Blackhawks game – three points of view from LA blueline

Tonight will be the first match-up of the year between the Kings and Blackhawks. Last season, Chicago took all four games in the series, pushing their win streak over Los Angeles to six straight and they’re 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings overall.
Last hour we looked at some fun facts leading into tonight’s game […]

NHRA champ Tony Schumacher talks Blackhawks, Kings

Tony Schumacher (photo: NHRA)

Tony Schumacher may drive an NHRA top fuel car for a living, but he easily relates to the pressure that comes from playing in overtime of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Yes, he’s a seven-time World Champion. Yet, perhaps his defining sports moment was in 2006. Entering the final race of the season he and […]

Stoll on the Stars, skill, stats and snapping them back

Last hour we heard from Drew Doughty, who shared some thoughts about the Kings match-up tonight with the Dallas Stars.
Now, we turn to some comments from Jarret Stoll…
“We know they’re a good team,” said LA’s third line center. “They have a lot of skill and a lot of guys that can hurt you. You […]

Westgarth goes from ‘stewing in his juices’ into the line-up

Westgarth remains positive (photo: M. Zampelli)

By all accounts, Kevin Westgarth had a great summer. He married his longtime girlfriend and signed a two-year contract extension with the Kings.
Things haven’t been so good since though.
Coming off a season where he played 56 games, roughly two-thirds of the regular season games, he’s only seen action in […]

Detroit Red Wings at LA Kings – five things to know

When the Red Wings arrive at Staples Center this afternoon, it will be the first time they see the Kings this season.
– Over the last six games between the two teams, LA has gone 5-1-0.
– The Kings are 6-1-0 with Slava Voynov in the line-up. Yes, they are also 2-0 with Andrei Loktionov too.
– Detroit’s […]

Occupy The Ponda – Kings at Ducks pregame primer

Divisional games in any sport are supposed to be close. So, last night’s 2-1 win by the Kings in a shootout looks to fit the bill. However, it was probably a game where they gave the visiting Ducks a free point.
LA entered the third period up 1-0 on a goal by Mike Richards, who converted […]

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 […]

Oilers at Kings: pregame primer – dmen ready to turn tables

You can say ‘it’s only been 11 games,’ but I don’t think you’d find many people who would have predicted the Oilers would be ahead of the Kings in the standings at any point this season.
While the Kings have often been compared to the Blackhawks of a few years ago, in terms of the young […]

LA Kings at Colorado Avalanche – what to watch for

Today’s will be just the second back-to-back series of the season for LA…and, unfortunately, they’ll be doing it at high altitude.
On the plus side, the Kings have dominated the Avs of late – winning eight of the last nine games, including five straight and the last three in Denver.
Colorado’s home record is also one of […]

LA Kings at Phoenix Coyotes – what to watch for

Yes, that fine graphic comes to you courtesy of the Phoenix Coyotes.
The two teams split their season series last year 3-3. And when they met last week for the first time this season, Jonathan Quick picked up a 2-0 shutout.
Here are a few things to look for tonight.
– Drew Doughty: After missing the last five […]