Kings Cut Back on Overtime at Staples Center

It wasn’t a cost cutting move, but the Kings cut back on overtime yesterday.
In their three previous games with Minnesota this season they needed more than three periods to determine an outcome. Last night, they downed the Wild 4-2 in just 60 minutes.
Below are some post game notes followed by video highlights…
* Dustin Brown played [...]

Exclusive Interview w/ NHLPA Head Donald Fehr

Negotiations on a new labor agreement are already underway in the NFL, with the NBA not far behind.
And right around the corner will be the NHL, as the current deal has one season remaining.
NHL players weren’t happy with their previous leadership and ousted Paul Kelly from the Player’s Association in rather controversial fashion back in [...]

Kings – Ducks: Made to Order

Call it a check mark game.
* When their just completed 10-game road stretch began it looked like the Kings would need about 15 points to legitimately climb back into the Western Conference playoff race. With a 3-2 win in Anaheim last night they hit the mark square on, 15 points. check
* Teams expect big performances [...]

Ranking the Honda Center and other NHL Buildings

Occasionally when you come across something of interest you file it away in the back of your brain for later.
While preparing for the trip down to Anaheim tonight my thoughts were drawn back to a recent article from Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider.com , where he ranked his favorite NHL cities.
Having been to 27 different NHL [...]

Kings-Ducks: The First Time It Mattered This Much

It was 1993. December 2nd to be exact. The Kings were crashing hard, coming down from their high of going to the Stanley Cup Finals just seven months earlier. Now, they were near the bottom of the Western Conference and riding a six-game losing streak.
Across the ice were the Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, playing [...]

LA Kings Players on Favorite Moments in Anaheim

In 48 regular seasons games at the Pond / Honda Center the Kings have only managed to generate 17 wins.
However, many of the games have been memorable – or at least featured memorable moments.
Like any good rivalry, the contests are often very close. In fact, about 20% of the games played between the two teams in Anaheim have [...]

Cruising the Mall with Simmonds and Doughty

What’s the first thing Wayne Simmonds did upon returning to Los Angeles recently?
“I didn’t do much. I pretty much slept all day (Sunday). When you’re on a long road trip like that you don’t always get the sleep that you want. So, when you come home and you get that day off you use it [...]

Just Play The Game And Have Fun

Back on January 7th, with the LA Kings mired in a slump that would linger for a few more weeks, I asked Jarret Stoll what it would take to get the team back on track. He offered up the following solution – “Just thinking the game better. Maybe we’re playing hard, but everybody plays hard. [...]

Shooting it Out with Jarret Stoll and Coach Murray

If the game goes to a shootout, take Jarret Stoll.
He’s pretty much Mr. Automatic at this point.
“I don’t know about that,” he said after practice on Monday. “It’s good to score some and try to help get two points. We just have to find a way to win those (shootouts) when we’re in them and [...]

Willie Mitchell Not Sure What Went Wrong

As of Saturday morning the Kings were flying high, having picked up points in 11 straight games.
Later than night they were playing the Islanders – one of the worst teams in the league. Granted, it was being played in Long Island, not the comfy confines of Staples Center. Yet still, they should have been able [...]