Cloutier Shines In 2-1 Overtime Loss To Canucks

LOS ANGELES — Prior to Monday night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings, news out of the Kings’ practice facility was that goaltender Dan Cloutier would get the start in goal.

Once that news came out, if you listened carefully enough, you could probably hear a collective groan from Kings fans across the region.

Seriously speaking, Cloutier has been anything but good for the Kings since his arrival in Los Angeles last season. In fact, the term “sieve,” would probably be considered too positive a description by some.

But you wouldn’t know it on Monday night, when Cloutier made 38 saves and almost single-handedly kept his team in the game. But in the end, the Canucks escaped Staples Center with a 2-1 overtime victory in front of an announced crowd of 14,653 fans. Read more of this post


Emergency Call-Up Ersberg Shines For LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Now that the distraction of the trade deadline has come and gone, the Los Angeles Kings can now finish their regular season and look ahead to the future in earnest.

Part of that future might be rookie goaltender Erik Ersberg, who was recalled under emergency conditions from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on February 21.

Ersberg shined in his first four appearances, earning a 1-1-2 record with a 1.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .952 save percentage. His win, which was his first in the National Hockey League, came on March 6 in a 2-0 shutout victory over one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, the Ottawa Senators.

In that game, Ersberg was the number one star of the game, stopping forty shots and swallowing up rebounds as if he was covered with some kind of adhesive. Pucks seemed to stick to him, something that was a common theme for him throughout the four appearances. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: A Modern-Day Jekyll And Hyde Story

LOS ANGELES — If there was ever anything clearly evident about the 2007-08 Los Angeles Kings, it is that they are hockey’s version of a modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Indeed, after beginning the season going 1-4-0 in their first five games, they went on to win four out of their next six games, and the rest of the season has gone much the same way—an up-and-down roller coaster ride. In fact, simply stating that you never know what Kings team you’re going to see on a given night would be quite the understatement. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Playoff Contention Slipping Away

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are, for all intents and purposes, out of playoff contention.

After winning just eight games between November 1 and December 31, the Kings now find themselves deep in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference cellar, fifteen points behind eighth-place Anaheim with forty games left in the regular season.

Last year, it took 96 points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference, and since the 2001-02 season, a team has had to earn a minimum of 91 points in the standings to qualify for the post-season.

With just thirty points after 42 games, the Kings need 61 points to reach the 91-point plateau. That means they would need to win three out of every four games the rest of the way, and even though they accomplished just that over the last week, realistically speaking, winning three out of every four games is an insurmountable task for the young Kings. Read more of this post

2007-08 Los Angeles Kings: An Obituary

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings, a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League that has done little more than play mediocre (or worse) hockey throughout its history, died at home on Monday night. The Kings were forty years old. Read more of this post