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Los Angeles Kings’ Brad Richardson Is Trying To Make The Most Of His Opportunity

Los Angeles Kings forward Brad Richardson
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser entered the dressing room after the team’s morning skate prior to their April 2 game against the Edmonton Oilers (Staples Center, 7:30 PM PDT), only to find his locker stall partially blocked by a throng of media talking to forward Brad Richardson, whose locker is right next to Fraser’s at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the team’s practice facility.

“You score two goals, and everyone wants to talk to you,” Fraser bellowed, in jest.

That’s right. Richardson, who had not played since March 9 at Detroit, and has been a healthy scratch for 14 out of 19 games since February 22, scored twice to lead the Kings in a 4-3 shootout loss at Minnesota on March 31, giving him five goals and two assists for seven points in 56 games this season. Read more of this post

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Jeff Carter Isn’t The Only Big Factor In Los Angeles Kings’ Recent Surge

Rookie right wing Jordan Nolan (left), a lowly seventh round draft pick in
2009, has been quite the surprise for the Los Angeles Kings.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After the first couple of months of the 2011-12 season, if anyone told you that they expected the Los Angeles Kings to be in first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference this close to the end of the regular season, they probably would have poked your eye out with their rapidly growing nose.

But now, with just eight games left in the regular season, those liars would be prophets, as the Kings are, in fact, on top of the Pacific Division, and in third place in the West after winning their last six games, and earning a 10-3-0 record over their last 13 games. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Need Early-Season Version Of Mike Richards To Return

Center Mike Richards has struggled since returning from a concussion on December 22, 2011. The Los Angeles Kings desperately need him to regain his early-season form.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With an assist on Dustin Penner’s goal at 17:46 of the second period, giving the Los Angeles Kings their final margin of victory in a 3-1 win at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, center Mike Richards ended an eight-game point scoring drought.

Richards’ performance in this game may have been his best since returning to the lineup after missing eight games due to a concussion that he suffered on December 1, 2011, when the Kings handed the visiting Florida Panthers a 2-1 defeat.

But since returning on December 22 (a 3-2 shootout win against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center in Los Angeles), Richards has been a mere shell of his former self. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Smarter, Better, More Disciplined Play Needed From Ethan Moreau

Los Angeles Kings veteran left wing Ethan Moreau has been
noticeable for all the wrong reasons lately.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings signed rugged, checking winger Ethan Moreau to a one-year, unrestricted free agent contract on August 20, 2011, the expectation was that he would bring energy, physical play, solid forechecking and strong defensive play to the Kings’ third and fourth lines.

The 36-year-old, 6-3, 223-pound native of Huntsville, Ontario, a former captain of the Edmonton Oilers, also brings veteran leadership, and years of National Hockey League experience.

But so far this season, Moreau has played well in spurts, but has not given the Kings anywhere near enough of what is needed or expected.

“His role is basically to be that fourth line left winger—grit, size, experience, and to give us that harder game, and that’s been there…in and out,” said head coach Terry Murray. “But there’s been times that it’s been very good, and I think, in the last couple of games, I’ve seen more of it [from him while playing with right wing Kevin] Westgarth and [center Colin] Fraser, and that’s stuff that we need.” Read more of this post

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