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LA Kings Want 4th or 5th Place In West, But Don’t Control Their Own Destiny

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite clinching a playoff berth on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings had much to play for going into a home-and-home series to end their 2010-11 regular season.

The equation was simple: win both games and clinch fourth place in the Western Conference, which would earn them home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

More important, the Kings would also avoid a first round matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, or Detroit Red Wings, the top three teams in the West. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings: Do Their Problems Run Deeper Than First Thought?

LOS ANGELES — Losers of six of their last seven games heading into their January 13 contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings have blown a huge opportunity.

Indeed, the Kings could have built a nice cushion for themselves in the hyper competitive Western Conference standings before playing ten straight games on the road in February while Staples Center hosts the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and the events surrounding the 60th NBA All-Star Game, among other events. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Predators Hand Sinking LA Kings Their Fifth Straight Loss

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are, once again, in free fall after dropping a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Staples Center on January 6.

The loss was their fifth straight defeat, all on home ice, and all due primarily to inconsistent play, much of that being the result of mental lapses and a poor work ethic. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Ryan Smyth Lifts LA Kings To 4-1 Win Over Nashville In Milestone Game

LOS ANGELES — Don’t look now Southern California, but even though the weather here has turned cool once again, the Los Angeles Kings are still smoking hot, and there is no sign of a cooling trend on the horizon.

Indeed, the Kings went into action on November 6 as the best team, not just in their own division or conference, but they sat alone atop the National Hockey League standings.

Hours later, after a decisive 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center, the Kings are still at the top of the heap, with a 10-3-0 record, good for twenty points in the standings.
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