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Sharks Spoil Kings Home Opener

LOS ANGELES — In their home-and-home series this weekend, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings made a lot of people see why the two teams are at opposite ends of the hockey spectrum.

On Saturday night in San Jose, the Sharks totally dominated the youthful Kings in a 3-1 win that was not nearly as close as the score would seem to indicate.

And on Sunday night at Staples Center, the Sharks were playing their third game in four nights and their fatigue was noticeable. Nevertheless, they had plenty left in the tank to hand the inexperienced Kings a 1-0 defeat, spoiling their home opener in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans. Read more of this post

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2008-09 Los Angeles Kings: Defense and Goaltending Will Be Key

SEASON PREVIEW: A comprehensive, detailed look at what might be for the 2008-09 Los Angeles Kings.

LOS ANGELES — Immediately upon being hired by the Los Angeles Kings as their new head coach on July 17, 2008, Terry Murray clearly stated that the top priority for his new team would be improving their defensive play, noting that the 2007-08 Kings gave up several boatloads of quality scoring chances and goals.

This new mandate could not have been made more clear on the first day of the Kings’ 2008-09 training camp. Indeed, when the players took to the ice for the first time, they saw five dots, a bit smaller than the face-off dots, painted on the ice in the slot, representing the “home plate” area Murray wants his players to focus on in terms of their defensive positioning.

Indeed, the Kings were atrocious in their own zone for the vast majority of the 2007-08 season and their goaltending was not much better. These two areas will certainly be keys to the success or failure of the 2008-09 Kings, who will have several young players, some of them rookies, in their lineup, raising serious doubt on the Kings’ ability to improve significantly upon their tied-for-last-place-in-the-league finish in 2007-08. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Lose Shootout In Las Vegas

After spotting the Colorado Avalanche two first period goals, the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Matt Moulson, Vladimir Dravecky and Anze Kopitar, but it was not enough, as T.J. Hensick scored the lone shootout goal to give the Avalanche a 4-3 shootout win over the Kings in pre-season action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Off To 3-0 Start In Pre-Season

Anze Kopitar scored late in the third period to tie the game and right wing prospect Teddy Purcell scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche in pre-season action at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday night.

The Avs were the better team early, getting early first period goals from Ryan Smyth on the power play at 3:08, followed by an even-strength goal from Darcy Tucker at 8:25.

The Kings shook the cobwebs loose to start the second period and they dominated play the rest of the way, outshooting the Avs in the second period, 15-4 and 17-5 in the third period. But the Kings were unable to get on the scoreboard until center Jarret Stoll capitalized on a Colorado turnover and scored an unassisted goal at 18:20 of the second period. Read more of this post

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