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Frozen Royalty Video: Clifford Strikes Twice, Toffoli Debuts In LA Kings’ 5-2 Win Over San Jose

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Features exclusive video of post-game interviews—footage that KingsVision did not get—with Jonathan Bernier and Tyler Toffoli.


LOS ANGELES — Kyle Clifford scored two goals, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and tallied an assist, Trevor Lewis contributed two assists, and Jonathan Bernier made twenty saves, including one on a penalty shot, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a decisive 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 16.

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LA Kings’ Improvements May Not Be Easy To See

LOS ANGELES — One month of the 2008-09 National Hockey League season is in the books and the Los Angeles Kings have been pretty much what was expected in terms of wins and losses.

As of this writing, the Kings have a 3-6-1 record, good for seven points. They are ranked last in the Pacific Division, already eleven points out of first place, and in the Western Conference standings, the Kings are also dead last—both are right where they were last season.

Against the rest of the league, the Kings are ranked 28th in the thirty-team NHL, just two points ahead of the last place New York Islanders.

The Kings ended the 2007-08 season in 29th place, tied in points with last-place Tampa Bay.

In short, the Kings are right about where most people expected them to be, showing no significant improvement in the standings over the previous season so far. But if you think the Kings have not improved over last season, guess again. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Change Is In The Air

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have undergone quite a bit of change in recent weeks.

First, and perhaps most notable, the Kings were hockey’s version of a roller coaster—you never knew if they were going to be world beaters or your worst hockey-related nightmare, something that has happened so often that they found themselves way, way out of playoff contention in early December and are still in last place in the National Hockey League standings.

The upside about a last place finish is that they are in the lead for the first pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft where center Steven Stamkos is being touted as the top prize.

To be sure, a sure-fire prospect like Stamkos, who pundits say is destined to be a big-time NHL player, would be a big, big help for the rebuilding Kings. But right now, all that is on the back burner. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Playoff Contention Slipping Away

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are, for all intents and purposes, out of playoff contention.

After winning just eight games between November 1 and December 31, the Kings now find themselves deep in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference cellar, fifteen points behind eighth-place Anaheim with forty games left in the regular season.

Last year, it took 96 points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, and since the 2001-02 season, a team has had to earn a minimum of 91 points in the standings to qualify for the post-season.

With just thirty points after 42 games, the Kings need 61 points to reach the 91-point plateau. That means they would need to win three out of every four games the rest of the way, and even though they accomplished just that over the last week, realistically speaking, winning three out of every four games is an insurmountable task for the young Kings. Read more of this post

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