Not Over-Thinking Things, Family Aspect Are Helping Milan Lucic To Fit With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Being the new kid in school is usually tough for any student. Indeed, after being uprooted from comfortable, familiar surroundings where you have established friendships, maybe even boyfriends or girlfriends, you are suddenly dropped into a new school in a new city or town where you are, almost literally, on a deserted island—you feel alone and isolated, having to fit in all over again.

Being the new kid in school is not all that unlike what a hockey player feels like, especially a veteran, when they move from one team to another, as Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic has done this season.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Toffoli, Quick, Kopitar Lead LA Kings To 3-0 Win Over Carolina

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Anze Kopitar added another, and Jonathan Quick made 40 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center in Los Angeles in October 23.

With the win, the Kings have won four straight games. It was also Quick’s first shutout of the season, and the 38th of his National Hockey League career.

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Frozen Royalty Video: McNabb, Muzzin and Toffoli After 2-1 Win Over Colorado

LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored at 13:38 of the first period, and Tyler Toffoli scored a breakaway goal at 16:20 of the second period to help lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Yes, It’s Very Early, But What Ails The Los Angeles Kings?

Forward Trevor Lewis, shown here during practice on October 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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ALSO: Don’t miss the latest Sutter-ism from Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter!


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 0-2 to start the 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season, and although they were better in their second game, a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on October 9 at Staples Center, than they were in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks during their home and season opener on October 7, the Kings are not playing very well to start the new season.

“There’s been [defensive zone] breakdowns, some forecheck bounces—[opposing teams] have scored some goals, and have taken us out of the game,” said right wing Tyler Toffoli. “It’s hard to come back when they’re scoring early goals.”

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LA Kings Tanner Pearson Is Looking For Chemistry and Consistency Right Off The Bat

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — January 10, 2015 marked the start of the second half of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season for the Los Angeles Kings, proved to be a huge, dark cloud that would hang over the remainder of their season with the loss of then-rookie left wing Tanner Pearson.

That night, the Kings skated against the Winnipeg Jets, suffering a 5-4 shootout loss, but more significantly, Pearson slammed into the end boards, feet first, breaking his left leg.

To that point in the season, Pearson was still in the conversation for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, having scored twelve goals and adding 14 assists, with 14 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 42 games.

Head coach Darryl Sutter indicated that Pearson was on the verge of returning to the lineup when the Kings’ 2014-15 season ended rather unceremoniously last April, as they missed the playoffs.

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