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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

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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

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

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