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LA Kings: Lewis Stepping Up, Muzzin Seeks Consistency, Sutter Issues Another Challenge – VIDEO

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (foreground), shown
here during practice on February 22, 2013, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: Kasey Spatz/SpatzShots

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Outside of the first and second periods in Chicago on February 17, the Los Angeles Kings have started to put things together after a rough start to the abbreviated 2013 season.

Prior to February 10, the Kings were struggling badly, earning just a 3-4-2 record after nine games. But after that, they are 4-2-0, with a loss at Detroit, a game in which they arguably played their best hockey this season, and the aforementioned loss at Chicago, in which the Kings were missing in action until the third period, but almost came all the way back from a 3-0 deficit.

Head coach Darryl Sutter pointed out that his team’s progress has been a bit slow.

“I knew, coming [into the season], that opening [day, a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on January 19] wasn’t going to be about the game,” said Sutter. “It was going to be about the ceremony, and that held true. Then, we went to Colorado, and played pretty well, but made a couple of mistakes in the third period. That set the [tone] for where we are.”

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After A Scary Injury, Alec Martinez Is Ready To Go For LA Kings – News, Audio Interviews From January 9 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: A few more of the Los Angeles Kings showed up at their informal skates at their practice facility on January 9, including Colin Fraser, Mike Richards, and Alec Martinez. Read on for the details, and listen to the raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has just a small
scar as a reminder of a nasty injury after taking
a puck to the face while playing in the Finnish
Elite League during the NHL lockout.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings continue to trickle back into the Los Angeles area after the National Hockey League lockout, the number of players who are participating in daily informal skates at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the team’s practice facility, is on the rise.

On January 8, forwards Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, and Jarret Stoll, defensemen Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, and Rob Scuderi, and goaltender Jonathan Quick were on the ice. Today, Richardson was absent, but the rest were joined by centers Colin Fraser and Mike Richards, right wing Justin Williams (who participated in the skate on January 7, but skipped Tuesday’s skate) and defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez certainly had quite the journey during the lockout.

“I’ve been a bit of a suitcase during this lockout,” he said. “I spent extended time here in L.A. I was in Finland for awhile, and got hurt there.” Read more of this post

Jonathan Quick Cleared To Play – Photo Gallery, Audio Interviews From LA Kings January 8 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick said he has been cleared to return to action, and he talked about the back injury he suffered in the final weeks of the 2011-12 regular season, the surgery he had to correct the problem, and his recovery. Also includes audio interviews and a photo gallery from the January 8 informal skate.


LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stretches out to make a glove save
during an informal skate at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California on January 8, 2013.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the National Hockey League lockout finally begins to fizzle out, with ratification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by NHL owners and players expected to be completed sometime this weekend, players throughout the league are making their way back to their teams, and are getting out on the ice as quickly as possible, even though, technically, the lockout continues.

On January 8, at the Toyota Sports Center, the Los Angeles Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo, California, a large handful of players Read more of this post

Tickets Still Available For NHLPA Charity Hockey Game Benefitting LA Jr. Kings and Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Tickets are still available, but are going fast, for the National Hockey League Players Association Charity Hockey Game and Auction on Friday, November 9, 2012, benefitting the LA Jr. Kings (PW AAA 2000, and the Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation, played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Autographed merchandise will be auctioned, including pucks, sticks, and game-worn jerseys. You can also bid on a chance to coach one of the teams.

“The Twin Peaks Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting breast cancer education, early detection and research,” the foundation stated in a press release. “Breast cancer affects more than just those diagnosed; it affects spouses, children, family members and friends.”

“Proceeds will also help the Jr. Kings Pee Wee AAA1 team travel to the 53rd Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament Read more of this post

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