Not Over-Thinking Things, Family Aspect Are Helping Milan Lucic To Fit With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Being the new kid in school is usually tough for any student. Indeed, after being uprooted from comfortable, familiar surroundings where you have established friendships, maybe even boyfriends or girlfriends, you are suddenly dropped into a new school in a new city or town where you are, almost literally, on a deserted island—you feel alone and isolated, having to fit in all over again.

Being the new kid in school is not all that unlike what a hockey player feels like, especially a veteran, when they move from one team to another, as Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic has done this season.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Andreoff, Doughty, Carter, Sutter After 4-3 OT Win Over Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Andy Andreoff netted his first goal of the season, and Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.

With their victory over the top team in the Western Conference, the Kings extended their winning streak to seven games.

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LA Kings Tanner Pearson Is Looking For Chemistry and Consistency Right Off The Bat

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — January 10, 2015 marked the start of the second half of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season for the Los Angeles Kings, proved to be a huge, dark cloud that would hang over the remainder of their season with the loss of then-rookie left wing Tanner Pearson.

That night, the Kings skated against the Winnipeg Jets, suffering a 5-4 shootout loss, but more significantly, Pearson slammed into the end boards, feet first, breaking his left leg.

To that point in the season, Pearson was still in the conversation for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, having scored twelve goals and adding 14 assists, with 14 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 42 games.

Head coach Darryl Sutter indicated that Pearson was on the verge of returning to the lineup when the Kings’ 2014-15 season ended rather unceremoniously last April, as they missed the playoffs.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Issues Challenge To Doughty, Kopitar, Quick

LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaking to the media during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi held another one of his patented, epic media conference calls on June 2, 2015, and during that call, he made it crystal-clear that he is expecting much more next season from his top three players, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick.

Lombardi stressed that the challenge begins with their conditioning.

“I’m expecting these three to come back—they’ve never been at the top of our list, in terms of conditioning, and I think that’s going to be the first step for these guys, [for them] to say, ‘OK, it’s my turn,’” said Lombardi. “I think our top players have a chance now to become our best conditioned players. I think any great team—and you can look at the [Nicklas] Lidstroms, the [Steve] Yzermans, the [Tom] Bradys, all those teams, Kobe Bryant—the top players set the mark. It’s not the coach or anybody that gets in their ear. They show up in the top condition, ready to go for a full 82 games.”

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 4, 2015

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during a recent practice.
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LOS ANGELES — Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik scored goals, and Jeff Carter and Robyn Regehr each contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

The Kings dominated the game, in terms of puck possession, and they managed to limit the Avalanche to just three shots on goal in the first period, four in the second period, and only three in the third, for a total of ten shots in the game.

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