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LA Kings On Their Current Road Trip: “This Is A Perfect Opportunity For Us”

“We’re going to need to put some segments together, some streaks
to get some points to secure a playoff spot.”
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are in Buffalo where they begin a five-game road swing tonight (4:30 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California, and on NBCSN nationally), a trip they believe is one where they need to start putting together some wins.

But the first game of this trip could be a trap game. Indeed, the Buffalo Sabres are last in the Eastern Division, 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and 28th in the 30-team National Hockey League.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick Becomes LA Kings’ All-Time Shutout Leader In 2-0 Win Over Buffalo

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored power play goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on October 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With the shutout, the 33rd of his National Hockey League career, Quick passed former Kings legend Rogie Vachon to become the team’s all-time shutouts leader.

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LA Kings: Muzzin To Make 2014-15 Season Debut vs. Buffalo; So Far, So Good For McNabb

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 PM PDT, Staples Center), the Los Angeles Kings got some much-needed good news, that defenseman Jake Muzzin had been cleared to play by doctors after being examined on October 21.

Muzzin, who has not played yet this season, was suffering from an upper body injury.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “I’m good to go. I got cleared, and I’m excited for tomorrow night. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s good to go.”

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LA Kings Are Banking On Brayden McNabb Being A Ready For Prime Time Player In 2014-15

LA KINGS PROSPECT WATCH: Throughout the summer, Frozen Royalty will be taking a look at several of the Los Angeles Kings’ young prospects. In this installment, the focus is on defenseman Brayden McNabb, who was acquired last March at the trade deadline. Audio interviews with McNabb and Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake are also included.


LA Kings defenseman prospect Brayden McNabb.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings had barely begun their summer-long celebration after winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship when it was learned that veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell would not be re-signed because the Kings would not be able to fit him in under the salary cap.

While Mitchell was moving across the country to Florida, the Kings signed veteran defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year contract extension on June 24, 2014. They also signed Jeff Schultz to a two-year deal on June 30—their top six defenseman positions would appear to be set.

But wait…there’s more.

Down on the farm, a little over 3,000 miles away, defenseman prospect Brayden McNabb was playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League after the Kings acquired him on March 5, 2014, along with a second round pick, in the 2014 and 2015 National Hockey League Drafts, from the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for left wing/defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers and right wing prospect Hudson Fasching.

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