What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers, March 22, 2015

LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Kings hit the road on a five-game road trip that will be critical to their playoff hopes, it’s time, once again, to take a closer look at what they will need to do the rest of the way in order to secure a playoff berth.

The last two times Frozen Royalty has done the math to project the point total the Kings would need in order to qualify for post-season play (January 28 and March 9), 97 points was the result of all that number-crunching.

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Darryl Sutter Says LA Kings’ Top Players “Hit A Wall From The Last Three Years”

VIDEO: Includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings forwards Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli, along with head coach Darryl Sutter.

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on March 9, the Los Angeles Kings have been on quite the tear since the National Hockey League All-Star break, with a 13-6-1 record over their last 20 games, good for 27 out of a possible 40 points.

That’s a rather lofty winning percentage of .675.

“We just had to tune our game up and make sure that everybody does their thing, work on special teams, use our forecheck and speed, and make sure that we work as five guys out there,” said left wing Marian Gaborik. “We have been doing that really well lately.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Gaborik, Muzzin After LA Kings 4-3 SO Win Over Montreal

LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored two goals and added a shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 5.

Anze Kopitar was credited with the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout.

You can watch videos of post-game interviews with Gaborik and defenseman Jake Muzzin below.

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LA Kings Forward Trevor Lewis Is Making The Most Of His Opportunities

LA Kings forward Trevor Lewis, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that versatile Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is making the most of his opportunities lately might be the understatement of the season for the Kings.

Lewis is known for his prowess on defense, killing penalties, and in play along the boards. But even though he’s not exactly lighting up the National Hockey League, scoring goals in bunches, he has set career highs in goals and points with nine goals and ten assists for 19 points.

Lewis’ ten assists matches a career high.

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9-Year-Old Cancer Patient, Hockey Player Grace Bowen Gets Royal Treatment From The LA Kings

Nine-year old Grace Bowen, a former hockey player
who was stricken by cancer, is shown here dropping
the puck for the ceremonial opening face-off prior to
the Calgary Flames vs. LA Kings game on
February 12, 2015, at Staples Center.
Photo: Aaron Poole/NHLI/Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On a night when the Los Angeles Kings earned a much-needed 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames at Staples Center in Los Angeles, they honored former head coach Barry Melrose during one of their Legends Nights. But they also honored one very special guest.

On February 12, nine-year-old Grace Bowen, who played right wing for the West Northumberland Wild of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League, was honored by the Kings prior to the game.

Accompanied by her father, Greg, and her mother, Andrea, young Grace, a native of Grafton, Ontario, dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening face-off.

As reported by Pete Fisher in Northumberland Today, Prior to her birthday in April 2014, Grace was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Doctors found a tumor in her right femur along with a pathological fracture. Grace underwent 7 1/2 months of chemotherapy, along with “…rotation plasty surgery to remove the tumor and utilize her ankle to create a new knee. That joint will be used when Grace gets a prosthetic.”

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