AUDIO: Frozen Royalty On Montreal Hockey Talk Radio: Pre-Game, Canadiens vs. LA Kings

On March 3, 2016, prior to the start of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, I was a guest on MontrealHockeyTalk.com’s pre-game show during their Behind Enemy Lines segment, sharing what’s been happening with the Kings of late with hosts Kosta Papoulias (Coach K) and Tony Healey.

During the roughly 18-minute interview, we talked about Vincent Lecavalier, Jonathan Quick, Kris Versteeg, Rob Scuderi, Tanner Pearson, and more.

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LA Kings Looking For Improvement, Consistency After All-Star Break

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the National Hockey League’s All-Star break behind us, there is a bit of concern about the Los Angeles Kings as they enter February, a month in which they will play nine out 13 games on the road, including their annual Grammy road trip, a grueling seven-game road swing this time around.

Indeed, the team that led the Pacific Division by twelve points not so long ago has seen their lead drop to seven at the All-Star break.

The Kings’ lead over their division rivals has shrunk as they’ve sputtered in recent games—they have lost three out of their last five, and ended January winning just four of their last nine games.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Gaborik, Pearson, Shore After 4-3 Win Over Edmonton

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here during a recent practice
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored a goal and tallied two assists, Marian Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist, and both Milan Lucic and Nick Shore scored a goal each, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Despite the four-goal outburst and the multi-point games by Pearson and the slumping Gaborik, the Kings sagged for a portion of the first period, most of the second period, and in spots during the third period, breathing life into the Oilers, who tied the game at 15:10 of the third period on a goal by Taylor Hall.

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Struggling Gaborik Talks “Dirty Areas,” Ugly Goals

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during media day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 3, 2014.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a dreadful 0-3 start to the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, the Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a six-game winning streak, relying heavily on goaltender Jonathan Quick, who played in five of the six games, recording some eye-popping numbers: an 0.99 goals-against average, a .965 save percentage, and one shutout.

Meanwhile, the offense has picked up, sort of…more on that later. Indeed, the Kings have averaged 3.00 goals per game during their current winning streak.

That’s the good news.

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LA Kings Tanner Pearson Is Looking For Chemistry and Consistency Right Off The Bat

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — January 10, 2015 marked the start of the second half of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season for the Los Angeles Kings, proved to be a huge, dark cloud that would hang over the remainder of their season with the loss of then-rookie left wing Tanner Pearson.

That night, the Kings skated against the Winnipeg Jets, suffering a 5-4 shootout loss, but more significantly, Pearson slammed into the end boards, feet first, breaking his left leg.

To that point in the season, Pearson was still in the conversation for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, having scored twelve goals and adding 14 assists, with 14 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 42 games.

Head coach Darryl Sutter indicated that Pearson was on the verge of returning to the lineup when the Kings’ 2014-15 season ended rather unceremoniously last April, as they missed the playoffs.

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