Mental Preparation, Focus Are Keys For LA Kings Heading Into Grammy Road Trip

I think we should use this game as a wake-up call. We got our asses
kicked. We’ve got to use that as motivation to be better.
– LA Kings
captain Dustin Brown (shown here during practice on January 21,
2013), after his team’s 7-4 loss at Anaheim
on February 2, 2013.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings began their annual Grammy Awards road trip on February 2 (Staples Center is being prepared for Sunday’s Grammy Awards), a 7-4 loss at Anaheim, they did not actually leave Southern California until Monday morning headed, for their first stop in Columbus, Ohio, where they will skate against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight (4:00 PM PST, Fox Sports West).

After tonight, the Kings will then play at Nashville, Detroit and St. Louis before a three-day hiatus in the schedule (February 12 – 14), before they host Columbus on February 15.

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Frozen Royalty Audio and Video: LA Kings Find Offense, But Lose Defense at Anaheim

ANAHEIM — Nick Bonino recorded the first hat trick of his National Hockey League career, rookie and Southern California native Emerson Etem had two assists for the first points of his NHL career, and Bobby Ryan also had two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center in Anaheim on February 2.

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Opportunity Is Knocking For Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Davis Drewiske

LA Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After playing in just 109 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings over the previous four seasons, including a career-low nine games last season, defenseman Davis Drewiske must have felt like he was just spinning his wheels, at times, terribly frustrated with the major lack of ice time.

Of course, Drewiske was the seventh defenseman on the Kings’ depth chart, and heading into the shortened 2013 National Hockey League season, it looked like he was in for more of the same. But Willie Mitchell underwent off-season knee surgery, and is still out of the lineup. Further, Matt Greene was lost to a herniated disc, requiring back surgery that will keep him out of the lineup until at least late March.

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Sluggish Start By Los Angeles Kings Was All Too Predictable

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner (right), shown here with goaltender
Jonathan Quick (left), during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Following the Los Angeles Kings’ third period collapse, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on January 22, based on the reaction across the World Wide Web, one would think the sky is falling, Dustin Penner is back to being the worst player in the history of the game, and the Kings are doomed.

Of course, in an abbreviated season, every game counts that much more, and there is almost no time for a team to catch up if they dig themselves into a hole early in the season.

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Signing Rob Scuderi Was A Turning Point In LA Kings’ Journey To A Stanley Cup Championship

LA Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although it took a little longer than hoped, part of Dean Lombardi’s plan has finally worked, now that the Los Angeles Kings have won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

Back in April 2006, when he was hired as President/General Manager of the Kings, Lombardi’s plan was, not just to build a team that could win the Stanley Cup, but to build one that would be a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

To be sure, part of his plan has come to fruition, and in dramatic fashion, especially if you look closely at how the Kings have evolved from the time he took over the general manager’s chair.

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