LA Kings Open 2011-12 Season With 3-2 OT Win Over New York Rangers On NHL Video

The Los Angeles Kings got the new season off to a roaring start with a 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm, Sweden as part the NHL Premiere Series.

Center Anze Kopitar opened the scoring for the Kings at 10:51 of the first period, after right wing Justin Williams picked up a loose puck inside the Rangers blue line. He skated through the left circle before tossing a saucer pass across to Kopitar, who one-timed his shot from just below the right face-off dot, beating Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist top shelf, just inside the right goal post. Read more of this post


2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Could Contend For Pacific Division, Western Conference Titles

2011-12 LOS ANGELES KINGS PREVIEW: The 2011-12 National Hockey League season begins tonight with the first three games of the season. Even though the Los Angeles Kings have another day before they begin the new season, let’s take an in-depth look at the team and their outlook for 2011-12.

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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a few seasons of rebuilding from scratch, followed by a couple of years of building upon that foundation, the Los Angeles Kings are at a unique point in their 44-year history, one in which they are on the verge of becoming a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, not to mention a perennial winner.

In other words, after five seasons, the Kings are right where Dean Lombardi hoped they would be when he laid out his plan for the franchise after taking over as President/General Manager of the team in April 2006.

But that was five-and-a-half years ago, so let’s review, shall we? Read more of this post

LA Kings 2011 Training Camp: Netminder Jonathan Bernier Is Focused On His Game…And Nothing Else

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: On Day 2 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011 Training Camp, backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier talked about what he is focusing on heading into the new season, head coach Terry Murray talked about defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey’s development taking big strides, and about Jack Johnson’s play in the defensive zone. Raw audio interviews included.

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier is shown here during a drill at
the Kings’ 2011 Training Camp on September 17, 2011.
Photo: David Sheehan.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With defenseman Drew Doughty still unsigned and nowhere near Southern California, the big news out of Day 2 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011 Training Camp was that veteran right wing Justin Williams was absent after being stricken by flu.

Day 2 of training camp was much the same as Day 1, with three groups of players going through two sessions of drills, followed by a tough conditioning skate.

While management, coaches, scouts and development staff watched intently, evaluating players, prospects and those in camp on tryout status, one area they do not have to pay as much attention to is in goal. Read more of this post

Making Do Without Doughty: Los Angeles Kings Open 2011 Training Camp

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011 Training Camp begins with details on who might get ice time as a replacement for holdout defenseman Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar’s ankle and how it held up on the first day, more on Dustin Penner’s conditioning, and on Dustin Brown trying to build chemistry with new line mates. Includes 15 audio interviews from Day 1 of training camp.

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner lost more weight during the 2011 off-season than originally believed.
Photo: David Sheehan.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for the first time during their 2011 Training Camp on Saturday, September 17, and, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or vacationing in a desolate, primitive area, isolated from the hockey world, you know that defenseman Drew Doughty is in the midst of a contract dispute with the Kings, and is now a holdout.

Indeed, the 21-year-old defenseman was nowhere to be found when the Kings hit the ice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, their practice facility.

With no end in sight in the Doughty saga, the story was not just his absence, but who might fill his skate boots should he continue to holdout.

“The plans [for training camp] do not change at all,” said head coach Terry Murray. “We’re going to miss Doughty. I wish he was here to be a part of it. He’s a very important player, he’s a big part of the locker room, and a fun guy to be around. He’s a great player for us, but the plans do not change for the training camp. We have to get ready for the start of the year.” Read more of this post

Terry Murray: Added Talent Up Front Does Not Mean A New Style Of Play Is On The Horizon For LA Kings

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the addition of center Mike Richards and left wing Simon Gagne over the summer, the Los Angeles Kings’ top two lines are both legitimate offensive threats, something head coach Terry Murray has not had at his disposal since his arrival in Los Angeles. What impact will they have on the team, and how will their presence change the Kings’ style of play? Also includes an update on veteran left wing Dustin Penner. Part 4 of a series.

Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray outlines a drill for his players during practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since Terry Murray signed on as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on July 17, 2008, his teams have had mixed results in the offensive zone, struggling to score goals in five-on-five situations.

Last season, the power play went south to join the five-on-five scoring, leading the Kings downward to rank 25th in National Hockey League in goals scored.

But with the addition of skilled, veteran forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne to the lineup—both were acquired earlier this summer—the Kings are expected to turn things around in the offensive zone in 2011-12. Read more of this post