LA Kings Darryl Sutter Talks Helicopters, Prophecies After Wednesday Practice

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been on the ice for more than his share of goals against this season, a fact that has not gone unnoticed.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite returning from their five-game Grammy road trip with a losing 2-3-0 record, the mood was rather upbeat in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room following practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, on February 13.

The reason? Even though they were just 1-1 in the final two games of that road trip, the Kings played their best hockey of the season, which could give them the badly-needed push needed to propel them into the Western Conference playoff race.

“I thought, in the Detroit game [on February 10, a 3-2 loss], we actually played better [than at St. Louis on February 11, a 4-1 win],” said veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi. “We deserved those two points. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen, but it was a huge step in the right direction for our group of guys, trying to play the right way, given our game, playing with some desperation, and some passion.”

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Is It Time For The Los Angeles Kings To Trade For A Defenseman?

Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson got behind the defense on this play
to score a goal at 7:01 of the second period, helping lead his team
to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Bridgestone Arena in
Nashville on Feburary 7, 2013.
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LOS ANGELES — After a 3-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Nashville Predators on February 7 in Nashville, the Los Angeles Kings have dropped to 3-4-2 to start the abbreviated 2013 campaign.

Indeed, after raising their black, white and silver 2012 Stanley Cup banner on January 19, the Kings are now raising red flags due to their inconsistent play in the offensive zone, and lots of blatant defensive blunders in the neutral zone and especially in their own zone—they look nothing like the team that dominated the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Frozen Royalty Audio and Video: LA Kings Find Offense, But Lose Defense at Anaheim

ANAHEIM — Nick Bonino recorded the first hat trick of his National Hockey League career, rookie and Southern California native Emerson Etem had two assists for the first points of his NHL career, and Bobby Ryan also had two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center in Anaheim on February 2.

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Sluggish Start By Los Angeles Kings Was All Too Predictable

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner (right), shown here with goaltender
Jonathan Quick (left), during a recent practice session.
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LOS ANGELES — Following the Los Angeles Kings’ third period collapse, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on January 22, based on the reaction across the World Wide Web, one would think the sky is falling, Dustin Penner is back to being the worst player in the history of the game, and the Kings are doomed.

Of course, in an abbreviated season, every game counts that much more, and there is almost no time for a team to catch up if they dig themselves into a hole early in the season.

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LA Kings Training Camp Update: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier Won’t Sulk Despite Trade Request

TRAINING CAMP: The pace and the contact were on the rise during Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp. After practice, Dustin Brown talked about what he believes is most important to focus on during the short training camp, Darryl Sutter raved about forward prospect Tyler Toffoli, Dean Lombardi commented on the loss of defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey via the waiver wire, and Jonathan Bernier provided some assurances regarding where his mental game is at going into another season as the backup netminder. Includes raw audio interviews.


Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Los Angeles Kings training camp saw the team focusing on game situations and drills with more contact than in previous days.

“It was our fourth practice today, and we built a little bit of game situations and contact into it,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “We really liked [how things went] today. We liked the pace, the compete [level].”

The goalies got more out of Tuesday’s practice as well.

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