Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Minnesota Hands LA Kings Their Third Straight Loss

LOS ANGELES — After learning that they will be without right wing Justin Williams for three months, the Los Angeles Kings dropped their third straight game, this time, a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild in front of a disappointed sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on Monday night.

Former Kings center Eric Belanger scored two goals, including the game-winner at 17:43 of the third period, and added an assist, while goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots to lead the Wild to the victory. Read more of this post


Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Are Disappointed But Determined After Losing Justin Williams

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The mood on the ice and in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, was a mix of disappointment and determination in the aftermath of their 3-2 loss at Phoenix on Saturday night when they lost right wing Justin Williams early in the first period after he suffered a broken right leg. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Dustin Brown Not Worried About Scoring Slump; Terry Murray On Scott Parse

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings finally emerge from the dark, wispy shadows of an eight-day hiatus in their schedule tonight at Phoenix, and all expectations are that they should be stronger with the return of left wing Ryan Smyth, right wing Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Jack Johnson, who all missed time with injuries in recent weeks.

If all goes according to their expectations, the Kings’ offense should be bolstered by the return of these players, especially with Smyth being reunited with center Anze Kopitar and right wing Justin Williams on the first line.

The Kings will have to shift some players around on all of their forward lines to accommodate Smyth and Simmonds, and they hope the juggling will help get right wing Dustin Brown untracked.

After scoring 33 goals and adding 27 assists for sixty points in 78 games in the 2007-08 season, followed by 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points in eighty games last season, Brown has just eight goals with nineteen assists for 27 points in 37 games this season.

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LA Kings: Richardson Gains From Purcell’s Struggles

LOS ANGELES — After losing three of their first four games without veteran left wing Ryan Smyth, things looked quite bad for the still young Los Angeles Kings and their survival in the Western Conference playoff race.

During that stretch, the Kings allowed twelve goals while scoring just eight. To be sure, their defensive play, which was a major strength last season, had finally been exposed with Smyth out of the lineup. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: Richardson, Simmonds Help Lead LA Kings to 6-3 Win Over Ottawa

LOS ANGELES — Randy Jones, Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds scored a goal each and Drew Doughty scored the game-winner late in the second period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in front of an announced crowd of 14,997 fans at Staples Center on Thursday night.

Justin Williams added two goals late in the third period to seal the victory for the Kings, who were generally outplayed by the Senators for the majority of the game.

Simmonds goal came on a penalty shot at 17:24 of the first period. Read more of this post