LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Finishing Very, Very Fast After A Slow Start

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although one could easily make a case for Drew Doughty or Jonathan Quick as the biggest reason that the Los Angeles Kings have been one of the very best teams in the Western Conference this season, center Anze Kopitar can put in his own claim as well after putting the team on his back, especially in the last 42 games.

In his first 33 games (through Christmas), Kopitar scored nine goals and tallied eleven assists for twenty points, with a +10 plus/minus rating. But since that time, he has scored 15 goals and has contributed 32 assists for 47 points, with a +21 plus/minus rating.

If you do the math, Kopitar has almost tripled his assists (compared to the first 33 games), and has nearly doubled his points per game average to 1.14 since Christmas (0.61 through the first 33 games).

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LA Kings Are Starting To Look Unstoppable

LA Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After they melted the ice with a 10-4-0 record in December, the Los Angeles Kings cooled off significantly in January and February, earning a 13-10-2 record over those two months—6-5-1 in January and 7-5-1 in February.

Although the Kings weren’t playing badly, their play during those two months was considerably less consistent in those two months, as their play was up and down in all three zones.

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Not Over-Thinking Things, Family Aspect Are Helping Milan Lucic To Fit With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Being the new kid in school is usually tough for any student. Indeed, after being uprooted from comfortable, familiar surroundings where you have established friendships, maybe even boyfriends or girlfriends, you are suddenly dropped into a new school in a new city or town where you are, almost literally, on a deserted island—you feel alone and isolated, having to fit in all over again.

Being the new kid in school is not all that unlike what a hockey player feels like, especially a veteran, when they move from one team to another, as Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic has done this season.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Toffoli, Quick, Kopitar Lead LA Kings To 3-0 Win Over Carolina

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Anze Kopitar added another, and Jonathan Quick made 40 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center in Los Angeles in October 23.

With the win, the Kings have won four straight games. It was also Quick’s first shutout of the season, and the 38th of his National Hockey League career.

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Frozen Royalty Video: McNabb, Muzzin and Toffoli After 2-1 Win Over Colorado

LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored at 13:38 of the first period, and Tyler Toffoli scored a breakaway goal at 16:20 of the second period to help lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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