Trevor Lewis on being on the outside looking in for LA

Trevor Lewis, LA Kings (photo: D. Sheehan)

Top-six players dominate the headlines most days and yesterday was no exception. When Kings coach Terry Murray scrambled the forwards at practice, much of the early attention was placed on the big names – Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, Andrei Loktionov, etc. – that were on the move.
Yet, what […]

Evaluating coach Terry Murray’s new line combinations

All the talk about coach Terry Murray’s re-shuffling of the lines today reminded me of a conversation I had with Andrei Loktionov last Monday.
It was the team’s first practice since their loss to Detroit two days prior and I had asked him about being moved back to center during the third period of that game…
“I […]

Clifford getting help from Stoll, starting to roll

Kyle Clifford of LA Kings (photo: M. Zampelli)

Hoping his blender worked more like a magic eight-ball, LA Kings coach Terry Murray decided to shake things up at practice today, seeking answers for the team’s lack of offense.
With perhaps the most wide-spread line changes he’s made over the last few years, Trent Hunter went to the […]

Kings coach Murray looking for some ‘greasy, ugly’ goals

Goals for a hockey team, like life itself, can have an uncontrollable ebb and flow. For much of the season, the Kings have been looking for the elusive ‘secondary scoring’ to kick in.
Wednesday night in Dallas, Kevin Westgarth scored his first-ever NHL goal and the Kings lost in overtime. Last night, Jarret […]

Quotes from Blackhawks locker room after def. Kings 2-1

With Chicago’s 2-1 win last night, that pushes their streak to seven straight over Los Angeles and 10-0-1 in the last 11 games vs. the Kings.
Following the game, here’s what was being said in the Blackhawks locker room…
Head coach Joel Quenneville on the overall game – “I think that the game that got us back […]

Blackhawks game – three points of view from LA blueline

Tonight will be the first match-up of the year between the Kings and Blackhawks. Last season, Chicago took all four games in the series, pushing their win streak over Los Angeles to six straight and they’re 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings overall.
Last hour we looked at some fun facts leading into tonight’s game […]

Kings vs Blackhawks pregame primer – a few fun facts

Before we get into the fun of hearing from a trio of Kings defensemen regarding tonight’s match-up with the Blackhawks, let’s first run through a few quick notes and stats…
– For Simon Gagne and Mike Richards, today’s game may be a little more personal than it is for other members of the Kings. It […]

NHRA champ Tony Schumacher talks Blackhawks, Kings

Tony Schumacher (photo: NHRA)

Tony Schumacher may drive an NHRA top fuel car for a living, but he easily relates to the pressure that comes from playing in overtime of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Yes, he’s a seven-time World Champion. Yet, perhaps his defining sports moment was in 2006. Entering the final race of the season he and […]

Is Dustin Penner planning a heel turn?

In pro wrestling, one of the keys to any good heel turn is a slow simmering build. It’s as if the audience knows it’s coming like a storm from far off in the distance. They can see it. They’re just never sure if or when it will reach land.
On January 23, 1984 Hulk Hogan won […]

Willie Mitchell on the new defensive pairings

The Kings have only played 22 games so far this season, yet defenseman Willie Mitchell is already on his third different partner.  Twice he’s been teamed with Slava Voynov for a stretch of games – once when his regular partner, Drew Doughty, was injured and then more recently when the Russian blueliner was called up […]