It’s all about Jeff Carter and Jack Johnson

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With the Columbus Blue Jackets in town to face the LA Kings, it’s not that surprising that most of the talk over the last 24 hours has been about Jeff Carter and Jack Johnson. After all, they were the two central pieces in a trade last season that helped change things for both franchises. Columbus received [...]

Bernier laughs at any notion of a goalie controversy in LA

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Make no mistake about it, Jonathan Quick is the Kings starting goaltender.
Yet, coach Darryl Sutter caught the attention of many people on Friday morning when it was learned Jonathan Bernier would be starting for the second game in a row. Even the guy playing was confused at first.
“I was a little surprised to be honest,” [...]

Fill In The Blank: Game 12 feedback – Kings def Jackets

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It’s time for more input from the readers.
Kyle Clifford showed off some of more of his new offensive flare last night, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead in the second period. Later, Mike Richards added his second goal – and 400th point of his career – and that was all the Kings needed. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier [...]

Kyle Clifford – ‘I don’t want to just be a fighter’

We’ve already heard from coach Darryl Sutter, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. Now, here’s what Kyle Clifford had to say following the Kings 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night…
- On his goal (shown below): “Just got the puck on net and good things happen…I’d like to say that’s where I wanted [...]

CBJ at LA: Pre-game comments from Kopitar, Richards, Penner, etc.

When Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter gave a major shake-up to the team’s lines last weekend there were some odd pairings on paper. However, the results worked out fine, perhaps even better than expected. LA played a solid game in Detroit on Sunday and then picked up a dominating win in St. Louis on Monday.
Here’s some [...]

VIDEO: Jack Johnson previews his first game back at Staples Center

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson previews tonight’s game vs. the LA Kings…

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Friday morning notes – Kings’ starting goalie, gameday notes, etc.

The Kings held an optional morning skate today in advance of their match-up with the Blue Jackets tonight at Staples Center. Here here are some brief pre-game notes…
- Earlier in the week, coach Darryl Sutter said he hadn’t thought about which goaltender would start vs. Columbus - while complementing  Jonathan Bernier and noting he needed more from Jonathan Quick.  Now, it looks like the verdict [...]

Word Association: Five on Four, Kings vs Blue Jackets

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As part of our preview for tonight’s Kings v Blue Jackets game we played Word Association with five Los Angeles players, asking them to react to the names of four Columbus players. Like usual, these were all done one-on-one, so no player heard what the other guy said – which is interesting when you compare their answers…
Rob [...]

MayorsManor Live Radio – Blue Jackets at Kings preview with Aaron Portzline

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There’s no reason to try and over-hype a Blue Jackets v Kings tilt as a big rivalry game – after all, they don’t play in the same division, nor have they ever met in the playoffs.  Yet, at the very least there’s some bitterness developing on both sides.
Columbus continues their fight for respect in the NHL. And despite Jack Johnson [...]

Dubinsky fined, not suspended, for hit on Scuderi

Following a supplementary discipline hearing this morning, the NHL has announced that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky has been fined $10,000 - the maximum allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The hearing took place by phone, where Dubinsky was given an opportunity to explain this hit on Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi:

At the time, Dubinsky was [...]