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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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LA Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick Talks About Being Named To Team USA For 2014 Sochi Olympics

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will represent the United States during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in
Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Hours after being named to represent the United States at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (February 6-23, 2014), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick spoke to the media about the honor from St. Louis, where the team will skate against the St. Louis Blues on January 2.

In 2010, Quick was a member of the silver medal-winning Team USA in the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but was the third goaltender and did not dress for any games.

“I was able to be part of the team in 2010, so you get an understanding, I suppose, of what it’s like to represent your country,” said Quick. “To be able to have that opportunity again is a great feeling.”

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Anze Kopitar’s Two-Way Play Has Been Key To LA Kings’ Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings beginning a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight (5:00 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California), and with the news that goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the trip, and is practicing with the team, it appears that he is now within a week or two of returning to the lineup.

When he went down with a grade 2 groin strain—a partial tear—on November 12 at Buffalo, a collective groan could be heard rumbling through Kings Nation. Many expected that the team would struggle to keep their heads above water without their star netminder. Some even thought the Kings would plummet in the standings.

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San Jose GM Doug Wilson Tries To Pull Another Fast One In Remarks About LA Kings’ Dustin Brown

COMMENTARY: San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson stirred the pot last night, during his team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, citing his disappointment with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, and the Kings organization, for not expressing concern for injured Sharks forward Tomas Hertl. But why did Wilson make those remarks publicly, rather than through the usual league back channels? Why did he go to the media with his remarks? What was Wilson trying to accomplish? Frozen Royalty just might have the answer…


San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson
Photo courtesy National Hockey League/San Jose Sharks

LOS ANGELES — According to multiple reports out of San Jose, on December 23, during their game against the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson approached the media who cover the team on a regular basis during the second intermission, and talked about his disappointment that Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown has not expressed concern for the welfare of Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertl, nor has anyone else from the Kings organization.

To review, Brown and Hertl collided in the neutral zone late in the first period during a game at Staples Center on December 19. The result was knee-on-knee contact, with Hertl suffering a right knee injury that will sideline him for at least one month, and could require surgery.

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