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LA Kings Have The Advantage over Vegas Golden Knights in the First Round

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Just hours from now, the city of Las Vegas will host its first major playoff game, with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Los Angeles Kings in their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The Golden Knights have quickly built a solid fan base that has made for a very loud T-Mobile Arena, which will likely be even louder in the post-season.

“[One] thing is just the environment there, in Las Vegas,” said Kings winger Dustin Brown. “They’ve been loud for 41 regular season games. Now they get a taste of the playoffs. There’s probably a lot of excitement in that city. We have to be prepared to go in there and deal with that atmosphere.”

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It’s Been A Tough Season For LA Kings D Kevin Gravel

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel (center) shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that the 2017-18 season has been a tough one for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel might be understating things just a bit.

Last season, Gravel played 49 games with the Kings. But this season, he was a late training camp cut and he began the season back in the American Hockey League with the Ontario Reign.

But Gravel’s demotion was mostly a long-term conditioning assignment after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last summer.

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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Has More Important Things To Worry About Than The Hart Memorial Trophy

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Don’t look now, but with 80 points so far this season, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar needs just one more point to match his career high in points, set in the 2009-10 season when he scored 34 goals and added 47 assists for 81 points in 82 games.

Through 71 games this season, Kopitar ranks eighth in the National Hockey League in overall scoring, with 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points, with a +16 plus/minus rating, 16 penalty minutes and a 53.9 percent face-off win percentage.

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Dion Phaneuf Has Fit In Nicely With The LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — It didn’t take long for veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf to make his presence known after he was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings from the Ottawa Senators on February 13.

In his first four games with his new team, the 32-year-old, 6-4, 225-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta scored three goals, and was the physical, sound defensive presence the Kings were hoping he would be.

“[Scoring those goals], that’s just a bonus,” said Phaneuf. “To be honest with you, I’ve had the opportunities—great passes. You work with your teammates and you try to contribute in any way you can, and luckily, they went in.”

“He’s been terrific,” said head coach John Stevens. “He’s a veteran guy who’s come in and played like a veteran guy but has also been very respectful to the people who [have already been here].”

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Jeff Carter Could Still Be “A Week Away” From Returning to the LA Kings Lineup

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you’re keeping your fingers crossed, hoping that forward Jeff Carter will return to the lineup tonight, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center, you’ll probably have to wait a little while longer.

A source close to the Kings has indicated that Carter is estimated to be about one week away from returning, and based on comments made during interviews after practice on February 23, it seems very unlikely that he’ll be ready to go tonight, and perhaps not even for the home-and-home series against the Vegas Golden Knights on February 26 and 27.

Carter participated in a full practice with the team on February 23.

“I can skate in a straight line all day,” he said. “There’s still some little stuff that has to be worked on and we’ll continue to do that.”

Head coach John Stevens was impressed with Carter during practice.

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