Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings Need To Solve Power Play Woes Soon

LOS ANGELES — After a blazing hot 12-3-0 start to the season, followed by a stretch where they lost seven out of eight games, the Los Angeles Kings are now in a 4-0-1 stretch heading into St. Louis, where they will skate on December 16 against the Blues, who trail the Kings by two points in the Western Conference standings going into action on December 15.

This season, the Kings have won games primarily on the strength of their defense and the goaltending of Jonathan Quick, who is in the top five of all major goaltending statistics as of this writing.

Penalty-killing has been a big part of that defensive effort, as the Kings are ranked fourth in the National Hockey League, with an 86.0 percent rating.

But as Kings head coach Terry Murray often says, while penalty-killing can lose you a game, the power play can win it for your team, and, so far this season, the Kings’ power play has been anything but powerful… Read more of this post

LA Kings Add Offensive Depth By Acquiring Left Wing Marco Sturm

TRADE: Also includes post-game audio interviews from Minnesota Wild/Los Angeles Kings game on December 11, 2010.


LOS ANGELES — If anything has been crystal-clear about the Los Angeles Kings over the last couple of seasons, it is that they have a gaping hole in their lineup at left wing on their first line.

President/General Manager Dean Lombardi tried to fill that hole during the summer by going after then-unrestricted free agent superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk. But he signed with the New Jersey Devils and has led them to the second-worst record in the National Hockey League this season as of this writing. Read more of this post

Power Play Lifts LA Kings To 3-2 Shootout Win At Minnesota On NHL Video

Jarret Stoll and Anze Kopitar scored power play goals and Michal Handzus scored the shootout game-winner to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on October 25. Read more of this post

LA Kings Gamble By Signing Defenseman Willie Mitchell, Hoping For Big Payoff

EL SEGUNDO, CA — All summer long, fans of the Los Angeles Kings have been waiting with bated breath for their team to make off-season moves to improve the team, only to be let down in a big way, especially with superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk all but a virtual lock to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils, even after his initial contract was rejected by the National Hockey League because it circumvented the league salary cap [the NHL’s decision was later affirmed by an arbirator].

Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi had his sights set squarely on signing Kovalchuk, but even though the Kings were a major player in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes, they lost out to the Devils during the early July free agent frenzy. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Show Improvement On Road Trip-NHL Video

Going into their recent, quick two-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings were in free fall mode, losing games due to poor, uninspired efforts.

They put in a better effort against at Minnesota on March 29, but their poor special teams play helped lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win.

But the real improvement came on March 30, when the Kings skated into Music City to face the Nashville Predators, who are in fifth place in the Western Conference and are a team the Kings have been unable to beat in two seasons. Read more of this post

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