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LA Kings: Inconsistent Play Stopping Forecheck Before It Can Get Started

ALSO: Update on Dustin Brown adjusting to having to wear a knee brace; Defenseman Alec Martinez could become left wing Alec Martinez; Anze Kopitar makes a young man’s wish come true, and; in an audio interview, Willie Mitchell discusses hitting and fighting in the National Hockey League.


Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (left), with 18-year-old Tyler Fithian, a leukemia patient whose wish to skate with Kopitar was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, on October 23.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7:30 PM PDT; televised locally on Fox Sports West), the Los Angeles Kings are a disappointing 6-4-0 to start the season, good for twelve points. That ranks them a lowly fifth in the seven-team Pacific Division, and seventh in the Western Conference.

Although it is way too early in the season to be overly concerned, to this point in the season, inconsistent play has been a rather glaring issue for the Kings, and it has shown up mostly in their inability to generate a forecheck with any semblance of regularity, as was evident in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 21.

Indeed, even though the Kings took too many penalties and gave up three power play goals, their problems extended beyond their poor penalty-killing that night.

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LA Kings D-man Robyn Regehr Hopes To “Brush The Rust Off,” Get Up To Speed Quickly

LA Kings’ newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr (left) spent a lot of time talking with assistant coach John Stevens (right)during an optional skate on April 3, 2013,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although it was just an optional skate for the Los Angeles Kings, newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr was on the ice, and he spent a lot of time just talking with assistant coach John Stevens, trying to get the lay of the land.

Regehr, 32, was acquired by the Kings on April 1, in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who will receive two second round picks in the National Hockey League Draft from the Kings, one in 2014 and another in 2015.

In his first chance to meet the local media, the 6-3, 225-pound Canadian (born in Recife, Brazil) talked about his whirlwind past couple of days.

“Buffalo flew to Pittsburgh, that would’ve been April 1,” Regehr explained. “That night, we went out for dinner, and I was hearing from my agent (J.P. Barry) that something might be happening. He mentioned Los Angeles, and there were a couple of other teams we heard rumors about. But he then said it was Los Angeles. We talked a little bit about it, and the fit. I was asked to waive [his no movement clause] after dinner.”

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LA Kings Move To Shore Up Blue Line With Trade For Robyn Regehr From Buffalo – Analysis

The Buffalo Sabres have sent defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings in
a trade on April 1, contingent upon Regher passing a medical examination.
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — In a two-days-before-the-trade-deadline deal, the Los Angeles Kings moved to shore up their blue line corps, which has been missing stalwart, stay-at-home defensemen Willie Mitchell all season, and Matt Greene for all but one game, by acquiring veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres.

In exchange, the Sabres will receive two second round picks in the National Hockey League Draft, one in 2014 and another in 2015. The trade is contingent upon Regehr passing a medical examination.

The Kings also announced that left wing Dustin Penner has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to March 31, due to a lower body injury, a move that opens a roster spot for Regehr, for the time being.

Regehr, 32, has tallied two assists with 21 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 29 games with the Sabres this season. His best season, in terms of offensive numbers, was in 2005-06 with the Calgary Flames, when he scored six goals and added twenty assists for 26 points in 68 regular season games.

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2011-12 Year-In Review: Coaching Change, Three Rookies, Big Trade Help LA Kings Reach For The Stars

2011-12 YEAR-IN-REVIEW: The Los Angeles Kings were struggling mightily, even after Darryl Sutter took over as head coach just before Christmas. Although things improved marginally, it took the recall of three rookies from the minor leagues, and a big trade, to allow the Kings to play the brand of hockey that would allow them to reach for the stars.


Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter (left), shown here with
center Anze Kopitar (center) and forward Jeff Carter (right)
during a practice session on May 9, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — After starting the 2011-12 season with sky high expectations, the Los Angeles Kings were in disarray. They were not anywhere near as successful as they should have been heading into the holiday season, just barely keeping their heads above water with a 13-12-4 mark on December 10, 2011, 29 games into the season.

Although they were not that far off the division lead, or even from first place in the Western Conference yet, that record left the Kings much closer to the cellar of both Read more of this post

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