Los Angeles Kings: Problems Start In Front Of Their Net, Not In It

LOS ANGELES — On Thanksgiving Day 2010 in the United States, the Los Angeles Kings are thankful that they played so well early in the season that their current slump—losing five of their last six games—has not moved them to the lower echelon of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference standings.

Their latest debacle, an embarrassing 4-1 blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on November 24, was a game in which the Kings were totally dominated by the Habs. Their embarrassing performance shined a bright light on how the Kings have lost their focus, especially when it comes to their defensive assignments. Read more of this post

Former LA Kings And Montreal Canadiens Great Rogie Vachon Still On The Outside Looking In

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the Hockey Hall of Fame inducting new members on November 8, 2010, it is appropriate to note that among the players who are deserving of induction but have been unjustly denied is former Los Angeles Kings superstar goaltender Rogie Vachon. The following story, which was originally published on November 28, 2009, is being re-published as a reminder that this travesty continues.


Rogie Vachon
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Many hockey fans in the Los Angeles area have at least heard of Rogie Vachon. They may know that he was the best goaltender ever to wear the jersey of the Los Angeles Kings. But few know of his accomplishments with the Kings and with the Montreal Canadiens prior to his arrival in Southern California.

Even fewer know that Vachon’s accomplishments rank him among the greatest goaltenders to have ever played the game, yet he continues to be denied the honor of being inducted into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF).

A close look at Vachon’s career statistics shows that he ranks ahead of a considerable number of goaltenders who were inducted into the HHOF years ago (for details, see Time To Right A Wrong: Hockey Hall of Fame Must Induct Rogie Vachon). Read more of this post

Jay Wells: A Stalwart On The Blue Line For The LA Kings

Jay Wells
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As they reminisce about their team, hockey fans generally remember the skilled, offensively gifted players, the star netminders, or the heavyweight enforcers.

They also remember players who are memorable for the wrong reasons. But rarely do they remember the guys in the trenches, the unsung heroes who do a lot of the dirty work, making things possible for the skilled players, but go mostly unnoticed.

The same applies to the Los Angeles Kings, as their fans easily remember stars like Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, Rogie Vachon and Rob Blake.

They also remember the players who were memorable for their sheer ineptitude, like Troy Crowder and Barry Potomski, among others. Read more of this post

LA Kings Running Out Of Time To Right Ship

LOS ANGELES — With thirteen games remaining in their 2009-10 regular season, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves headed in the wrong direction at the worst possible time.

The reason? Poor starts and shoddy, lazy play have been glaring problems for the Kings, who are just 3-4-1 since the Olympic break.

But even before that, when the Kings set a record with a nine-game winning streak from January 21 through February 6, 2010, the Kings got off to slow starts in most of those contests and had to struggle for come-from-behind wins. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Can’t Afford To Slide Into Playoffs

LOS ANGELES — For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Los Angeles Kings are looking like a playoff team, so much so that even if they play just .500 hockey over their remaining sixteen games, they are still likely to earn an invitation to the post-season party.

Heading into the Olympic break, the Kings were hot, earning a 12-2-1 record in their last fifteen games prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. But coming out of the break, the Kings have been a mixed bag, with a decisive 5-1 win at Dallas on March 2, followed by two extremely poor efforts at Nashville (4-2 loss) on March 4 and against Montreal (4-2 loss) on March 6. The Kings responded with a 6-0 blowout over the feeble Columbus Blue Jackets on March 8, but then they suffered a tough, 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on March 10. Read more of this post

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