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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

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Los Angeles Kings Defensive Improvement A Surprise So Far

LOS ANGELES — Eighteen games into the 2008-09 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 8-8-2, good for eighteen points in the standings.

As of this writing, the Kings are third in the Pacific Division, eleventh in the Western Conference and twentieth in the overall NHL standings, all significant improvements.

Although they have not improved significantly over their 8-9-1 record after eighteen games in the 2007-08 season, it is rather easy to see where this season’s Kings have made the most improvement…on defense. Read more of this post

Ellis, Predators Halt Kings’ Win Streak

LOS ANGELES — Despite taking a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s action, the Los Angeles Kings were not going to win their remaining 66 games, and even though they put in a strong effort, goaltender Dan Ellis led the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Kings in front of an announced crowd of 14,135 fans at Staples Center.

Ellis was often brilliant, stopping all but one of the 34 shots the Kings fired at him and almost single-handedly won the game for the Predators, who beat all three of California’s National Hockey League teams on their current road swing. Read more of this post

Make It Four In A Row: Kings Get Past Stars Again, 3-2

The young, inexperienced Los Angeles Kings have won four straight games.

Don’t bother with pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. You aren’t.

Michal Handzus scored a goal and played a huge role in another, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and won 11 out of 15 face-offs, and Alexander Frolov contributed two assists to lead the Kings to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars in front of a disappointed crowd of 17,675 fans at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday night. Read more of this post

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