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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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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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