Los Angeles Kings Need Center Anze Kopitar To Be A Little Greedy

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings appear to have turned things around, earning a 5-0-1 record in their last six games, and a 6-3-1 record in their last ten. All that comes after an absolutely dreadful stretch from late December through much of January that saw them lose ten out of twelve games.

The Los Angeles Kings need top center Anze Kopitar to break out of another long goal scoring drought.
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Even more impressive, the Kings are 2-0-1 in the first three of ten straight games away from Staples Center.

But with six more ahead of them—a brutal road trip that includes contests against three of the Eastern Conference’s best—the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, and the Philadelphia Flyers (they skate at Anaheim to end the ten-game stretch), it will be quite the struggle for the Kings to come out of that six-game trip with even a .500 record.

The problem is that the Kings need to come out of that six-game trip with a winning record just to stay in the hurt for playoff berth in the National Hockey League’s ultra-competitive Western Conference. But to do that, they will need more from top center Anze Kopitar, who is mired in yet another of his all-too-familiar goal scoring droughts, with just one goal in his last 19 games, and none in his last nine games. His last goal came on January 15, in a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Can Third Line of Handzus, Ponikarovsky, Simmonds Be More Than A Shut Down Line?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings head into their 2010 exhibition season tonight (September 22, 2010) at Colorado, much of what head coach Terry Murray has in mind for his team is already apparent, especially in terms of his forward lines.

At this point in the Kings’ 2010 training camp, Murray has Anze Kopitar centering the first line with Ryan Smyth and Dustin Brown on the wings, with Jarret Stoll centering the second line between Scott Parse and Justin Williams. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Fill 3rd Line Winger Spot: Alexei Ponikarovsky Signed

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 27, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract worth $3 million.

The deal also paid the 30-year-old native of Kiev, Ukraine a $200,000 signing bonus, bring his salary cap hit to $3.2 million for the 2010-11 season.

Last season, Ponikarovsky scored 21 goals and 29 assists for fifty points with 61 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-4, 229-pound winger scored 19 goals and tallied 22 assists for 41 points with 44 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games with the Maple Leafs before being dealt to the Penguins on March 2, 2010, in exchange for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Something New Is In The Air

LOS ANGELES — These days, the air smells different in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at Staples Center.

Over the summer, the “Event Level” corridor and most of the dressing rooms at Staples Center were renovated.

Included in the renovations was the Kings dressing room, which has a much more clean, modern look to it. The renovations include wood-like paneling, new carpet, a four-speaker stereo system, a mini-theatre where the players and coaches can watch and analyze video, and more.

But the newly-remodeled dressing room is not the only reason the air smells different. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Hand Pittsburgh Penguins First Road Loss

LOS ANGELES — With the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, in town for a visit, a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans descended onto Staples Center on Thursday night.

A good portion of the crowd came to see Sid The Kid, a bona fide superstar, and to see the defending champs. But even more were there to see if Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings are for real. Read more of this post

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