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LA Kings Think They Can Reach “Another Level”

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The mood was subdued at the Los Angeles Kings practice facility in El Segundo, California the day after their 2-1 double overtime loss in Game 2 of their first round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

But the subdued mood was only because after such a long, grueling game and a flight home, they did not skate on Saturday, choosing rest, re-hydration, and recovery instead.

“You get fluids into [yourselves],” said forward Jeff Carter. “We got in here and got moving, a little bit. We’ve got a lot of guys who’ve been through it before. It’s nothing new.”

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Drew Doughty Suspension Is Just The Latest Example of the Need To Reform Supplementary Discipline in the NHL

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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LOS ANGELES — As reported by numerous media outlets, and by yours truly on Twitter, the National Hockey League has suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier at 9:58 of the third period of Game 1 of their first round playoff series on April 11, at T-Mobile Arena.

As one might expect, opinions on what transpired on the play vary wildly, from claims that Doughty made no contact with Carrier’s head whatsoever, to those saying that Doughty was headhunting, and everything in between.

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LA Kings Have The Advantage over Vegas Golden Knights in the First Round

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Just hours from now, the city of Las Vegas will host its first major playoff game, with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Los Angeles Kings in their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The Golden Knights have quickly built a solid fan base that has made for a very loud T-Mobile Arena, which will likely be even louder in the post-season.

“[One] thing is just the environment there, in Las Vegas,” said Kings winger Dustin Brown. “They’ve been loud for 41 regular season games. Now they get a taste of the playoffs. There’s probably a lot of excitement in that city. We have to be prepared to go in there and deal with that atmosphere.”

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LA Kings Assistant GM Michael Futa On Newly-Acquired Defenseman Daniel Brickley

Los Angeles Kings rookie defenseman David Brickley (foreground)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — While they were winning Stanley Cup Championships in 2012 and 2014, while they were a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in 2013, and when they thought they still had a chance to win a championship in 2015, the Los Angeles Kings gambled by trading away first round draft picks that they used to acquire players who they believed would put them over the top.

In most cases, the gamble worked well for the Kings. But as their window for winning championships began to close, that gamble, as it does more often than not when that window is closing, resulted in the cupboard being quite bare when it came to higher-end talent coming up through the ranks. But that is what championship teams are supposed to—draft and develop their young prospects well in order to build their team through the draft and to stockpile players that other teams covet for use in trades to bring in the final pieces of the puzzle.

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It’s Been A Tough Season For LA Kings D Kevin Gravel

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel (center) shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that the 2017-18 season has been a tough one for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel might be understating things just a bit.

Last season, Gravel played 49 games with the Kings. But this season, he was a late training camp cut and he began the season back in the American Hockey League with the Ontario Reign.

But Gravel’s demotion was mostly a long-term conditioning assignment after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last summer.

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