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Kings Earn Split In Canada

After putting in what head coach Terry Murray called their worst effort of the season on Wednesday night in a 6-2 blowout loss at Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings responded with a strong effort on Thursday night as they handed the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 loss in front of 16,839 fans at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Anze Kopitar broke out with his best performance of the season with a goal and an assist. Left wing Patrick O’Sullivan also tallied a goal and an assist. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Defensive Improvement A Surprise So Far

LOS ANGELES — Eighteen games into the 2008-09 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 8-8-2, good for eighteen points in the standings.

As of this writing, the Kings are third in the Pacific Division, eleventh in the Western Conference and twentieth in the overall NHL standings, all significant improvements.

Although they have not improved significantly over their 8-9-1 record after eighteen games in the 2007-08 season, it is rather easy to see where this season’s Kings have made the most improvement…on defense. Read more of this post

LA Kings’ Improvements May Not Be Easy To See

LOS ANGELES — One month of the 2008-09 National Hockey League season is in the books and the Los Angeles Kings have been pretty much what was expected in terms of wins and losses.

As of this writing, the Kings have a 3-6-1 record, good for seven points. They are ranked last in the Pacific Division, already eleven points out of first place, and in the Western Conference standings, the Kings are also dead last—both are right where they were last season.

Against the rest of the league, the Kings are ranked 28th in the thirty-team NHL, just two points ahead of the last place New York Islanders.

The Kings ended the 2007-08 season in 29th place, tied in points with last-place Tampa Bay.

In short, the Kings are right about where most people expected them to be, showing no significant improvement in the standings over the previous season so far. But if you think the Kings have not improved over last season, guess again. Read more of this post

Kings Come Up With The Effort, But Not The Win Against Flames

LOS ANGELES — The faces were long and the air was thick with disappointment in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room following their 3-2 defeat at the hands of the streaking Calgary Flames in front of an announced crowd of 16,279 fans at Staples Center on Saturday night.

The reason for the slumped shoulders and dejection came just 1:18 after Kings forward Oscar Moller scored his second goal of the game at 14:04 of the third period to tie the game, 2-2.

At the 16:23 mark, Flames center Daymond Langkow took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Kings to score an easy goal that gave the Flames their final margin of victory. Read more of this post

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