Yes, It’s Very Early, But What Ails The Los Angeles Kings?

Forward Trevor Lewis, shown here during practice on October 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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ALSO: Don’t miss the latest Sutter-ism from Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter!


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 0-2 to start the 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season, and although they were better in their second game, a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on October 9 at Staples Center, than they were in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks during their home and season opener on October 7, the Kings are not playing very well to start the new season.

“There’s been [defensive zone] breakdowns, some forecheck bounces—[opposing teams] have scored some goals, and have taken us out of the game,” said right wing Tyler Toffoli. “It’s hard to come back when they’re scoring early goals.”

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LA Kings F Jordan Weal Remains Focused Despite Disappointing NHL Debut

ALSO: Don’t miss the first Sutter-ism of the 2015-16 season from head coach Darryl Sutter! With photo.


LA Kings center prospect Jordan Weal
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Throughout the history of the National Hockey League, young players have made their debut in the best hockey league in the world, with varying degrees of success.

To be sure, many young players dream of playing in the NHL, and about what their first NHL game will be like—scoring a goal, playing well, if not standing out as a star, and winning the game, of course.

But many are not fortunate enough to enjoy that kind of success, including Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Weal, who made his NHL debut on October 9, 2015, in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Chemistry Remains A Work In Progress For LA Kings Top Line

AUDIO: Includes audio of interviews with Milan Lucic, Darryl Sutter and Anze Kopitar, who also talked about his feelings about his contract negotiations.


LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic (foreground)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings hit Staples Center ice tonight in their 2015-16 home opener against the San Jose Sharks, they’ll do so with a top forward line that isn’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet.

The line of Anze Kopitar centering Marian Gaborik on right wing and one of the new kids in town, Milan Lucic on left wing, is still working to hammer out the kinks and build the chemistry needed to be effective.

But Kopitar indicated that progress is being made.

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Jordan Weal and Nick Shore: Who Has The Edge For LA Kings 3rd Line Center Spot?

LA Kings center prospect Nick Shore
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Only four days remain before the Los Angeles Kings begin the 2015-16 regular season on Wednesday, and as they prepare for their final pre-season game against the Colorado Avalanche in the annual Frozen Fury game tonight in Las Vegas, a big question mark hangs over their heads…

…who will be their third and fourth-line centers?

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings 2015 Training Camp – Day 3 Interviews

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, shown here during the LA Kings’ 2015 Training Camp at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California on September 17, 2015.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings 2015 Training Camp is in the books and the team is now preparing for their first pre-season contest of the 2015-16 season on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Dwight King, Brian O’Neill, Jordan Weal spoke to the media following the morning session. Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Greene and head coach Darryl Sutter did so following the afternoon scrimmage.

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