LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks: 2014 First Round Playoff Preview/Predictions

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — It’s that time of year again.

It’s the time of year when hockey fans all over are either at games, or are glued to a television set somewhere watching Stanley Cup Playoff games, and probably not just games in which their favorite team is playing in.

Indeed, this is the best time of year for hockey fans, and that sentiment is shared by National Hockey League players and coaches as well.

“This is the best time of the year,” said Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar. “Everybody gets excited for it, and it’s no different for us.”

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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Working His Way Back To Elite Status

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Following the 2013 Western Conference Final, when the Chicago Blackhawks unceremoniously bounced the Los Angeles Kings out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games, one thing was crystal-clear…

…Kings star center Anze Kopitar was nothing close to the unstoppable Anze Kopitar who shared the National Hockey League playoff scoring title with teammate Dustin Brown (eight goals, twelve assists for twenty points) in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Kings won the Stanley Cup.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Begin Prep Work For First Round Playoff Matchup vs. San Jose

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in just a few days, and the Los Angeles Kings are apparently already in full playoff mode.

Despite not taking the ice on Monday, opting instead for off-ice workouts, forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll, along with goaltender Jonathan Quick, and head coach Darryl Sutter took time out to speak to the media gathered at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

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San Jose GM Doug Wilson Tries To Pull Another Fast One In Remarks About LA Kings’ Dustin Brown

COMMENTARY: San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson stirred the pot last night, during his team’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, citing his disappointment with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, and the Kings organization, for not expressing concern for injured Sharks forward Tomas Hertl. But why did Wilson make those remarks publicly, rather than through the usual league back channels? Why did he go to the media with his remarks? What was Wilson trying to accomplish? Frozen Royalty just might have the answer…

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson
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LOS ANGELES — According to multiple reports out of San Jose, on December 23, during their game against the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson approached the media who cover the team on a regular basis during the second intermission, and talked about his disappointment that Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown has not expressed concern for the welfare of Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertl, nor has anyone else from the Kings organization.

To review, Brown and Hertl collided in the neutral zone late in the first period during a game at Staples Center on December 19. The result was knee-on-knee contact, with Hertl suffering a right knee injury that will sideline him for at least one month, and could require surgery.

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LA Kings: Bad Habits and Bright Spots Highlighted In Win Over Phoenix

ALSO: Post-game audio interviews with Drew Doughty, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar and head coach Darryl Sutter following the Los Angeles Kings’ 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on October 24.

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here during the team’s
October 24 morning skate, recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career
later that night, in a 7-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
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LOS ANGELES — Anyone who has followed the Los Angeles Kings for at least a couple of seasons knows that they have a penchant for letting teams back into games after establishing a big lead.

The most notorious example in recent years was their loss in Game 3 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, when they had a 4-0 lead, and then led 5-1, before losing in overtime, 6-5, an absolutely embarrassing defeat.

Earlier this season, the Kings had a 3-0 lead after the first period against the Ottawa Senators on October 9, at Staples Center, but then allowed three straight goals, one in the second period, and two in the third. Fortunately for the Kings, Jeff Carter saved the day with a goal in overtime to secure a 4-3 victory.

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