Being Offensive Would Be A Good Thing For The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Under normal circumstances, being offensive is not a good thing. But for the Los Angeles Kings, it would be more than welcomed, as it is no secret that they do not score a lot of goals. That is a big reason why they are tremendous underdogs heading into their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, starting on April 14 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

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Especially with the Kings missing their best player, star center Anze Kopitar, who is out until next season due to a broken right ankle with torn ligaments, the Kings will probably need a miracle to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

To illustrate the Kings’ offensive woes, they ended the season ranked 25th in the league, scoring just 2.55 goals per game, while the Sharks scored 2.96 goals per game, ranking sixth in the National Hockey League.

As one might guess from those numbers, the Kings’ power play is anemic as well, ranking 21st in the NHL with a 16.1 percent rating.

Meanwhile, the Sharks had the second-best power play in the league with a 23.5 percent rating. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Strong Play On The Road Gets LA Kings Back In The Hunt

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have returned to Southern California following a six-game Eastern road swing in which they earned a respectable 3-1-2 record. But that was part of a larger nine-game stretch of games, all on the road, in which they emerged with a 5-1-3 record, earning 13 out of a possible 18 points. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: Los Angeles Kings Hit Practice Ice After Return to So Cal

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After nine straight road games so far in February, the Los Angeles Kings have returned to Southern California having earned 13 out of a possible 18 points, keeping them in the hurt for a playoff spot in the National Hockey League’s hyper-competitive Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Kings returned to practice at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, on February 21, 2011.
Photo: David Sheehan

After a day off, the Kings returned to practice on February 21 for a quick, 35-minute on-ice session at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Need Center Anze Kopitar To Be A Little Greedy

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings appear to have turned things around, earning a 5-0-1 record in their last six games, and a 6-3-1 record in their last ten. All that comes after an absolutely dreadful stretch from late December through much of January that saw them lose ten out of twelve games.

The Los Angeles Kings need top center Anze Kopitar to break out of another long goal scoring drought.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

Even more impressive, the Kings are 2-0-1 in the first three of ten straight games away from Staples Center.

But with six more ahead of them—a brutal road trip that includes contests against three of the Eastern Conference’s best—the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, and the Philadelphia Flyers (they skate at Anaheim to end the ten-game stretch), it will be quite the struggle for the Kings to come out of that six-game trip with even a .500 record.

The problem is that the Kings need to come out of that six-game trip with a winning record just to stay in the hurt for playoff berth in the National Hockey League’s ultra-competitive Western Conference. But to do that, they will need more from top center Anze Kopitar, who is mired in yet another of his all-too-familiar goal scoring droughts, with just one goal in his last 19 games, and none in his last nine games. His last goal came on January 15, in a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Go Into All-Star Break On A High After Huge Win Over Sharks

LOS ANGELES — After a skid where they lost ten out of twelve games, the Los Angeles Kings were painfully close to seeing their epitaph written in terms of their playoff hopes, and it is only the third week of January. Read more of this post

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