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When Will The Los Angeles Kings Stop Chasing The Game?

The Los Angeles Kings need much more from defenseman Drew Doughty if
they are to stop chasing the game and, as expected, become one
of the best teams in the National Hockey League.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are twenty games into the 2011-12 National Hockey League season, and their 10-7-3 record, good for 23 points, has them in fourth place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the first place San Jose Sharks.

In the more important Western Conference standings, which determine playoff seedings, the Kings are in eighth place, and would qualify for post-season play if the playoffs were to start today. Further, they find themselves just two points out of third place, and four points behind the conference-leading Minnesota Wild. Read more of this post

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Mike Richards Is Leading The Way For The Los Angeles Kings

Center Mike Richards has had the greatest impact in terms of changes
that have improved the Los Angeles Kings this season.
Photo: Chelsea Archer

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into action on November 18, 2011, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on top of the Pacific Division, and in third place in the Western Conference.

Although things are not all coming up roses for the Kings, who continue to struggle offensively in five-on-five situations, and have dropped to 17th in the National Hockey League on the penalty-kill, they have won four out of their last five games, and have earned points in five out of their last seven. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Need Shootout To Get Past Ducks

LOS ANGELES — Despite dominating play in the first and second periods, the Los Angeles Kings could only get one shot past Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in regulation play, on their way to a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on November 16.

After outshooting the Ducks in the first period, 17-5, the Kings got on the scoreboard when center Mike Richards scored at 7:38 of the second period, while the Kings had a two-man advantage. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: The Need For Speed

With just one goal and five assists for six points
this season, the Los Angeles Kings are looking
for more from center Jarret Stoll.
Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been said about the Los Angeles Kings and their struggling offense this season, one that has seen their power play improve rather dramatically from last season, when they ranked 21st in the National Hockey League, with a 16.1 percent rating.

This season, their power play is carrying them offensively, ranking seventh in the league with a 20.3 percent rating, through games played on November 15.

But like the last two seasons, the Kings are struggling to score at even strength, especially five-on-five, dragging them down to 23rd in the league in goals scored, with an average of 2.41 goals per game.

If you take a spin around the World Wide Web, criticism of the Kings’ system and the coaching staff abound. Many emphatically claim that the system that head coach Terry Murray has the Kings playing is archaic, that it stifles offensive production, and that it should be scrapped.

They also insist that Murray should be fired. A good portion also seem to want him run out of town on a rail, and that is putting it mildly. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Tame The Wild, 5-2; Jim Fox Honored During Second Intermission – Video

LOS ANGELES — Five different players scored goals in the first and second periods to lead the Los Angeles Kings to an easy 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on November 12.

Colin Fraser opened the scoring at 2:49 of the first period, netting his first goal of the season, and his first ever with the Kings. The game was scoreless for the remainder of the period, but the Kings exploded for four goals in the second period by Alec Martinez, Dustin Brown, Simon Gagne and Matt Greene, giving the Kings a 5-0 lead heading into the third period. Read more of this post