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LA Kings: Fraser On The Mend, Back On The Ice, While Greene Works To Get Up To Speed

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After being placed on injured reserve, retroactive to December 11, due to an apparent concussion suffered in Toronto, it was a bit of a surprise to see center Colin Fraser back on the ice, skating with his teammates during practice on December 16.

“It was nice [to be back on the ice for practice],” said Fraser. “It hasn’t been that many days, but it’s long enough. I was feeling pretty good.”

“It didn’t look good on the ice, but for whatever reason, even the next night, and the next day, I felt no symptoms, really,” added Fraser. “But the [concussion] protocol and the safety, which is, obviously, a good thing—I’m not complaining. It just takes a little bit longer.”

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Los Angeles Kings: Too Early To Panic Despite Slow Start

ALSO: Will Alec Martinez return to the lineup tonight against Ottawa? Willie Mitchell talks about complacency, and video interviews with Colin Fraser, Trevor Lewis, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — After a 1-2-0 start to the still very young 2013-14 National Hockey League season, a quick spin through the World Wide Web forums where the Los Angeles Kings faithful congregate indicates that while many are not concerned with the team’s poor start, a significant number are already in panic mode.

Indeed, some fans are already pointing fingers, and railing against the performance of various players. Some have singled out goaltender Jonathan Quick. Even head coach Darryl Sutter has been under the microscope—some have commented that they believe he has lost control of his team, and has been tuned out by the players.

One word can be used to address such beliefs…

Really?

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2013 Western Conference Final: LA Kings Use Off Day To Go Back To Square One

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Down 2-0 in the 2013 Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings are not in a do-or-die situation.

Indeed, they are not facing elimination. That said, they know that they cannot afford to go down in the series, 3-0, not against a healthy Blackhawks team that is now firing on all cylinders, and is getting contributions from all parts of their lineup—highly reminiscent of the Kings team that won the Stanley Cup last season.

“We [were] here, what, three weeks ago,” asked right wing Justin Williams, referring to his team coming back from a 2-0 series deficit in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues. “Obviously, it’s four wins or go home, so it’s not do-or-die tomorrow, but it is.”

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Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Fazed By Game 7 Mystique

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve of Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings were very much aware of the potentially final nature of tonight’s game at Staples Center in Los Angeles (6:00 PM PDT, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS).

“This is it,” said center Anze Kopitar. “Either you live on, or you’re done with the season. I think everybody is going to take responsibility, and obviously, I’m certainly one of them. I’m going to try and pull the team behind me.”

“We want to make sure we leave everything out there, and give ourselves the best chance to win,” added Kopitar. “We’re a confident group. We know we can get it done. We’ve done it a bunch of times already. Now it’s just a matter of going out and performing to our standards.”

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