LA Kings Appear To Have Just One Spot Left To Fill On Blue Line

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Following the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Kings lost defensemen Sean O’Donnell, Randy Jones and later in the summer, Matt Greene.

While O’Donnell and Jones signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively, Greene underwent shoulder surgery is expected to miss the first month of the 2010-11 season, at least.

That left the Kings undermanned on the blue line, but, even with Greene out of the lineup, the Kings defenseman corps looks to be better than last year’s model.

That improvement began with the loss of Jones—addition by subtraction. It continued with the Kings’ acquisition of veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was signed to a two-year unrestricted free agent contract worth $3.5 million per year on August 25, 2010. Read more of this post

LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray Talks Defense, Goaltending

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In part 2 of a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray, we look at the Kings’ defense and goaltending as their 2010 training camp approaches. Look for the third and final installment of this series on Thursday, September 9.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the saying goes in hockey, defense and goaltending is what wins championships and for the Los Angeles Kings, while their goaltending looks to be on the rise, there may be a question or two on defense, despite the presence of James Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty and the increasingly confident Jack Johnson. Read more of this post

LA Kings Can Get Past Vancouver Canucks If They Put It All Together

LOS ANGELES — Quit pinching yourselves, Los Angeles hockey fans. You are not dreaming.

Yes, the Los Angeles Kings have made the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and for just the fifth time since 1993, when the Wayne Gretzky-led Kings went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Read more of this post

LA Kings To Face Vancouver Canucks In First Round Of NHL Playoffs


UPDATE: Fox Sports West or Prime Ticket will televise all games in the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings first round playoff series. Radio broadcasts to move to KLAC AM 570.

On the strength of a come-from-behind, 2-1 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver on April 11, combined with a 3-2 overtime win by the Detroit Red Wings over the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings ended the 2009-10 regular season in sixth place in the Western Conference and headed for a first round playoff matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

After trailing since near the midpoint of the first period, the Kings took over in the third period.

Kings center Jarret Stoll deflected a point shot by defenseman Matt Greene that beat Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson at the 15:28 mark to tie the game. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Still Can’t Put It All Together In Shootout Loss To Oilers

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LOS ANGELES — In recent weeks, if it’s not one thing, it’s another, for the Los Angeles Kings.

Indeed, whether it has been uninspired play, too many penalties, poor puck support and the inability to generate a forecheck, or not getting traffic and pucks to the net, the Kings have been struggling to find their game, and that was evident once again in a 4-3 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers during a matinee affair on April 10 at Staples Center. Read more of this post


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