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Los Angeles Kings Will Need A Miracle To Win First Round Series Against San Jose

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (right) will return to the lineup for Game 1 of his team’s first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks on April 14, 2011 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With less than 16 hours left, at the time of this writing, before the Los Angeles Kings open their first round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion in San Jose (7:00 PM PDT, televised in Southern California on Fox Sports West, nationally on Versus, and in Canada on TSN and RDS), one thing is clear…

…without star center Anze Kopitar, it will take a miracle for the Kings to win this series and advance to the second round. Read more of this post

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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.

Logo courtesy National Hockey League

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

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