What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers, March 22, 2015

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

LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Kings hit the road on a five-game road trip that will be critical to their playoff hopes, it’s time, once again, to take a closer look at what they will need to do the rest of the way in order to secure a playoff berth.

The last two times Frozen Royalty has done the math to project the point total the Kings would need in order to qualify for post-season play (January 28 and March 9), 97 points was the result of all that number-crunching.

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One Of The Most Lopsided Trades In NHL History Involved The LA Kings And Larry Murphy

LA KINGS HISTORY: Selecting defenseman Larry Murphy in the first round on the 1980 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a momentous occasion for the Los Angeles Kings. After all, they had a long history of trading away their first round picks and drafting poorly. But Murphy went on to become a star in the NHL, and a four-time Stanley Cup winner. The only problem, from a Kings perspective, was that, like so many others, Murphy went elsewhere to do it.

In the final installment of this series, Frozen Royalty spoke to Murphy about his time with the Kings, the friction with the coaching staff that started his problems with the team, and why he had to leave, a story that probably isn’t what you might expect.


Former LA Kings star defenseman Larry Murphy, shown here during the Kings Fantasy Camp on March 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Defenseman Larry Murphy burst onto the scene with the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980-81 season, making a huge, immediate impact, scoring 16 goals and adding 60 assists for 76 points in 80 games in his rookie season—he finished second in the Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year) to the legendary Peter Stastny that season.

Murphy scored 22 goals and tallied 44 assists for 66 points in the 1981-82 season, followed by 14 goals and 48 assists for 62 points in the 1982-83 season.

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Hall Of Famer Larry Murphy: The LA Kings’ First Offensive Defenseman

LA KINGS HISTORY: Defenseman Larry Murphy won four Stanley Cup Championships, two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and two with the Detroit Red Wings, in a 21-year National Hockey League career that culminated in his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. But fewer and fewer people remember that Murphy began his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1980. In the first installment of a series based on exclusive interviews, Frozen Royalty looks back at Murphy’s time with the Kings.


Former LA Kings star defenseman Larry Murphy, shown here during the Kings Fantasy Camp on March 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Many may know Larry Murphy from his work on Detroit Red Wings broadcasts before he left Fox Sports Detroit a couple of years ago, or maybe you saw him as an analyst in spot duty on the NHL Network.

Older hockey fans might remember Murphy as a player, most recently with the Red Wings. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals.

Many Kings fans are likely to be unfamiliar with Murphy since he spent the vast majority of his career playing for teams based in the Eastern time zone. But Murphy started his National Hockey League career with the Los Angeles Kings, who selected him in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

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Sutter Downplays LA Kings Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Scoring First NHL Goal

VIDEO: Watch video of Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter’s media interview after practice on March 17, when he talked about goaltender Jonathan Quick’s workload, and whether or not Quick is an elite goaltender.


LA Kings forward Andy Andreoff shows off the puck used when he scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2015, during a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When a player scores his first National Hockey League goal, excitement extends from the ice to the players bench, into the stands, and even up to the press box, where the media are all abuzz, knowing how special a milestone this is for any player, and that it usually makes for a good story.

This was exactly the case on March 16, when forward Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On the play, winger Jordan Nolan fought off a check in the left corner. Gaining separation from his man, he spun, and passed across the low slot to Andreoff, who was parked below the right circle for a tap-in goal.

“I saw Nolan win a battle in the corner there, and he’s a good playmaker, so I knew he’d either put it in, or give it to me, and he gave it to me for a back door tap-in,” said Andreoff. “Nolan made a great play to me for a tap-in. I was happy that our line played well tonight.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Anze Kopitar Talks About New Baby, Fatherhood

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings family got a bit larger during the wee hours of the morning on March 14, 2015, when center Anze Kopitar and his wife, Ines, welcomed their first child into the world.

Ines Kopitar gave birth to their daughter, Neza (7-pounds, 2-ounces; pronounced NAY-zah), at 12:38 AM. Anze told reporters that baby and mother are doing just fine.

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