Kings Take Advantage of Undisciplined Ducks

LOS ANGELES — Southern California’s National Hockey League teams are both off to slow starts this season. The two teams met at Staples Center on Tuesday night and obviously, something had to give.

The Stanley Cup-contending but underachieving Anaheim Ducks have looked like anything but a contender in the very young 2008-09 season, while the young, inexperienced Los Angeles Kings have met expectations with their 0-2 start.

But when the ice chips finally settled late Tuesday night, it was the Kings who broke through with their first win of the season, a 6-3 trouncing over the undisciplined Ducks, in front of a relatively sparse crowd of 14,451 fans. Read more of this post

Sharks Spoil Kings Home Opener

LOS ANGELES — In their home-and-home series this weekend, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings made a lot of people see why the two teams are at opposite ends of the hockey spectrum.

On Saturday night in San Jose, the Sharks totally dominated the youthful Kings in a 3-1 win that was not nearly as close as the score would seem to indicate.

And on Sunday night at Staples Center, the Sharks were playing their third game in four nights and their fatigue was noticeable. Nevertheless, they had plenty left in the tank to hand the inexperienced Kings a 1-0 defeat, spoiling their home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans. Read more of this post

Youthful Kings Outclassed At Shark Tank

Alexander Frolov scored on the power play at 6:34 of the first period, but that would be the last time anyone would hear from the Los Angeles Kings the rest of the way, as the San Jose Sharks dominated from that point on and had an easy time handing the Kings a 3-1 loss in front of 17,496 fans at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday night in the Kings’ 2008-09 opener. Read more of this post

Kings Finish Pre-Season With 3-2-3 Record

Joe Pavelski, Brad Lukowich and Patrick Marleau scored goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 25 shots to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday night.

Kyle Calder scored the lone goal for the Kings.

Jason LaBarbera started in goal for the Kings, allowed three goals on 28 shots.

The Kings ended the exhibition season with a 3-2-3 record.


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2008-09 Los Angeles Kings: Defense and Goaltending Will Be Key

SEASON PREVIEW: A comprehensive, detailed look at what might be for the 2008-09 Los Angeles Kings.

LOS ANGELES — Immediately upon being hired by the Los Angeles Kings as their new head coach on July 17, 2008, Terry Murray clearly stated that the top priority for his new team would be improving their defensive play, noting that the 2007-08 Kings gave up several boatloads of quality scoring chances and goals.

This new mandate could not have been made more clear on the first day of the Kings’ 2008-09 training camp. Indeed, when the players took to the ice for the first time, they saw five dots, a bit smaller than the face-off dots, painted on the ice in the slot, representing the “home plate” area Murray wants his players to focus on in terms of their defensive positioning.

Indeed, the Kings were atrocious in their own zone for the vast majority of the 2007-08 season and their goaltending was not much better. These two areas will certainly be keys to the success or failure of the 2008-09 Kings, who will have several young players, some of them rookies, in their lineup, raising serious doubt on the Kings’ ability to improve significantly upon their tied-for-last-place-in-the-league finish in 2007-08. Read more of this post

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