Sutter Downplays LA Kings Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Scoring First NHL Goal

VIDEO: Watch video of Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter’s media interview after practice on March 17, when he talked about goaltender Jonathan Quick’s workload, and whether or not Quick is an elite goaltender.


LA Kings forward Andy Andreoff shows off the puck used when he scored his first NHL goal on March 16, 2015, during a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When a player scores his first National Hockey League goal, excitement extends from the ice to the players bench, into the stands, and even up to the press box, where the media are all abuzz, knowing how special a milestone this is for any player, and that it usually makes for a good story.

This was exactly the case on March 16, when forward Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On the play, winger Jordan Nolan fought off a check in the left corner. Gaining separation from his man, he spun, and passed across the low slot to Andreoff, who was parked below the right circle for a tap-in goal.

“I saw Nolan win a battle in the corner there, and he’s a good playmaker, so I knew he’d either put it in, or give it to me, and he gave it to me for a back door tap-in,” said Andreoff. “Nolan made a great play to me for a tap-in. I was happy that our line played well tonight.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Anze Kopitar Talks About New Baby, Fatherhood

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here at a recent practice.
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings family got a bit larger during the wee hours of the morning on March 14, 2015, when center Anze Kopitar and his wife, Ines, welcomed their first child into the world.

Ines Kopitar gave birth to their daughter, Neza (7-pounds, 2-ounces; pronounced NAY-zah), at 12:38 AM. Anze told reporters that baby and mother are doing just fine.

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Darryl Sutter Says LA Kings’ Top Players “Hit A Wall From The Last Three Years”

VIDEO: Includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings forwards Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli, along with head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on March 9, the Los Angeles Kings have been on quite the tear since the National Hockey League All-Star break, with a 13-6-1 record over their last 20 games, good for 27 out of a possible 40 points.

That’s a rather lofty winning percentage of .675.

“We just had to tune our game up and make sure that everybody does their thing, work on special teams, use our forecheck and speed, and make sure that we work as five guys out there,” said left wing Marian Gaborik. “We have been doing that really well lately.”

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs – By The Numbers: March 9, 2015 Edition

VIDEO: Watch videos of interviews with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after practice on March 9, 2015.


LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Right after the National Hockey League All-Star break in late January, Frozen Royalty reported that, based on projections at the time, the Los Angeles Kings would likely need to reach the 96 or 97-point mark to secure third place in the Pacific Division, or 93 points to qualify for one of the wild card spots in the Western Conference playoff race—that’s a winning (points) percentage in their remaining games of .586 for the wild card spot and .583 for third place.

At the time, the Kings were 20-15-12, with 52 points. Fast forward to the present, and they have earned a 31-21-13 record, good for 75 points.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Luc Robitaille Reacts To Statue Unveiling

Luc Robitaille (left) and &ldquoVoice of the Kings” Bob Miller (right) look at a statue of Robitaille that was unveiled
on March 7, 2015, in Star Plaza at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES — On March 7, prior to the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) honored former Kings left wing and current President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille by erecting a statue of Robitaille in Star Plaza at Staples Center.

During a ceremony in which the statue was unveiled, Dan Beckerman, Chief Executive Officer, AEG, former Los Angeles Lakers guard and general manager Jerry West, former Kings defenseman and current assistant general manager Rob Blake, and former Kings superstar Wayne Gretzky addressed the crowd.

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