us, there is a bit of concern about the Los Angeles Kings as they enter February, a month in which they will play nine out 13 games on the road, including their annual Grammy road trip, a grueling seven-game road swing this time around.

Indeed, the team that led the Pacific Division by twelve points not so long ago has seen their lead drop to seven at the All-Star break.

The Kings’ lead over their division rivals has shrunk as they’ve sputtered in recent games—they have lost three out of their last five, and ended January winning just four of their last nine games.

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Beyond LA Kings’ Wildest Dreams: Vincent Lecavalier

LA Kings center Vincent Lecavalier
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EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — After signing with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2013-14 season, superstar center Vincent Lecavalier played in just 133 regular season games and was out of the Flyers’ plans this season, playing in just seven games.

For a player who scored 411 goals and contributed 511 assists for 932 points in 1,170 regular season games in the National Hockey League, and won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04, being relegated to the press box was very disappointing.

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Off-Season Work Is Producing Big-Time Results For LA Kings D Drew Doughty

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) receives instruction from associate head coach John Stevens (left).
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty enjoyed his best year, in terms of goals, assists and points, in 2009-10, his second National Hockey League season, when he scored 16 goals and contributed 43 assists for 59 points, with a +20 plus/minus rating and 54 penalty minutes.

This season, the All-Star defenseman has played in 48 games, scoring nine goals and adding 18 assists for 27 points, with a +15 plus/minus rating and 36 penalty minutes.

Those numbers put Doughty on pace to score 15 goals and tally 31 assists for 46 points this season, matching his point total last season. But even though he had better offensive numbers back in 2009-10, if he continues on pace, 2015-16 could turn out to be the finest regular season offensive performance of his career, to date.

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Luke Schenn Is Having The Desired Impact On LA Kings Defensive Corps

Newly-acquired LA Kings defenseman Luke Schenn spoke with
the local media for the first time on January 7, 2016.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn have only been in town for twelve days after being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Kings are already reaping the benefits of the deal.

As I reported previously on Today’s Slapshot, Lecavalier has given the Kings all that they’ve asked for, and to top it off, he has scored a goal in each of the last two games.

On the other side of the red line, Schenn has also made an impact for the Kings, despite his -2 plus/minus rating in those five games.

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