Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Earn Split In Split-Squad Pre-Season Series

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings opened the 2009-10 pre-season schedule by earning a split in their split-squad series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. Read more of this post

LA Kings Earn Split Against Phoenix Coyotes in Rookie Tournament

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov
carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects.
Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

EL SEGUNDO, CA – After the first game of their 2009-10 Rookie Tournament, a 6-1 blowout loss to the young prospects of the Phoenix Coyotes, one might think that the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects should have stuck with the drills they were working on during the first three days of their rookie camp.

Indeed, the Kings prospects were a step slow from the opening face-off on Wednesday night at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. They were outworked and outhustled throughout by the Coyotes prospects who seemed to be intent on skating on, over and through their counterparts.

In that first game, the Kings took some early penalties, immediately putting themselves at a big disadvantage. The Coyotes were all over the Kings from the start and things quickly spiraled out of control from there.

“You get four power plays in the first period, that really set the tone [for Phoenix],” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “We were outshot 17-4 in the first period. It gets to be an easier game once you get a 2-3 goal lead.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Prospects Move From Drills To Game Action

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have completed three days of their 2009-10 Rookie Camp with the focus on drills designed to improve their young prospects compete level, decision-making, positional play, puck handling, and more.

Head Coach Terry Murray surrounded by young prospects at the team’s Rookie Camp. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

Head Coach Terry Murray surrounded by young prospects at the team’s Rookie Camp.
Photo: Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

“Overall, I’ve been very excited about what’s happened here in the three days,” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “From the first day—the testing—I was impressed with the work they put in off the ice in several of the tests they did. On the ice, they’re working hard, showing lots of energy and determination and a real passion to go out and work, listen and try things that we’re talking about.”

Murray was also impressed by the physical improvement among the young prospects. Read more of this post

LA Kings Developing Two Goalie Prospects Locally

ONTARIO, CA — As young goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg show promise in handling the goaltending chores for the Los Angeles Kings, and with Jonathan Bernier and Daniel Taylor developing their netminder skills with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings now have two more young goaltending prospects honing their skills right here in Southern California.

Jeff Zatkoff and Linden Rowat are backstopping the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ ECHL affiliate.

Zatkoff, 20, began the season with the Reign and has earned a 16-14-1 record with a 2.94 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage and one shutout in 34 appearances (1,981 minutes played).

Prior to joining the Reign, Zatkoff played three seasons with the Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Last season, Zatkoff earned a 27-8-1 record with a 1.72 GAA, a .933 save percentage and three shutouts. He led the CCHA in goals-against average and save percentage and was ranked second in both categories in the NCAA. He also ranked second in the CCHA in wins and was tied for second nationally. Read more of this post

Kings Sweep Pre-Season Doubleheader

PRE-SEASON: Los Angeles Kings win twice on Monday night; post-game audio interviews from game 2 at Staples Center.


LOS ANGELES — After reading the headline above, you’re probably thinking that someone made a mistake.

Nope. Guess again.

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings actually won two games within hours of each other to open their 2008-09 pre-season action with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, followed by a 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in a split-squad doubleheader of sorts. Read more of this post

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