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Marian Gaborik Has Been Just What The Doctor Ordered For The LA Kings


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When players move from one team to another, especially at the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, the adjustment that a player has to make, both on the ice and off, is never easy. But veteran left wing Marian Gaborik seems to have made the transition from his old team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, to the Los Angeles Kings, with remarkable ease.

Since he was acquired on March 5, 2014, Gaborik has played in twelve games, scoring three goals and contributing five assists for eight points, with a +1 plus/minus rating, and four penalty minutes.

On the season, he has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating and ten penalty minutes in 34 games.

More important is the fact that before Gaborik arrived, the Kings, who are 8-3-0 with him in their lineup, were scoring a measly 2.17 goals per game (GPG). But since he joined the team, they have scored 2.75 GPG, which would rank them 14th in the NHL in goal scoring, if that was their full season average (Kings are ranked 24th, averaging 2.41 goals per game for the season).

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National Hockey League Adopts Hybrid Icing: It’s About Time

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: Hybrid icing has been instituted in the National Hockey League. Frozen Royalty’s take: Long overdue. What’s your take on the issue? Audio of Los Angeles Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter’s thoughts about hybrid icing is also included.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — After experimenting with it in exhibition games this season, the National Hockey League has instituted hybrid icing for all games, effective this season.

For those who may not be aware of how hybrid icing differs from the “touch icing,” where players had to chase down the puck and touch it to get the linesman’s whistle to blow, here’s the text of the new icing rule:

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Even With New Player Safety Efforts, Discipline In The NHL Is Still A Huge Joke

COMMENTARY: Despite efforts over the last couple of years to help everyone better understand their process, procedures and rules, supplementary discipline in the National Hockey League is as big a joke as it ever was, and it will continue to be unless one key change is made.


Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown
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LOS ANGELES — On April 24, Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown was suspended two games, without pay, for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville at 10:04 of the second period in a game at Minnesota on April 23, a 2-1 Wild victory.

No penalty was called on the play.

Brown will forfeit $34,324.32 in salary, with the money going to Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Whether you agree with the decision by National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan or not, what is crystal-clear is that despite the league’s noble efforts over the past couple of years, supplementary discipline in the NHL is as much of a joke as it ever was.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Tame The Wild Early In 3-0 Win Over Minnesota

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored goals on the Los Angeles Kings’ first two shots of the game, just 1:38 apart, leading their team to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

Williams opened the scoring just 1:29 into the first period, finishing off an outnumbered attack with a blistering snap shot from the right circle, beating Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom over his right shoulder.

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