Speed, Consistency and Trust Comes From LA Kings’ Balance Throughout Lineup

Newly-acquired forward Jeff Carter’s presence has
had a positive, cascading effect throughout the
Los Angeles Kings’ lineup.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — For a rather fleeting couple of days, the Los Angeles Kings got to enjoy the view from above, looking down from first place in the Pacific Division, and third place in the Western Conference, at several teams below them in the standings, all vying for the handful of playoff spots still up for grabs.

But after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins on March 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Kings’ six-game winning streak came to a grinding halt. Even worse, they fell from third in the West all the way down to eighth.

For the Kings, the good news is that they are just one point behind both the Dallas Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes for the division lead. But the bad news is that they are tied in points with ninth-place San Jose, and tenth place Colorado. Read more of this post

Rookie Left Wing Dwight King Has Been Quite The Surprise For Los Angeles Kings

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Left wing prospect Dwight King, who turned heads for all the wrong reasons during a brief stint with the Los Angeles Kings last season, is doing so once again this season, but with dramatically different results.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King is turning
heads with some surprisingly solid play.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Left wing prospect Dwight King was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on November 16, 2010, and made his National Hockey League debut the next night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

But after a less-than-remarkable six-game stint with the Kings last season, one in which he generally looked lost, and like he did not belong on NHL ice, he found himself back with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, where he would remain for the rest of the season.

After that poor showing with the Kings, which was not entirely unexpected for a prospect who was a fourth round draft pick (109th overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft) who was never thought to be a highly-skilled sniper or playmaker, King was written off by many as a prospect who would likely never be more than that…a prospect. Read more of this post

No Looking Back For Los Angeles Kings, Who Have Their Eyes Aimed Directly Ahead

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Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards played poorly at Detroit on
March 10, 2012, but bounced back with a strong performance
at Chicago the following night.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Returning home after a salvaging a four-game road trip through Nashville, Columbus, Detroit and Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings have no time to look back with just 13 games remaining on their schedule.

Through games played on March 12, the Kings find themselves in 11th place, two points behind eighth-place Colorado for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Kings are also three points behind seventh-place Phoenix, and five points behind the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars.

If not for a poor effort at Columbus on March 8, and some atrocious defensive zone play late in their game at Detroit the following night, the Kings could easily be in seventh place in the conference. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Have Good Reasons To Be Optimistic Heading Into Tough, Crucial Road Trip

Los Angeles Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown issued a challenge to his teammates heading into their crucial
four-game road trip, starting on March 6, 2012, at Nashville.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings begin a tough, four-game road trip tonight in Nashville, they find themselves in ninth place in the Western Conference with 72 points, one point behind the eighth-place San Jose Sharks, and three points behind the Dallas Stars for the Pacific Division lead.

The Nashville Predators, currently fifth in the Western Conference with 83 points, are playing extremely well, especially at home, where they have earned a 21-7-5 record this season.

In fact, the Predators have not lost in regulation time in their last twelve home games, earning a 10-0-2 record during that stretch, their last home loss coming on January 5, a 4-1 loss to the Stars.

“[Nashville] is a tough place to play,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “They haven’t lost since Christ was a child.”

Moving right along…the Kings suffered a 2-1 loss at Nashville on February 27, a game in which they felt that they played well. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears On The STN Sports Report With Brad Kurtzberg

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On February 23, 2012, hours before the Los Angeles Kings made their big splash at the trade deadline, acquiring forward Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets, I appeared on The STN Sports Report with Brad Kurtzberg, who covers the New York Islanders, and has written a book, Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the California Golden Seals.

I joined Kurtzberg to talk about the Kings, their precarious playoff position, and what they might do at the trade deadline. You can listen to the portion of the show I was on by clicking on the arrow below (17:56). Read more of this post

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