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Los Angeles Kings: Too Early To Panic Despite Slow Start

ALSO: Will Alec Martinez return to the lineup tonight against Ottawa? Willie Mitchell talks about complacency, and video interviews with Colin Fraser, Trevor Lewis, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams shared
ome very strong words about his team’s
play so far this season.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — After a 1-2-0 start to the still very young 2013-14 National Hockey League season, a quick spin through the World Wide Web forums where the Los Angeles Kings faithful congregate indicates that while many are not concerned with the team’s poor start, a significant number are already in panic mode.

Indeed, some fans are already pointing fingers, and railing against the performance of various players. Some have singled out goaltender Jonathan Quick. Even head coach Darryl Sutter has been under the microscope—some have commented that they believe he has lost control of his team, and has been tuned out by the players.

One word can be used to address such beliefs…

Really?

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NHL Stadium Series Media Day At Dodger Stadium – In Photos


Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

On September 26, the National Hockey League held a press conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles where one of the six 2014 Stadium Series games will be played, with the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks, on January 25, 2014.

To read Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of Thursday’s media day, please read:

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NHL Stadium Series: Upcoming Game At Dodger Stadium Is Already Bringing Back Fond Memories For Players

NHL STADIUM SERIES MEDIA DAY COVERAGE: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s comprehensive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series Media Day at Dodger Stadiun focuses on how the upcoming outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is a throwback to hockey’s roots, but is a very unfamiliar concept here in Southern California.


From left: LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, right wing Jeff Carter, Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner, and right wing Emerson Etem, shown here at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 26, 2013.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 25, 2014, where the Los Angeles Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in one of six outdoor games scheduled this season, something that stands out in all this is the fact that outdoor ice hockey is a completely foreign concept here in Southern California.

Indeed, the fact is that the only outdoor hockey we know here is played on roller skates, or in a pair of tennis shoes in a park, schoolyard, or a neighborhood street.

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Poor Playoff Performance Shows That LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Not An Elite Player…Yet

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this time last year, the Los Angeles Kings were basking in the glory of their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then the 45-year history of the franchise.

The team raced through the playoffs, earning an astounding 16-4 record, including ten straight road victories, and they accomplished all that by staying healthy, and getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. But as the old saying goes, a team’s best players have to be their best players in order to achieve post-season success, and that is exactly what the Kings got from goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.

But one year later, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins tonight in Chicago. Indeed, the Kings failed to defend their Stanley Cup Championship after being eliminated in the Western Conference Final by the Blackhawks in five games, and in a more convincing fashion than the game scores may have indicated.

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