Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Must Climb A Mountain Called “February” To Make Playoffs

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a dreadful 3-8-0 performance in January, not to mention a stretch where they lost ten of twelve games going back to December 29, the Los Angeles Kings are now looking up at a mountain in their schedule akin to some of tallest mountains and steepest cliffs in the world.

In fact, do not be surprised if you see Kings equipment managers adding rope, boots, crampons, gaiters, goggles, pitons and other mountain climbing gear to the usual hockey equipment, as the Kings will have to scale Mount February if they expect to make the playoffs this season.

Indeed, after the Kings return from the National Hockey League’s All-Star break on February 1, they will play ten consecutive road games before returning to Staples Center on February 24. Read more of this post


Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings: Players Must Turn It Around On Their Own…For Now

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LOS ANGELES — Having lost nine out of their last eleven games, the Los Angeles Kings are hurtling into an all-to-familiar abyss, one where they get an early summer vacation while the good teams continue on to the National Hockey League’s second season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Oh…by the way, the Kings have only been invited to the post-season party twice in the last decade, making it out of the first round in 2002. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings Need A Major Attitude Adjustment

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings are just one game beyond the halfway point in their season and a lot of hockey is left to be played, they are in deep, deep trouble.

Despite a strong start to their season and a 9-3-0 run in December, the Kings have had a stretch in November when they lost seven out of eight games, and they are currently mired in a slump in which they have lost six of their last seven, with no end to their nose dive in sight. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings: When Will They Become More Than Just A Tease?

LOS ANGELES — After riding the roller coaster that is the 2010-11 Los Angeles Kings, one can only wonder when they will become more than just a tease.

A tease is exactly what the Kings are right now, given their penchant for showing that they can dominate the National Hockey League’s best teams with stellar play in all three zones and in all facets of the game, only to turn right around and look completely lost for lengthy stretches of games. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings’ Kyle Clifford Is Starting To Surpass Early Expectations

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings have been rather inconsistent after a 12-3-0 start, they are now 6-3-1 in their last ten games, as of this writing.

The biggest reasons have been the superb play of goaltender Jonathan Quick and the more than solid play of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams, who have combined for 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in the last ten games.

Kopitar has caught fire, scoring six goals and adding seven assists for 13 points, while Williams has tallied three goals with four assists for seven points. But the big gun over the last ten games has been Brown, who has scored four goals with eleven assists for 15 points.

Defenseman Drew Doughty, who has struggled offensively this season, also appears to be getting untracked, having scored a goal with seven assists during that span.

But even with their best players producing, the role players must chip in here and there with a timely goal, and the Kings have been getting just that lately… Read more of this post