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Tobias Rieder Brings “Upper Level” Speed To LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings newly-acquired forward Tobias Rieder
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — For newly-acquired forward Tobias Rieder, the last 24 hours or so has been quite the whirlwind after he was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, along with goaltender Scott Wedgewood, from the Arizona Coyotes, in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

“The last few hours have been really exciting, meeting a bunch of great guys,” he said. “I’m just happy to be here and push for the playoffs.”

“The Kings are a well-known organization that you always look up to,” he added.

Rieder, 25, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, played in 58 games this season with the Coyotes, scoring eight goals and tallying eleven assists for 19 points, with a -11 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes.

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Watching Instead of Playing Has Worked Wonders For LA Kings Alex Iafallo

Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Alex Iafallo (right), shown here during a recent practice
with forward Adrian Kempe (left)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Alex Iafallo didn’t score a lot of goals to start the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. But his speed and uncanny ability to force turnovers and come up with loose pucks made him a valuable asset on a line with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar for most of the season—he played very well, despite not putting up gobs and gobs of points on the score sheet.

In 52 games, the 24-year-old, 6-0, 185-pound native of Eden, New York has scored six goals and has added 13 assists for 19 points, with a +8 plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes.

Indeed, Iafallo was rather impressive, right off the bat. But like so many young players, that didn’t last.

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When The LA Kings Win, Trevor Lewis Usually Has Something To Do With It

Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Don’t look now, but not only has Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis scored a career-high 13 goals in 52 games this season, but…get this…he’s on pace to score 21 goals this season.

But before you get too excited about that possibility, the reality is that as injured forward Jeff Carter gets closer and closer to returning (no, there is nothing new to report on Carter), the chances of Lewis reaching the 20-goal mark grows increasingly remote.

“Sometimes, with guys out, you get a little more opportunity,” said head coach John Stevens. “Jeff has been out all year, and now Adrian [Kempe’s] got, I think, 15 goals now. When we get Jeff back in our lineup, those guys, [Lewis included], will become our secondary scoring. The opportunities on the power play may not be there as often.”

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Sloppy, Careless Play Is “Definitely A Huge Concern” For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after coming from ahead to drop a 4-3 decision to the Calgary Flames on January 4 in Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings went over their performance, especially their poor second period, during meetings at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

“We weren’t very good in Calgary,” said head coach John Stevens. “That was one of our poorer games of the year, probably. I thought we got off to a good start, but we mismanaged the puck, didn’t match their level of urgency, and spent too much time in our zone. Even their third and fourth lines created a lot with their urgency.”

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For LA Kings Rookie Alex Iafallo, “It’s Wall Play”

Los Angeles Kings forward Alex Iafallo (center), shown here during a recent practice with
goaltender Jonathan Quick and defenseman Derek Forbort (right)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After the Los Angeles Kings’ overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on December 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a reporter noted that rookie forward Alex Iafallo was not on the ice very much, and asked head coach John Stevens if Iafallo was hurt.

“He was not hurt,” said Stevens, very abruptly, and without elaboration.

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, to be sure.

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