LA Kings: Ryan Smyth’s Absence Exposes Bigger Problem

LOS ANGELES AND INGLEWOOD, CA — A little over a week has passed since the Los Angeles Kings lost veteran left wing Ryan Smyth to that mysterious “upper body injury” and since then, they have lost to the Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary Flames.

In both games, the Kings not only put in spotty efforts, but their offense sputtered without Smyth’s constant presence in front of opposing goaltenders and in his tenacious work along the boards and in the corners. Read more of this post


Scott Parse Is Quite The Surprise For The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — There have been whispers over the past couple of seasons about whether or not right wing Scott Parse would ever be able to make it to the National Hockey League.

Having been an offensive threat at every level, Parse was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played in four seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was their all-time scoring leader with 79 goals with 118 assists for 197 points in 159 games. Parse led the team in scoring in each season and was named the team’s most valuable player in all four seasons.

In 2007-08, Parse played in fourteen games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate), contributing three assists. He also played in eighteen games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, a Kings’ affiliate at the time, scoring five goals with eleven assists for sixteen points. Parse also had a brief stint late in the 2006-07 season with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL that season, scoring two goals and adding five assists for seven points in ten regular season games. He also appeared in seven playoff games, scoring one goal. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: A Mixed Bag After Two Games

LOS ANGELES — Two games into the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Kings are right where most everyone expected them to be, sporting a 1-1-0 record.

But that did not happen, to coin a phrase, according to Hoyle.

Indeed, the Kings were expected to easily defeat the bankrupt, owner-less Phoenix Coyotes on October 3 and then lose three days later to the class of the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Kings looked more like the Keystone Kops than a National Hockey League team in an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Coyotes and then turned right around and defeated the Sharks on October 6, 6-4.

Against the Coyotes, one word describes the Kings’ performance.

Disastrous. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Blow Another One…Almost

LOS ANGELES — After a worse-than-dismal performance from start to finish on Saturday night in an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings blew a four-goal lead on Tuesday night and were headed for a second disaster in a row. But thanks to a bad angle goal by winger Teddy Purcell, they managed to hold off the class of the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks, in a 6-4 victory. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Scuderi Making Himself At Home; Johnson, Purcell Impress

Rob Scuderi Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

Rob Scuderi
Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

LOS ANGELES — Although he has not been here in the Southern California area for long, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi is already making himself right at home on the Los Angeles Kings’ blue line.

After just a couple of days of training camp, the thirty-year-old Scuderi found himself paired with 22-year-old defenseman Jack Johnson in a 4-3 pre-season win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on September 15.

Scuderi was solid defensively, despite deflecting a point shot by Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle past Kings goalie prospect Jonathan Bernier to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead at the 5:18 mark of the second period.

But Scuderi redeemed himself just past the midway point of the third period when he hit his defensive partner with a lead pass, sending Johnson through center ice. He then split two defenders at the Phoenix blue line and beat Phoenix goalie prospect Al Montoya with a backhand for a highlight-reel, shorthanded goal. Read more of this post