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LA Kings Defenseman Robyn Regher Is Close To Returning, But…

LA Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr
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LOS ANGELES — Even if he does not return to action in tonight’s Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regher is getting closer and closer to returning.

“That’ll be a coaches’ decision,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been working hard at getting back to feeling like I can be ready to roll. At this point, it’s whatever [head coach] Darryl [Sutter] would like me to be. If he feels like he’d like me in the lineup, I feel like I’m ready to go, and if he wants to stay with the same lineup that was successful in Game 7 against Chicago, I totally understand that, too.”

“As a player, coming off a fairly substantial injury and missing a significant amount of time, you work as hard as possible, both on and off the ice, to be as [well-prepared] as you can [be],” he added. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”

But after stating that he feels that he’s ready to go, Regehr backed off that statement.

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2014 Stanley Cup Final Media Day – In Photos

A large banner hung at the Star Plaza entrance at Staples Center in Los Angeles marks the eve of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, featuring the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, with Game 1 scheduled for June 4, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — June 3 was media day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, pitting the Los Angeles Kings against the New York Rangers, with Game 1 scheduled for June 4, starting at 5:00 PM PDT, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Both teams practiced at Staples Center, and after their respective sessions, head coaches and general managers, along with players, met with the media.

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LA Kings Have 77 Reasons To Be Comfortable, Confident Heading Into Game 7 In Chicago

2014 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL – GAME 7: The last thing the Los Angeles Kings wanted to do was return to Chicago for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. But even though they’re in the Windy City, preparing for tonight’s game, they are doing so with comfort and confidence. Final segment of a two-part story.


LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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LOS ANGELES — As reported in Part 1 of this two-part story, the Los Angeles Kings wanted anything but to return to Chicago, but that is exactly what they had to do after losing Game 6 of their 2014 Western Conference Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 30 in Los Angeles.

Despite that, the Kings are not uncomfortable about being back in the Windy City for tonight’s Game 7 (5:00 PM PDT). After all…

  • The Kings are 6-4 all-time in Game 7’s.
  • They have a combined 77 games of Game 7 experience.
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Anze Kopitar’s Improvement In Face-Off Circle Is A Key Factor In LA Kings’ Playoff Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar (right), shown here being pursued by
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Kane.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One of the reasons the Los Angeles Kings have made it all the way to Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final has been their ability to possess the puck, and as players and coaches will tell you, puck possession begins in the face-off circle.

Kings Center Jarret Stoll has been one of the best in the National Hockey League in the face-off circle since his days with the Edmonton Oilers. But star center Anze Kopitar, now one of the best face-off men in the league, has had to really work on face-offs, a part of his game that was rather deficient when he started out.

In 2006-07, his rookie season, Kopitar won just 46.1 percent of his draws. It took him five seasons before he really improved, jumping up to 53.8 percent in the 2011-12 season, even though his percentage dropped to 48.6 percent during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Kings won the Stanley Cup.

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