NHL players no longer excited by trips to play California teams

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Last Saturday, the Lightning suffered their first loss to a Western Conference opponent when they were rocked 6-3 by the Phoenix Coyotes. Starting tonight in Los Angeles, the Lightning begin a stretch of three games in four days through California that will see them conclude the trip with back to back games in San Jose [...]

Lightning arrive in LA after getting manhandled in the desert

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Teams around the league are quickly learning that trips through California and Arizona aren’t much fun these days and they certainly aren’t easy.
Over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Lightning became the latest victims of the grueling swing, dropping a 6-3 contest to the Coyotes. Now, they arrive in SoCal, ready for games this week vs. [...]

Exclusive photos from NHLPA skate at TSC – LA Kings and more

While Dustin Penner continues to get his work in at Anaheim Ice with Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf, most of his LA Kings teammates have been renting rink time at TSC – the Kings regular training facility.  They’ve also had a revolving cast of players from around the league joining them for the sessions in El Segundo.  Below [...]

LA 3, TB 1: Post-game audio from Kings’ Kyle Clifford

Kyle Clifford has been on a little bit of a roll the past few weeks and he kept things moving right along tonight in Tampa Bay – picking up his third goal in the last 12 games. It stood as the game winner in a 3-1 defeat of the Lightning. Back in the locker [...]

Listen Live – The Mayor on ESPN radio talking LA Kings

Just a quick note, I’ll be joining the guys on ESPN radio Ventura today at 4:10pm PST. We’ll preview tonight’s LA Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning game, look at the latest info on Simon Gagne’s injury, plus talk NHL trade rumors and much more.
Listen live at this link: http://bit.ly/pTBXPg or check the main [...]

Kevin Westgarth on Willie Mitchell’s fight

In an interview here on MayorsManor a few weeks ago, Kings’ enforcer Kevin Westgarth said he was “itching a bit” to get into his first fight of the year, and added “there’s no takers.”
Last night versus Tampa Bay might have given him just the opportunity. However, he was about as far from the ice as you [...]

Jack Johnson Enjoys Playing the East

Kings defenseman Jack Johnson seems to agree with most fans, the NHL schedule needs a little more balance.
Hear what he had to say when asked if it he liked having the extra days off this week to prepare for a team like Tampa Bay, an Eastern Conference opponent they don’t see very often…
[note: if the [...]

LA vs TB Game Preview w/ Wayne Simmonds

Through 11 games so far this season Kings forward Wayne Simmonds has six points, identical to where he was last year at the same marker.
Later tonight he’ll be facing the Lightning, a team he hasn’t seen very often in his career. In the only match-up last season between LA and Tampa Bay he had zero [...]

10 Tidbits on Scott Parse (updated)

Whenever Kings GM Dean Lombardi is speaking to a group of people, there are usually a few memorable quotes.
HockeyFest in September was no exception. He got the attention of quite a few people by claiming “Scott Parse is near the top three on the team in terms of skill.”
When coach Terry Murray later announced that [...]

Kyle Clifford on the Impending Roster Decision

For Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Coach Terry Murray ‘decision day’ wasn’t Tuesday.
For now, they remain undecided on Propositions 10 and 13.
Something should be announced soon though, as they’re going to have to vote one way or the other on Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts / OHL) and Brayden Schenn (Brandon Wheat Kings / WHL). Neither [...]