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Defense Is The Catalyst For The Los Angeles Kings

ALSO: Something important that you might not know about Marian Gaborik, praise for Alec Martinez, and video not available anywhere else of post-practice interviews on December 19, 2014, with Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Justin Williams, defenseman Jake Muzzin, and head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — A common refrain heard among those who follow the Los Angeles Kings is that scoring is down and their top players are not producing as they should.

Although they are not clicking at the 3.38 goals per game rate they achieved during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (top team in the playoffs), the Kings are not exactly terrible either, scoring an average of 2.70 goals per game, ranked 16th in the National Hockey League this season—right in the middle of the pack.

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LA Kings Rookie LW Tanner Pearson Might Be The Odd Man Out…For Now

LA Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite getting off to a blistering hot start to the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, it appears that rookie left wing Tanner Pearson is headed for a seat in the press box when the Los Angeles Kings host the Carolina Hurricanes on November 20, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The reason: after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points, with a +9 plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes in the first eight games of the season, Pearson has recorded just one assist, with a +2 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes in the Kings’ last eleven games.

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Frozen Royalty Video: That 70’s Line Leads LA Kings To Record-Setting Win Over Columbus

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have only one line that’s scoring goals, but they’ve been so prolific, they’ve led the team to a 6-0-0 record to close out their home stand—a franchise record—the latest being a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets during a matinee affair at Staples Center on October 26.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick Becomes LA Kings’ All-Time Shutout Leader In 2-0 Win Over Buffalo

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored power play goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on October 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With the shutout, the 33rd of his National Hockey League career, Quick passed former Kings legend Rogie Vachon to become the team’s all-time shutouts leader.

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