Kings-Pens: post-game notes and (quick) video highlights

Jarret Stoll scored in the shootout again.
That may be the highlight of last night, as the Kings lost 3-2 to the Penguins in front of a sold out crowd of more than 17,000 in Kansas City.
For the number crunchers, here are some key stats from the game…
* Dustin Brown and Alec Martinez led the Kings [...]

Is Kansas City more of a hockey town than Los Angeles?

On the surface, you might not think of Kansas City as a hockey town. Instead, your sports mind probably first takes you to baseball’s Royals or football’s Chiefs.
But, eight miles down the road from the home stadiums of those two teams, a pair of NHL hockey clubs will square off in a sold out arena [...]

Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske and their link to Kansas City

Inside the Sprint Center, Kansas City

Tonight’s NHL pre-season game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings is sold out.
Now, I’m not sure if hockey fans in Kansas City are similar to the ones in California. But, I’m going to assume there is one major difference – when they look over the game rosters, [...]

Dean Lombardi ‘troubled’ by Ryan Smyth trade request

When the NHL schedule came out yesterday it revealed the Kings will host both the Washington Captials and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Sid and Ovi coming to town? Usually that’s enough to talk about on a boring Thursday in June.
Yet, leave it to Dean Lombardi to throw that one out the window.
First, he made a huge trade with [...]

MayorsManor Podcast featuring Tony Granato

When evaluating a trade in sports years down the line if you’d still make the same trade again, that usually tells you which team won the exchange.
In the case of the Kings sending Bernie Nicholls to the New York Rangers for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato, of course they’d do that deal again.
The offensive duo [...]

Kings at Pens By the Numbers, plus Video Highlights

Although Kings coach Terry Murray declined to share his point goal for the road trip prior to the team leaving for Pittsburgh, I’ll stand by my previous mark of 15 points in the 10 games played before they return to Staples Center on February 24.
They picked up a point tonight, losing to the Penguins with [...]

Ponikarovsky Wants To Win ‘Em All

While tonight’s return to Pittsburgh may be bittersweet for Rob Scuderi, it probably won’t be anything close to similar for teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky. After spending seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was acquired by the Penguins in a deadline deal last March.
It was a move that didn’t pay off for either the [...]

Kevin Westgarth Values Life on the Road

Earlier today I posted comments from Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown about trying to pick up two points in Pittsburgh tonight against a Penguins team that will be without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Kevin Westgarth, who will be back in the line-up tonight and probably will see plenty of action over the next few games, had the [...]

Johnson and Brown on the Pair of Missing Penguins

Over the last few years it sure seems like the Kings and Penguins don’t like each other very much. Which is somewhat surprising considering an LA-Pittsburgh match-up in hockey is pretty rare.
Evgeni Malkin, who has often found his way into the storyline when these two teams meet (see Malkin’s hit on Wayne Simmonds in March [...]

Tony Granato on the LA Kings and GM Dean Lombardi

On January 20, 1990 the Kings traded away one of their most popular players, Bernie Nicholls, to the New York Rangers. In return they received Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato.
Even though it hurt to lose Nicholls, it might have been one of the best trades the organization made during that era. In return they received [...]