LISTEN: Frozen Royalty On Montreal Hockey Talk Radio: Pre-Game, LA Kings vs. Canadiens

On December 17, 2015, prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, I was a guest on MontrealHockeyTalk.com’s pre-game show during their Behind Enemy Lines segment, sharing what’s been happening with the Kings of late with hosts Steven Hindle, Steve Farnham, and “Coach K”.

During the almost 17-minute interview, we talked about Anze Kopitar, Milan Lucic, Jonathan Quick, how the sport of hockey is growing in Southern California, and more.

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Yes, It’s Very Early, But What Ails The Los Angeles Kings?

Forward Trevor Lewis, shown here during practice on October 12, 2015, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

ALSO: Don’t miss the latest Sutter-ism from Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter!


EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are a surprising 0-2 to start the 2015-16 National Hockey League regular season, and although they were better in their second game, a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on October 9 at Staples Center, than they were in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks during their home and season opener on October 7, the Kings are not playing very well to start the new season.

“There’s been [defensive zone] breakdowns, some forecheck bounces—[opposing teams] have scored some goals, and have taken us out of the game,” said right wing Tyler Toffoli. “It’s hard to come back when they’re scoring early goals.”

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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: March 30, 2015 Edition

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, shown here at a recent practice,
was the only reason his team didn’t lose by a wider margin than
4-1 at Chicago on March 30, 2015.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings got their helmets handed to them after a lackluster performance in the Windy City, where the Chicago Blackhawks had a very easy time dispatching the Kings, 4-1, on March 30.

With the loss, the Kings ended their five-game road trip with a decent 3-2 record.

To make matters worse, both the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks won their games, digging the Kings into an even deeper hole.

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LA Kings Have Re-Discovered “Kings Hockey,” Perhaps Just In The Nick Of Time

AUDIO: Includes audio of media interviews with Matt Greene, Jake Muzzin and head coach Darryl Sutter after practice on Feburary 23, 2015.


LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning seven straight games to move themselves, for at least one day, anyway, into third place in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Kings are firing on all cylinders, and as previously reported in this space, they’re doing it by playing Kings Hockey, a term used by the players off and on since last season.

Kings Hockey is when they smother opposing teams in the defensive zone, recovering pucks and breaking out quickly from their zone. That allows the Kings to generate speed through the neutral zone on attack. That speed is critical to their ability to beat opposing defensemen to loose pucks deep in the attacking zone, allowing them to get in on the forecheck, and create scoring chances off of that.

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