Ontario Reign Faces Lake Erie Monsters In AHL’s Western Conference Finals

Ontario Reign center Nic Dowd
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — When the Ontario Reign open the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Finals tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena (8:00 PM PDT), they will do so against a virtually unknown opponent.

Indeed, the Reign have not played the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets) this season. As such, at least in terms of actual on-ice experience, the two teams know nothing about each other.

But there’s always video, scouting and good’ol phone calls.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Muzzin, Lucic Interviews After LA Kings’ 3-2 Loss To Columbus

LOS ANGELES — Alec Martinez scored a power play goal in the first period, Jeff Carter added another with time winding down in the third period, and Anze Kopitar finally recorded his first assist of the season, but it wasn’t enough, as the Los Angeles Kings dropped a 3-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center on Thursday night.

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Frozen Royalty Video: That 70’s Line Leads LA Kings To Record-Setting Win Over Columbus

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have only one line that’s scoring goals, but they’ve been so prolific, they’ve led the team to a 6-0-0 record to close out their home stand—a franchise record—the latest being a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets during a matinee affair at Staples Center on October 26.

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Marian Gaborik Has Been Just What The Doctor Ordered For The LA Kings


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When players move from one team to another, especially at the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, the adjustment that a player has to make, both on the ice and off, is never easy. But veteran left wing Marian Gaborik seems to have made the transition from his old team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, to the Los Angeles Kings, with remarkable ease.

Since he was acquired on March 5, 2014, Gaborik has played in twelve games, scoring three goals and contributing five assists for eight points, with a +1 plus/minus rating, and four penalty minutes.

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LA Kings Trade For Marian Gaborik Is A Good One, But…

NEWS/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings made quite the splash on Trade Deadline Day 2014, with the acquisition of high-powered sniper Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Was this a good trade for the Kings? A bad one? Does it push them ahead of the pack of legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? For answers to these questions, and for comments on the deal from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, read on…


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now former Los Angeles Kings right wing Matt Frattin was skating during the Kings’ March 5 practice when the news broke that he had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with a 2014 or 2015 second round draft pick (obtained from Toronto in the June 23, 2013 trade that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Toronto, in exchange for Frattin, and goaltender Ben Scrivens; Toronto has the option on the year), and a conditional third round draft pick, in exchange for oft-injured sniper Marian Gaborik.

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