Frozen Royalty Audio and Video: LA Kings Offense Sputters in 2-1 SO Loss To Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Brandon Yip scored just 58 seconds into the game, and Sergei Kostitsyn was credited with the shootout game-winner to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on January 31.

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Anything Is Possible On July 1, But LA Kings Not Expected To Be Big Players In Unrestricted Free Agent Market

New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise is the top prize
in the 2012 unrestricted free agent frenzy.
Photo: Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On this, the eve of the Stanley Cup leaving town for the next six to eight weeks, as it begins its tour with Los Angeles Kings players during their “days with the Cup,” it is also the day of the “feeding frenzy,” otherwise known as the first day that National Hockey League teams can sign unrestricted free agents.

The grand prize out there this summer is forward Zach Parise, who is expected to get big offers from the Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Detroit Red Wings, in addition to his current team, the New Jersey Devils. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Add Six Prospects During 2012 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE: Even though they had the last pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings added six prospects to the fold this weekend. Also: news on veteran player signings, and an upcoming change to the coaching staff.

Logo Courtesy National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — Despite having the last pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings were busier than expected this past weekend.

After winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Kings earned the “privilege” of selecting last in first round of the draft. In spite of that disadvantage, they managed to add six prospects to their system, and they reached agreements in principle with two of their veteran forwards who would become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Center Jarret Stoll will sign a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.25 million per season, while center Colin Fraser will sign a two-year deal that will pay him $825,000 per season. Read more of this post

No Looking Back For Los Angeles Kings, Who Have Their Eyes Aimed Directly Ahead


Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards played poorly at Detroit on
March 10, 2012, but bounced back with a strong performance
at Chicago the following night.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Returning home after a salvaging a four-game road trip through Nashville, Columbus, Detroit and Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings have no time to look back with just 13 games remaining on their schedule.

Through games played on March 12, the Kings find themselves in 11th place, two points behind eighth-place Colorado for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Kings are also three points behind seventh-place Phoenix, and five points behind the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars.

If not for a poor effort at Columbus on March 8, and some atrocious defensive zone play late in their game at Detroit the following night, the Kings could easily be in seventh place in the conference. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Have Good Reasons To Be Optimistic Heading Into Tough, Crucial Road Trip

Los Angeles Kings right wing and team captain Dustin Brown issued a challenge to his teammates heading into their crucial
four-game road trip, starting on March 6, 2012, at Nashville.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings begin a tough, four-game road trip tonight in Nashville, they find themselves in ninth place in the Western Conference with 72 points, one point behind the eighth-place San Jose Sharks, and three points behind the Dallas Stars for the Pacific Division lead.

The Nashville Predators, currently fifth in the Western Conference with 83 points, are playing extremely well, especially at home, where they have earned a 21-7-5 record this season.

In fact, the Predators have not lost in regulation time in their last twelve home games, earning a 10-0-2 record during that stretch, their last home loss coming on January 5, a 4-1 loss to the Stars.

“[Nashville] is a tough place to play,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter. “They haven’t lost since Christ was a child.”

Moving right along…the Kings suffered a 2-1 loss at Nashville on February 27, a game in which they felt that they played well. Read more of this post


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