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The Sky Is Not Falling On The Los Angeles Kings

Also features a video interview with Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.


LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here
at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings limped home after losing all four games on their last road trip, they head into a contest against division rival Vancouver tonight (7:00 PM PST, Staples Center) having lost five straight games for the first time since December 3 – December 13, 2011, a streak of misery that ended with the firing of then-head coach Terry Murray.

Although there seems to be a significant amount of panic among Kings fans, the circumstances are dramatically different from those of two seasons past. In fact, the Kings insist that they are not far off from being on the other side of the won-loss column in their last five games.

“We’ve played well enough,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “If you look at it, prior to our last time we played St. Louis, we’d gotten points in five straight games. Four of them were overtime losses. Now we’re not getting the extra goal, so you’re not getting points.”

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Strange As It May Seem, Tyler Toffoli’s Play Without The Puck Might Be Key To Staying With LA Kings

Right wing Tyler Toffoli, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings rookie right wing Tyler Toffoli has certainly made his presence known by scoring timely goals, including four game-winners, and even though his game slipped a bit for a few games, he has bounced back, and has looked better than he did when he was recalled by the Kings on November 2.

In 21 games with the Kings, the 21-year-old, 6-1, 196-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario has scored eight goals and has tallied seven assists for 15 points, with a +11 plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes.

Toffoli is ranked tenth in rookie scoring, seventh in rookie goal scoring, and he leads all rookies in game-winning goals (four).

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LA Kings Rookie Goalie Martin Jones Has Come A Long Way From The North Shore Winter Club

LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As he left the ice after earning his first National Hockey League shutout in a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on December 7 at Staples Center in what was just his second NHL game, goaltender Martin Jones entered the dressing room while his teammates chanted his name.

In two games, Jones has won both contests, the first coming at Anaheim, a 3-2, nine-round shootout win on December 3. In those games, Jones earned an 0.97 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.

Those are magnificent numbers, to be sure. However, given the small sample size, they do not mean a whole lot. Even so, it represents a tremendous, near-fairy tale start to a young goaltender’s NHL career.

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LA Kings Goalie Coach Bill Ranford Provides Specifics On Ben Scrivens’ Recent Play

LA Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens,
shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the Los Angeles Kings lost superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick to a grade two groin strain (a partial tear) at Buffalo on November 12, they have not missed a beat, earning an 8-1-4 record since that game.

The Kings have gotten outstanding goaltending from backup goalie Ben Scrivens, and now, from Martin Jones, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on November 13. But improved team play, especially in the defensive zone, has played as much of a role in their success since Quick went down as anything else, including the play of their netminders.

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