And Now You’re Caught Up – the 11/28/2011 edition

We know you’ve been busy the last few days – with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Super Saturday, Slow Down Sunday and then Cyber Monday today.
It’s a lot for anyone. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered.
Knowing that you’ll want to catch up on all the key news, notes and quotes surrounding the LA Kings before [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kings coach Murray not a fan of Moreau slashing ‘his buddy’

LA’s coach Murray (photo: D. Sheehan)

Last hour, we posted comments from Ethan Moreau regarding the penalty he took late in the game on Wednesday vs. the Dallas Stars.
Terry Murray was still a little hot under the under collar when asked about it today, more than 36 hours later.
“He took a horseshit penalty, that’s ridiculous,” began [...]

LA Kings coach Terry Murray talks Johnson’s hit on Ribeiro

Following up on the last post, here’s what Kings coach Terry Murray had to say about the hit Jack Johnson put on Mike Ribeiro just seconds before Steve Ott scored the game winning goal the other night…
“Could there be another time and another place? Maybe. If you slow the video down…you see a four-on-two [...]

Audio: Terry Murray’s postgame presser after 3-2 loss

During Terry Murray‘s postgame presser in Dallas tonight he talked about Mike Richards, Jonathan Quick, Steve Ott and more. Take a listen…

Even with the loss, the Kings return home with three of the possible four points on the road trip and have gone 5-2-1 in their last eight games.
Prior to facing the Stars, Jarret Stoll [...]

Doughty wishes he ‘had an exact reason’ for what’s wrong

Drew Doughty – LA Kings (photo: M. Zampelli)

Two goals and five assists probably isn’t what GM Dean Lombardi had in mind when he signed the Kings top defenseman to an eight-year, $56-million contract in September.
It was something acknowledged over the weekend, when coach Terry Murray spoke about Drew Doughty not giving the team what they [...]

Alec Martinez talks injury recovery and Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez is slowly recover from injuries he sustained against the Minnesota Wild nearly 10 days ago. However, the 24-year old defenseman did leave LA with the team today, as they began a two-game road trip with a flight to St. Louis for tomorrow’s game against the Blues.
Following practice today, he shared the following [...]

Stoll and Murray talk center vs left wing, possible changes

During his post game presser on Saturday, LA coach Terry Murray said he wouldn’t be sticking with the third period line combinations he used against Detroit – which featured Andrei Loktionov as the third line center and moving Jarret Stoll to the second line left wing.
However, after practice today, he seemed to soften his stance [...]