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For The Los Angeles Kings, It All Comes Down To Getting Dirty

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner will return
to the lineup on February 2 at Anaheim after
sitting out four games.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — For those who may be wondering, the headline for this story does not mean what you might think. Rather, it has become a repeated, old refrain that has often been heard in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room in recent seasons.

Indeed, the Kings really do need to get dirty. More specifically, they are getting very few opportunities to score the “dirty goals” to this point in the abbreviated 2013 season. The result? A meager 2-2-2 start to the season.

A dearth of scoring chances from the prime scoring areas was most evident this season in the Kings’ last game on January 31, when they dropped a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators at Staples Center.

“We had a lot of offensive zone time, but it was a lot of cycles,” said forward Jeff Carter. “We really didn’t get much off it.”

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For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi, “Constructive Paranoia” Is Much More Than A Catchphrase

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — A little over six years ago, when Dean Lombardi took over as President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, the team was, for all intents and purposes, a mess, both on the ice and off.

Lombardi’s plan, to tear down the team completely and rebuild it through the draft, not to mention completely changing the culture of organization, generated significant support from fans.

But Lombardi also drew the ire of many detractors who claimed that a championship team could not be built without bringing in established stars, and as the team struggled and failed to make the playoffs in his first three season at the helm, the numbers of his detractors seemed to grow exponentially, and their voices grew louder and louder.

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Sluggish Start By Los Angeles Kings Was All Too Predictable

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner (right), shown here with goaltender
Jonathan Quick (left), during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Following the Los Angeles Kings’ third period collapse, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on January 22, based on the reaction across the World Wide Web, one would think the sky is falling, Dustin Penner is back to being the worst player in the history of the game, and the Kings are doomed.

Of course, in an abbreviated season, every game counts that much more, and there is almost no time for a team to catch up if they dig themselves into a hole early in the season.

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LA Kings Training Camp: King, Nolan Looking Forward To Proving Themselves In First Full NHL Season; Hickey Dishes On His Future

TRAINING CAMP: Left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan shared their thoughts about the coming season, as well as what playing in the American Hockey League during the lockout did for their conditioning and preparation for the NHL season. Also, defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey talked about his future in the weeks before he was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season, forward Jeff Carter coming to the Los Angeles Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets made all the headlines as being the lynch pin, at least from the player personnel aspect, to the Kings’ dominating run through the playoffs, on their way to their first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

But even though they didn’t get as much of the media exposure, just as important was the contributions of three rookies, left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, along with defenseman Slava Voynov.

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