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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

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LA Kings Win At Florida, Earn 3-2-0 Record On Road Trip – NHL Video

Despite suffering an embarrassing 7-0 blowout loss at Atlanta and being beaten rather soundly in a 4-1 defeat at Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings emerged from their recent five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record after defeating the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout on November 16. Read more of this post

LA Kings New Head Coach Terry Murray Must Be A Glutton For Punishment

NEW HEAD COACH: Terry Murray, the Los Angeles Kings’ new head coach, will have to endure many long nights on the road to get his new team back on the right track.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings finishing, for all intents and purposes, in the National Hockey League basement last season, and considering their head-first dive into a youth movement, the 2008-09 season is almost guaranteed to see them not only miss the playoffs for what would be their sixth consecutive season, but also have them competing for last place in the league standings once again.

Given all that, Terry Murray has to be a serious glutton for punishment, to say the least, after accepting what Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi called “…the toughest job in the National Hockey League right now.” Read more of this post

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