2010-11 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Evaluating The Forwards

2010-11 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 1 of a series.

Anze Kopitar (right) and Justin Williams (left) led the way among Los Angeles Kings’ forwards this season.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings suffered an earlier than desired exit from the 2010-11 season, when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, who won the series 4-2.

To be sure, another first round exit from the post-season party was not what the Kings had in mind this year, as expectations, both their own and just about everyone else’s, was for them to at least advance to the second round.

Although they faced extenuating circumstances that affected their ability to enjoy post-season success, namely, the loss of leading scorer and top defensive forward Anze Kopitar to a devastating ankle injury in late March, the Kings showed that if they had the discipline to adhere to their system and structure, they could have won that series, advancing to the Western Conference Semi Finals. Given that, it doesn’t matter how you slice it. The fact remains that the Kings did not meet expectations for the 2010-11 season. Read more of this post

LA Kings Want 4th or 5th Place In West, But Don’t Control Their Own Destiny

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, who suffered a dislocated
right shoulder on March 21, might be ready to return to the lineup
for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite clinching a playoff berth on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings had much to play for going into a home-and-home series to end their 2010-11 regular season.

The equation was simple: win both games and clinch fourth place in the Western Conference, which would earn them home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

More important, the Kings would also avoid a first round matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, or Detroit Red Wings, the top three teams in the West. Read more of this post

LA Kings Would Be Court Jesters If They Don’t Take Final Two Games Seriously

LOS ANGELES — After securing an invitation to the post-season party for the second consecutive season, the Los Angeles Kings were finally able to exhale and relax.

“It’s real exciting,” said rookie left wing Kyle Clifford. “It’s an honor. We’ve got a great team here, and we’re definitely looking forward to [the Stanley Cup Playoffs].” Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings Need To Solve Power Play Woes Soon

LOS ANGELES — After a blazing hot 12-3-0 start to the season, followed by a stretch where they lost seven out of eight games, the Los Angeles Kings are now in a 4-0-1 stretch heading into St. Louis, where they will skate on December 16 against the Blues, who trail the Kings by two points in the Western Conference standings going into action on December 15.

This season, the Kings have won games primarily on the strength of their defense and the goaltending of Jonathan Quick, who is in the top five of all major goaltending statistics as of this writing.

Penalty-killing has been a big part of that defensive effort, as the Kings are ranked fourth in the National Hockey League, with an 86.0 percent rating.

But as Kings head coach Terry Murray often says, while penalty-killing can lose you a game, the power play can win it for your team, and, so far this season, the Kings’ power play has been anything but powerful… Read more of this post

Jonathan Quick Is The Ringleader In LA Kings Theft Of 5-0 Win At Detroit On NHL Video

Last season, the Detroit Red Wings skated into Staples Center in Los Angeles and were dominated by the Los Angeles Kings on January 7, 2010. In fact, the Kings bombarded the Wings with 52 shots in that game, but were absolutely stoned by Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard, who stopped 51 shots to help the Red Wings steal a 2-1 victory.

As the saying goes, what goes around, comes around. Read more of this post


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