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Los Angeles Kings: Do Their Problems Run Deeper Than First Thought?

LOS ANGELES — Losers of six of their last seven games heading into their January 13 contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings have blown a huge opportunity.

Indeed, the Kings could have built a nice cushion for themselves in the hyper competitive Western Conference standings before playing ten straight games on the road in February while Staples Center hosts the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and the events surrounding the 60th NBA All-Star Game, among other events. Read more of this post

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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Continue Downward Spiral Against Toronto

POST-GAME: Includes audio of National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman’s press conference during the first intermission.


LOS ANGELES — If you have ever read the directions on a shampoo bottle you might see the phrase, “wash, rinse, repeat.”

That phrase comes to mind after watching the Los Angeles Kings get off to a solid start against the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs on December 10 at Staples Center, only to come out flat in the second and third periods, dropping a 3-2 decision. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Can Third Line of Handzus, Ponikarovsky, Simmonds Be More Than A Shut Down Line?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings head into their 2010 exhibition season tonight (September 22, 2010) at Colorado, much of what head coach Terry Murray has in mind for his team is already apparent, especially in terms of his forward lines.

At this point in the Kings’ 2010 training camp, Murray has Anze Kopitar centering the first line with Ryan Smyth and Dustin Brown on the wings, with Jarret Stoll centering the second line between Scott Parse and Justin Williams. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Fill 3rd Line Winger Spot: Alexei Ponikarovsky Signed

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 27, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract worth $3 million.

The deal also paid the 30-year-old native of Kiev, Ukraine a $200,000 signing bonus, bring his salary cap hit to $3.2 million for the 2010-11 season.

Last season, Ponikarovsky scored 21 goals and 29 assists for fifty points with 61 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-4, 229-pound winger scored 19 goals and tallied 22 assists for 41 points with 44 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games with the Maple Leafs before being dealt to the Penguins on March 2, 2010, in exchange for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula. Read more of this post

NHL To Experiment With Rule Restricting Line Combination Changes

NEW YORK — Although the cry for a rule banning hits to the head was the focus of the recent National Hockey League general manager’s meetings, other rules were proposed that were designed to improve the game and, most notably, the fan experience.

Perhaps the most controversial rule proposed was to restrict the changing of line combinations during the season.

The proposed rule change would limit teams from changing established line combinations, barring injury, to no more than six different line combinations for each of their forward lines and defensive pairings.

Constant changing of line combinations by NHL head coaches has been a frequent complaint by fans across the league for many years. Read more of this post