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Comfort + Confidence = Contributions For LA Kings Left Wing Dwight King

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the earliest days of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 training camp, head coach Darryl Sutter has been singing the praises of left wing Dwight King, referring to the 24-year-old native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan as his best player during training camp, and he has continued to speak highly of the much-maligned forward, to the chagrin of the considerable number of detractors he has gained since last season.

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LA Kings Dwight King Becoming A 15-Goal Scorer May Not Be Far-Fetched At All

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — It doesn’t take more than a quick spin through the various forums and web sites where the Los Angeles Kings faithful congregate to talk about their favorite team to learn that left wing Dwight King has become this season’s Dustin Penner.

Indeed, Penner, who now plays for the Anaheim Ducks after more than two seasons with the Kings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2012, was the target of the fans’ ire for just about his entire time with the Kings. But even though the anger level is not what it often was with Penner, King frequently elicits similar reactions, drawing heavy criticism for his play.

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LA Kings: Bad Habits and Bright Spots Highlighted In Win Over Phoenix

ALSO: Post-game audio interviews with Drew Doughty, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar and head coach Darryl Sutter following the Los Angeles Kings’ 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on October 24.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here during the team’s
October 24 morning skate, recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career
later that night, in a 7-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Anyone who has followed the Los Angeles Kings for at least a couple of seasons knows that they have a penchant for letting teams back into games after establishing a big lead.

The most notorious example in recent years was their loss in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, when they had a 4-0 lead, and then led 5-1, before losing in overtime, 6-5, an absolutely embarrassing defeat.

Earlier this season, the Kings had a 3-0 lead after the first period against the Ottawa Senators on October 9, at Staples Center, but then allowed three straight goals, one in the second period, and two in the third. Fortunately for the Kings, Jeff Carter saved the day with a goal in overtime to secure a 4-3 victory.

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Leaner, Stronger Jordan Nolan Is Looking To Bounce Back In 2013-14 For LA Kings

VIDEO: Includes video interview with Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan.


Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After coming in as virtual unknowns in early February 2012, right wing Jordan Nolan and left wing Dwight King were huge surprises in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011-12 run to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 45 years of existence.

In the abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League season, both players were noticeable once again, but mostly for the wrong reasons.

In Nolan’s case, he was nowhere near the player he was during the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup run, when he was tough, physical, skated pretty well for his size, and was very effective on the forecheck.

The reason? He came into the 2013 season with too much weight—235 pounds—on his 6-3 frame.

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