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Los Angeles Kings: Teetering On The Edge?

LOS ANGELES — Now 43 games into the 2008-09 season, the Los Angeles Kings are at an all-too-familiar crossroads, one they seem to reach every season.

After a stretch in which they lost four out of their last five games with the final three all losses in which they put in what were easily their worst performances and their poorest efforts of the season, the Kings are on the edge of the very same cliff they seem to find themselves at year after year—right on the brink of dropping out of playoff contention with little to no hope of fighting their way back up the Western Conference standings.

Indeed, unless the Kings can quickly fight their way out of their current slump, their only consolation will be that they at least made it to mid-January before their playoff hopes were dashed once again, unlike last season when they were way, way out of playoff contention before mid-December. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Spoil Blackhawks “Circus Trip”

LOS ANGELES — Since the Los Angeles Kings moved to Staples Center in 1999, there have been several times when they were forced to go on very long road trips while their arena was being used for other events.

But if you think the Kings are the only National Hockey League team that often has to play second fiddle at their own arena, guess again.

During a matinee affair on Saturday, the Kings handed the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-2 defeat in front of an announced crowd of 16,147 fans at Staples Center.

The loss culminated a 3-2-1 road trip for the ’Hawks, who hit the road with a circus occupying the United Center, their home arena, for two weeks. 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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Los Angeles Kings: Stepping Up

LOS ANGELES — Riding on the wave of a four-game winning streak, the Los Angeles Kings found themselves in uncharted waters after their 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on October 27 at Staples Center.

That win put in the Kings into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the Dallas Stars.

That bit of news would likely cause one to have to read that again to make sure they weren’t hallucinating. Either that, or it would cause one to laugh hysterically at the obvious joke.

We can assure those of you who fear hallucinations that you are not hallucinating (at least, not regarding the Kings). And for those of you who are laughing, the joke is on you. Read more of this post

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