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LA Kings: November Hiatus For Hollywood Hockey?

LOS ANGELES — In case you weren’t aware, the 2007-08 National Hockey League season is still going on. But that has been very easy to forget in the Los Angeles area with the Los Angeles Kings sitting on the sidelines all week.

Indeed, the Kings have been reduced to being spectators this week, having been given the week off by the NHL’s scheduling gurus. Read more of this post

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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

Los Angeles Kings: Looking Much Better

LOS ANGELES — After losing five straight games following their season opening win in London, England, the Los Angeles Kings have now won three of their last four games and are playing much better hockey.

During their five-game losing streak, the Kings were, in a word, horrendous. They were stumbling and bumbling their way through each game, making one glaring, fundamental mistake after another, with the puck winding up in the back of their net each time.

At least for now, the Kings appear to have righted the ship. The glaring mistakes have disappeared as the players have bought into the system and are trusting each other. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Preview 2007-08

LOS ANGELES — The 2006-07 season was yet another disappointing one for the Los Angeles Kings, who have not qualified for the playoffs since the 2001-02 season.

But while the team was a near-cellar-dweller last season, the 2007-08 Kings should be an improved team, even though they it would take a small miracle for them to be a Stanley Cup contender.

To be sure, last season was a disaster on the ice for the Kings, who finished with a 27-41-14 record, good for just 68 points. They ranked 14th in the fifteen-team Western Conference, a whopping 28 points out of playoff contention.

But while the Kings stumbled and bumbled their way through many games last season, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and his staff were hard at work, reloading the team’s depleted system with some talented, young prospects.

Now in the second year of their first real rebuilding process, the Kings are already starting to reap the benefits as their younger players are starting to assume leadership roles on the team, and even young prospects are starting to fill key roster spots with the big club.< Read more of this post

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