Los Angeles Kings Need More From Scott Parse, Dustin Penner, Less From Drew Doughty

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner continues to
have a target on his back due to poor play.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Eleven games into the 2011-12 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings have a 6-3-2 record, placing them second in the Pacific Division, and fourth in the Western Conference, through games played on November 3.

In other words, although things could be better, especially in the attacking zone, there are a lot of positives for the Kings at this point in the season.

“I feel good about the start of the year, very good, actually,” said head coach Terry Murray. “When I take into consideration how the schedule was for us, through the week before we went to Europe, it was very busy. [We played five games in seven nights], then, we go overseas, we had a couple of games over there, and then make the adjustment to come back to the East Coast. That was demanding in itself. That was a big test, and I was very, very concerned about it during the off-season, looking at that part of the schedule.” Read more of this post


Five-On-Five Struggles Weighing Down Los Angeles Kings’ Offensive Attack

Injured LA Kings left wing Simon Gagne practiced on November 1, and is expected to return to the lineup on November 3, when the
Kings host the Edmonton Oilers.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings showed signs that their offense might finally be running on all cylinders during their first handful of games to start the season, indications are that there is still a lot of work to do.

After eleven games and now, starting their second month of the 2011-12 campaign, the good news for the Kings is that their power play is ranked fourth in the National Hockey League, with a 23.1 percent rating (through games played on November 1).

That is a dramatic turnaround from their pathetic 2010-11 power play, which ranked 21st in the league with a paltry 16.1 percent rating. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Are Getting Really Offensive…And That’s A Good Thing

GETTING OFFENSIVE: It’s still early…the Los Angeles Kings have only played five games at press time. Nevertheless, the addition of Simon Gagne and Mike Richards to the lineup has had a powerful, cascading effect. Includes audio interviews from the Kings dressing room following their practice on October 19.

LA Kings forwards Mike Richards (left) and Simon Gagne (center), shown here during a recent practice session with right wing Dustin Brown (right), are already making quite the impact on their new team, the Los Angeles Kings.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are off to the fast start they were hoping for, with a 3-1-1 record through their first five games of the season.

A big reason for that is that they are ranked 11th in the National Hockey League in goals scored, with an average of 2.80 goals-per game (GPG), through games played on October 19.

Last season, the Kings ended the season ranked 25th, scoring 209 goals, an average of 2.55 GPG. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Blowout Blues In 2011-12 Staples Center Opener

LOS ANGELES — Simon Gagne scored two goals and added an assist, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll each scored a goal and added an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped all 27 shots he faced, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-0 blowout of the St. Louis Blues, in the Kings’ 2011-12 opener at Staples Center on October 18.

After Gagne got the Kings on the board at 7:20 of the first period, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead after one period, the Kings struck for two goals in the second and in the third periods.

Stoll and Brown scored 3:29 apart in the second period, with Brown’s goal at 15:05 coming on a five-on-three power play.

Kopitar and Gagne closed out the scoring in the third period. Read more of this post

2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Could Contend For Pacific Division, Western Conference Titles

2011-12 LOS ANGELES KINGS PREVIEW: The 2011-12 National Hockey League season begins tonight with the first three games of the season. Even though the Los Angeles Kings have another day before they begin the new season, let’s take an in-depth look at the team and their outlook for 2011-12.

Logo courtesy LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a few seasons of rebuilding from scratch, followed by a couple of years of building upon that foundation, the Los Angeles Kings are at a unique point in their 44-year history, one in which they are on the verge of becoming a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, not to mention a perennial winner.

In other words, after five seasons, the Kings are right where Dean Lombardi hoped they would be when he laid out his plan for the franchise after taking over as President/General Manager of the team in April 2006.

But that was five-and-a-half years ago, so let’s review, shall we? Read more of this post