Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Need To Get Drew Doughty, Power Play Out Of Doldrums

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Despite getting blown out of the HP Pavilion by the San Jose Sharks, 6-3, on November 15, the Los Angeles Kings are still on top of the Western Conference standings with an outstanding 12-4-0 record to start the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.

Indeed, the Kings have played well throughout those 16 games, with their very poor performance at San Jose a couple of nights ago being the exception. Flying that high so far, one would probably think that the Kings are firing on all cylinders. Read more of this post


LA Kings Place Ponikarovsky On Injured Reserve, Recall Dwight King And More

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On November 16, the Los Angeles Kings placed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky on injured reserve, retroactive to November 7. They also recalled forward Dwight King from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Read more of this post

LA Kings Activate Drew Doughty, Scott Parse From Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Prior to their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Staples Center on November 4 (7:30 PM PDT), the Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Scott Parse from injured reserve.

Doughty, 20, suffered a concussion on October 20 and was placed on injured reserve on October 25 (retroactive to October 21). He passed baseline cognitive tests on November 2 and was cleared to return to action.

The 6-0, 212-pound native of London, Ontario has one assist with a +2 plus/minus rating with six penalty minutes in five games this season. Read more of this post

LA Kings To Get Doughty, Parse Back; Loktionov Assigned To Manchester

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On November 2, the Los Angeles Kings announced that center prospect Andrei Loktionov has been assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate.

In seven games with the Kings this season, the twenty-year-old native of Voskresnsk, Russia has scored a goal and added an assist for two points with two penalty minutes and a -1 plus/minus rating.

The 5-10, 180-pound forward was selected by the Kings in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The LA Kings Looking For More From Second Line

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are 1-1 two games into the 2010-11 National Hockey League regular season, and while it is way, way too early to identify trends, either positive or negative, the Kings have scored just twice in the two games, once on the power play and once in a five-on-five situation.

To make matters worse, the Kings generated few chances during five-on-five situations in both games, in part because of tight checking by the Vancouver Canucks on October 9 (Kings won that game at Vancouver, 2-1 in a shootout) and by the Calgary Flames on October 10 (Flames won, 3-1, in Calgary). Read more of this post