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Anze Kopitar’s Two-Way Play Has Been Key To LA Kings’ Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings beginning a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight (5:00 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California), and with the news that goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the trip, and is practicing with the team, it appears that he is now within a week or two of returning to the lineup.

When he went down with a grade 2 groin strain—a partial tear—on November 12 at Buffalo, a collective groan could be heard rumbling through Kings Nation. Many expected that the team would struggle to keep their heads above water without their star netminder. Some even thought the Kings would plummet in the standings.

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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears on Montreal Hockey Talk

Prior to the Los Angeles Kings’ decisive 6-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal on December 10, I appeared on Montreal Hockey Talk’s pre-game show to talk about the Kings and the upcoming tilt with the Habs.

Thank you to Rob Elbaz (@RobElbaz on Twitter), Steven Hindle (@StevenHindle) and Kosta Papoulias (@HabsCoachK) for inviting me to be a guest on their show.

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LA Kings Goalie Coach Bill Ranford Provides Specifics On Ben Scrivens’ Recent Play

LA Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens,
shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the Los Angeles Kings lost superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick to a grade two groin strain (a partial tear) at Buffalo on November 12, they have not missed a beat, earning an 8-1-4 record since that game.

The Kings have gotten outstanding goaltending from backup goalie Ben Scrivens, and now, from Martin Jones, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on November 13. But improved team play, especially in the defensive zone, has played as much of a role in their success since Quick went down as anything else, including the play of their netminders.

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Was LA Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter Messin’ With The Media?

INJURY UPDATE/VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Story also includes updates on the injury status of Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis, along with video interviews with Greene, Lewis, Martin Jones, Ben Scrivens, Darryl Sutter, and a fascinating, don’t miss interview with goaltending coach Bill Ranford.


LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones,
shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Goalie Gate, as one member of the local media has dubbed it, took a another twist after the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up their practice on December 8.

To review, goaltender Ben Scrivens led the team onto the ice for warm-ups, and because tradition dictates that the starting goaltender lead the team onto the ice, that “confirmed” that he would start against the New York Islanders at Staples Center on December 7.

But rookie Martin Jones got the call instead, starting his second consecutive game—the first two games of his National Hockey League career—earning a 3-0 shutout victory.

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