You Might Be Wondering, “What Now,” But Not The LA Kings

LA Kings center prospect Nick Shore, shown here with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — After losing right wing Tyler Toffoli to mononucleosis, seeing left wing Tanner Pearson slide, feet first, into the end boards, suffering a fractured fibula, and knowing that the Los Angeles Kings are not playing well in their own zone, many are probably wondering…

What now?

But the Kings are not asking that question, at least, not publicly.

“It hurts losing those guys,” said defenseman Jake Muzzin. “They bring a lot of energy and a lot of offensive ability, but we’ve got other guys who can step up, no problem.”

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LA Kings Tip A King 2015 – In Photos

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson getting some rather special attention
from one member of a family at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live
Event Deck, on January 3, 2015.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings disappointed their fans in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators earlier in the afternoon on January 3, the mood was still rather festive at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live event deck hours later.

Tip A King is an annual event held by the Kings, benefitting the Kings Care Foundation, where fans can “tip” players, coaches and broadcasters for the opportunity to get an autograph or take a photo.

Here’s a photo essay capturing some of the sights from the event.

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LA Kings: Williams Says, “Enough Screwing Around;” Pearson On The Rise?

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Also includes audio of interviews with Tanner Pearson, Justin Williams and Darryl Sutter after practice on January 2.


LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now that the New Year is upon us, the Los Angeles Kings are looking to turn the page on 2014 and start a hard push for the playoffs.

“It’s now time to win a few in a row,” said veteran right wing Justin Williams. “Enough screwing around. It’s time to get ourselves atop the conference again, where we belong, and get some breathing room between us and other teams.”

“The regular season is long,” added Williams. “Everyone’s gunning for you. It’s a hard league. We need to, eventually, hit a point where it’s go time. We need to find that, and we need to bring it every night.”

The Kings’ come-from-behind 3-2 win at Vancouver on January 1 was a good start to their playoff push.

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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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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

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: Players Lament Lack Of Consistency, But Darryl Sutter Is Looking At His Best Players

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar has struggled this season, and head coach
Darryl Sutter tried to light a fire under him, and other players, after
practice on December 7, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after they got off to another slow start against a lesser opponent and paid for it with a loss, the Los Angeles Kings were already looking ahead to their upcoming five-game road trip, one in which they know that they need to start stringing together some wins to keep themselves in a playoff spot, and, they hope, improve their position in the standings.

As mentioned, a big problem has been slow starts.

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