Jarret Stoll – LA Kings players were ‘fed up’ with things

With two assists last night, Jarret Stoll doubled his output for the season…and reached a milestone, his 300th NHL point.
It was a ‘team win,’ with four different players scoring goals and several guys having breakout performances.
After the game, Stoll shared a few thoughts…
On the overall game – “We played a little bit desperate. We [...]

Alec Martinez probably thinks the Kings did ‘a good job’

Alec Martinez was recalled by the Kings on November 24th last season and scored a goal in his NHL season debut. He came into last night having played 13 games this season without a point.
Earlier this season, coach Terry Murray even had him sit out the game in Philadelphia, marking him down as a [...]

Murray concerned about Bernier, but he ‘sucked it up’

Jonathan Bernier has played twice as many games against the Nashville Predators as he has versus any other NHL team – including starting all four games between the Kings and Predators last season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 goals-against average.
This season, Bernier was off to another slow start, losing the only two games [...]

Quotes from the Nashville Predators locker room – 11/8/2011

Following Nashville’s 4-3 loss to Los Angeles tonight, here are a few quotes from their head coach Barry Trotz, forward Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist…
COACH BARRY TROTZ:
On overall game – “We weren’t disciplined enough, we took some bad penalties. We battled back, but it wasn’t good enough…I give us some credit, we stayed in [...]

Nashville Predators at Kings – pregame primer and contest

It’s the third game in four night for the Kings and things won’t be any easier than they have been recently.
Jonathan Bernier needs his first win of the season. Drew Doughty and Dustin Penner need their first goals. Anze Kopitar needs some help. Terry Murray needs to see a sign of life [...]

NHL 2011-12 season predictions – timing is everything

Predictions – everybody loves them and if you’re correct about half the time, you’re doing pretty well.
Two years ago I had the Los Angeles Kings finishing sixth in the Western Conference. Nailed it.
Last season, I slotted the Kings at fourth during my NHL season preview article. That’s certainly where they should have finished, [...]

Which Team Won’t Be Back?

The NHL’s 2010-11 season is now over, with the Boston Bruins crowned as Stanley Cup Champions.
For those ready to turn the page and look ahead, let’s talk about the Western Conference standings.
Every year there is a certain amount of turnover within the eight teams qualifying for the post-season. For example, last season, four ‘new’ teams [...]

Video Highlights: Kings 4-2 win over Predators

Anze Kopitar has found his groove, 17 points in 11 games.
PennerMania continues, as Dustin Penner now has points in six straight games.
Jonathan Bernier continues to play well against Nashville, pushing his record to 5-1 lifetime with a 1.80 goals against average.
That’s the story, here are the highlights…

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PRIMER: LA Kings at Nashville Predators

Los Angeles has won all three games on the current road trip and is trying to close things out with another two points in Nashville – to mark their first four-game road sweep in franchise history.
Here are seven points to get you primed for the Kings at Predators game coming up in just over an [...]

Kings – Predators Preview w/ Nashville’s Marcel Goc

Against many odds, the Nashville Predators continue to find ways to win enough games to make the playoffs year after year. Last season marked their fifth post season appearance in the last six years.
Yet somehow, coach Barry Trotz, the second-longest tenured coach in the NHL behind only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff, is repeatedly over looked for [...]