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Anze Kopitar’s Two-Way Play Has Been Key To LA Kings’ Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings beginning a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight (5:00 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California), and with the news that goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the trip, and is practicing with the team, it appears that he is now within a week or two of returning to the lineup.

When he went down with a grade 2 groin strain—a partial tear—on November 12 at Buffalo, a collective groan could be heard rumbling through Kings Nation. Many expected that the team would struggle to keep their heads above water without their star netminder. Some even thought the Kings would plummet in the standings.

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Frozen Royalty Video – LA Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick: “You’re Looking For The Pain, Trying To Find It”

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping goaltender Jonathan Quick will be back in goal for them, making saves like the one shown above during an early-November 2013 practice, soon.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — It was an optional skate day for the Los Angeles Kings on December 22, and most remained off the ice until the team holiday party began, with their families skating as part of the festivities.

A handful of players practiced, including forwards Daniel Carcillo, Matt Frattin, defenseman Willie Mitchell, and goaltenders Martin Jones (for about 15 minutes), and Ben Scrivens. But all eyes were on goaltender Jonathan Quick, who continues his rehabilitation work while recovering from a grade 2 groin strain (partial tear).

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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears on Montreal Hockey Talk

Prior to the Los Angeles Kings’ decisive 6-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal on December 10, I appeared on Montreal Hockey Talk’s pre-game show to talk about the Kings and the upcoming tilt with the Habs.

Thank you to Rob Elbaz (@RobElbaz on Twitter), Steven Hindle (@StevenHindle) and Kosta Papoulias (@HabsCoachK) for inviting me to be a guest on their show.

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LA Kings Goalie Coach Bill Ranford Provides Specifics On Ben Scrivens’ Recent Play

LA Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens,
shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the Los Angeles Kings lost superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick to a grade two groin strain (a partial tear) at Buffalo on November 12, they have not missed a beat, earning an 8-1-4 record since that game.

The Kings have gotten outstanding goaltending from backup goalie Ben Scrivens, and now, from Martin Jones, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on November 13. But improved team play, especially in the defensive zone, has played as much of a role in their success since Quick went down as anything else, including the play of their netminders.

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