For The Los Angeles Kings, Black Friday Has A Totally Different Meaning

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Terry Murray was hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on July 17, 2008, his highest priority was to teach his young team how to play defense, something that seemed like a foreign concept to the Kings in the seasons just prior to his arrival.

Two years later, Murray’s mostly young charges had improved their defensive zone play in dramatic fashion by emphasizing coverage of the “home plate” area in front of their own net. That new focus, along with improved goaltending, resulted in a dramatically reduced number of shots against, far fewer quality scoring chances by opponents and, as a result, a lot less pucks ending up in their net.

That focus was on point to start the 2010-11 season, one that saw the Kings jump out to a 12-3-0 start. But their defensive focus went by the wayside in mid-November, and the Kings have been in a deep slump ever since, losing five of their last six games while allowing one glorious scoring chance after another and giving up goals in bunches. Read more of this post

LA Kings Place Ponikarovsky On Injured Reserve, Recall Dwight King And More

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On November 16, the Los Angeles Kings placed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky on injured reserve, retroactive to November 7. They also recalled forward Dwight King from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Read more of this post

LA Kings Getting Solid Production From Second Line In Early Going

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As they have struggled on the power play, scoring just one goal in 16 times shorthanded through the first four games of their 2010-11 National Hockey League season, and with star center Anze Kopitar off to a slow start with just three assists in the four games, the Los Angeles Kings have had to find offense from a somewhat unexpected source. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Use Balanced Scoring To Beat Vancouver, 4-1

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams scored a goal each, and Ryan Smyth contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on October 15.

The Kings opened the scoring when Stoll scored off a deflection at 2:48 of the first period. But the Kings sat back and let the Canucks come at them, one wave after another, for the rest of the period and to start the second period. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Swept By Phoenix Coyotes In Pre-Season Split-Squad Games

LOS ANGELES — Mikkel Boedker, Brett Maclean and Eric Belanger scored goals and Al Montoya made 19 saves to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in split-squad, pre-season action at Staples Center on September 23. Read more of this post

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