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Kings Sweep Pre-Season Doubleheader

PRE-SEASON: Los Angeles Kings win twice on Monday night; post-game audio interviews from game 2 at Staples Center.


LOS ANGELES — After reading the headline above, you’re probably thinking that someone made a mistake.

Nope. Guess again.

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings actually won two games within hours of each other to open their 2008-09 pre-season action with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, followed by a 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in a split-squad doubleheader of sorts. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings: Playoff Contention Slipping Away

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are, for all intents and purposes, out of playoff contention.

After winning just eight games between November 1 and December 31, the Kings now find themselves deep in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference cellar, fifteen points behind eighth-place Anaheim with forty games left in the regular season.

Last year, it took 96 points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, and since the 2001-02 season, a team has had to earn a minimum of 91 points in the standings to qualify for the post-season.

With just thirty points after 42 games, the Kings need 61 points to reach the 91-point plateau. That means they would need to win three out of every four games the rest of the way, and even though they accomplished just that over the last week, realistically speaking, winning three out of every four games is an insurmountable task for the young Kings. Read more of this post

2007-08 Los Angeles Kings: An Obituary

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings, a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League that has done little more than play mediocre (or worse) hockey throughout its history, died at home on Monday night. The Kings were forty years old. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings 2007 Training Camp Days 2 and 3

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The second and third days of the Los Angeles Kings 2007 training camp were highly competitive affairs as players fighting for roster spots in the very short camp were battling it out, both in scrimmages and in drills, trying to make a good impressions on the coaches and scouts in attendance at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the second day of camp, the Kings got an idea of what their line combinations and defensive pairings might be on opening night.

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Los Angeles Kings 2007 Camp Underway

EL SEGUNDO — The Los Angeles Kings are starting their 2007 training camp a bit earlier than other National Hockey League teams, with the exception of their neighbors about 35 miles to the south.

Why? They start the season with two games against their Stanley Cup Champion neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, in London, England on September 29 and 30, and before that, they will play two exhibition games in Salzburg, Austria on September 25 and 26.

As such, the Kings (and Ducks) were given a head start on the rest of the league, and on Monday, they opened their training camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. But the Kings will spend just nine days in Southern California before they leave town for their first road pre-season game at Colorado on September 19.

And even before that, they begin their pre-season schedule just three days into training camp at Anaheim on September 13.

With just three days before their first exhibition game, Kings head coach Marc Crawford and his staff have had to plan very carefully, and they wasted no time in drilling the systems the Kings will play this season into their players’ heads. Read more of this post