Kings Outdoor Game(s)

Could the Kings be headed to next year’s Winter Classic?

More on that in a minute, first up a DVR alert.

Early Saturday morning (5am PST) the NHL Network will air an encore presentation of what many consider to be the first outdoor game played by two NHL teams.

Played on September 27, 1991 in Las Vegas, [...]

Holiday Series – Gifts of Christmas Present

[Part two of a three part series]
Yesterday we posted the initial offering of this year’s gift series using the theme from Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol.
Our essential collection of Kings Gifts of Christmas Past included an inexpensive puck from the ’60s, a $33,000 game worn Rogie Vachon mask, a few game worn jersey [...]

Ryan Report – Smyth Passing 99 vs Oilers

While these days the Kings are jokingly referred to as Flyers-West, there was a time many years ago when they were Oilers-South.
In fact, the Kings most bitter rival for much of the ’80’s and ’90s was Edmonton. The two teams already didn’t like each other long before the 1988 trade for Wayne Gretzky and they [...]

Kings vs Oilers – Game Preview w/ Kelly Buchberger

While Kelly Buchberger may not be the household name of Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, hockey fans everywhere know the value of a player like him.
For those that may think calling him a poor man’s Mark Messier is a putdown – it’s not! – instead, think of him as Mess-light…a compliment of the highest standard. [...]

Holiday Series – Gifts of Christmas Past

[Part one of a three part series]
In Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol the reader is taken through a spiritual awakening of Ebenezer Scrooge, a process that includes visits from the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
That tale began on Christmas Eve, however we’re going to begin a day earlier and [...]

Terry Murray on Coaching Memories

Tomorrow night vs. Edmonton Terry Murray gets a shot at a little piece of history.
With a victory in his 197th game with the Kings, he can become the quickest coach to reach 100 wins.  Tom Webster (1989-92) holds the current record at 211 games.
After practice today I asked Murray to reflect back over his long [...]

Terry Murray Update on Alec Martinez

Before the Kings left on their just completed five-game road trip coach Terry Murray provided some initial comments about Alec Martinez.
He had only played six games with the team at that point and knowing it can sometimes take time for a young defenseman to adjust to the NHL, Murray pointed out he was improving [...]

Kelly Hrudey on Jonathan Quick

Former Kings goaltender (and current Hockey Night in Canada analyst) Kelly Hrudey was on NHL Live radio yesterday. He talked quite a bit about Jonathan Quick, so I thought I’d pass on some of the quotes…
Billy Jaffe asked “If you could pick one goalie to start a team with right now, who would it be?”
Hrudey [...]

The Captain Cools Off Colorado

Heading into action tonight most of the focus was on number 10 for the Kings due to the debuting Marco Sturm. When things were over, 23 was the number of the night. Dustin Brown had four points (2g, 2a) and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.
Back on April 1 of last season Brown had the first [...]

POLL: How Many Goals For Marco Sturm?

This one is just for fun. No betting please.
A few days ago I commented that if Marco Sturm begins his career with the LA Kings prior to Christmas, I’d set the over/under for his season goal total at 12.
As Chris over at The Royal Half pointed out, that may be placing the bar too high – [...]