Best Players Are Starting To Come Through For The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After a smoking hot 12-3-0 start followed by a 2-6-0 nose dive, one thing has been a constant for the Los Angeles Kings this season…

…that they have a gaping hole on their top line at left wing, as evidenced by the fact that so many players have played that position this season with varying degrees of success…or failure. Indeed, so many players have played alongside center Anze Kopitar that one could fill an entire roster just with those players.

Forwards Justin Williams (left) and Anze Kopitar (right) have come on strong of late for the Los Angeles Kings.
Photo: David Sheehan

That is an exaggeration, of course, but you get the point. The Kings’ first line was inconsistent, at best, during the team’s hot start. In fact, the first line was supplanted by the Kings’ second line of left wing Ryan Smyth, center Jarret Stoll, and right wing Justin Williams as their top offensive line in terms of production.

During their 2-6-0 skid, the Kings’ problems started in their own end, where they were giving up Grade A scoring chances and goals in bunches. But later in the slide, the problems moved to the other end of the ice as the team stopped scoring.

The solution? Following their 2-0 loss at Anaheim on November 29, head coach Terry Murray made yet another change on his top line, moving Williams up to play the right side with Kopitar while right wing Dustin Brown shifted over to left wing.

In the two games (both wins) the Kings have played since the change, the new first line has combined for four goals and four assists for eight points. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Can Build Off 3-2 Win Over Detroit

LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored at 4:04 of overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on December 4.

Kopitar, defenseman Alec Martinez and right wing Justin Williams each scored a goal and added an assist in the game. Read more of this post

LA Kings To Face Vancouver Canucks In First Round Of NHL Playoffs


UPDATE: Fox Sports West or Prime Ticket will televise all games in the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings first round playoff series. Radio broadcasts to move to KLAC AM 570.

On the strength of a come-from-behind, 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver on April 11, combined with a 3-2 overtime win by the Detroit Red Wings over the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings ended the 2009-10 regular season in sixth place in the Western Conference and headed for a first round playoff matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

After trailing since near the midpoint of the first period, the Kings took over in the third period.

Kings center Jarret Stoll deflected a point shot by defenseman Matt Greene that beat Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson at the 15:28 mark to tie the game. Read more of this post

NHL To Experiment With Rule Restricting Line Combination Changes

NEW YORK — Although the cry for a rule banning hits to the head was the focus of the recent National Hockey League general manager’s meetings, other rules were proposed that were designed to improve the game and, most notably, the fan experience.

Perhaps the most controversial rule proposed was to restrict the changing of line combinations during the season.

The proposed rule change would limit teams from changing established line combinations, barring injury, to no more than six different line combinations for each of their forward lines and defensive pairings.

Constant changing of line combinations by NHL head coaches has been a frequent complaint by fans across the league for many years. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Michal Handzus Leads LA Kings To Record Ninth Straight Win

LOS ANGELES — During a matinee contest at Staples Center on February 6, the Los Angeles Kings set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win, coming back from a 3-0 first period deficit to defeat the once mighty Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans.

As they have many times in Saturday afternoon games, the Kings came out flat, gift-wrapping three goals for the Red Wings in the first period.

Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring at the 8:44 mark, taking a pass from line mate Pavel Datsyuk and, while all alone in front of the net, easily tapped the puck past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who had no chance.

Just sixteen seconds later, Detroit center Valtteri Filppula banked a backhand from the left circle in off of Kings defenseman Sean O’Donnell to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Read more of this post


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