Is opportunity knocking on Trevor Lewis’ door?

Rookie or not, Trevor Lewis has been a valuable piece of the Kings arsenal this season.
Used mostly as a defensive forward, he’s occasionally moved up to a higher profile line and did so again in game two (when Jarret Stoll was out).
During the regular season he averaged 11:29 of ice time per game – and [...]

Smyth’s been here before with a few of these guys

Last hour, Willie Mitchell shared his experience of being down 3-1 in two different playoff series back in 2003.
Well, at least four other Kings players have been there as well – and it was all in the same series, the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals between Carolina and Edmonton.
The Hurricanes had jumped out to a 3-1 [...]

Willie Mitchell has seen this all before

photo courtesy of www.sharkspage.com 

When you talk to a professional athlete about their team’s performance you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get.
Will it be full of cliches and other non answers? Will the response include deflection, praise for the other team or even back-handed compliments?
With Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell it’s been the same thing [...]

Matt Greene on what’s needed right now

Prior to the series with San Jose starting last week, most felt the Kings strength was their defense and the offense was going to need all the help it could get.
Well, for the most part, things have played out the exact opposite.
Through four games, the team has scored 14 goals, an average of 3.5 goals per [...]

Dustin Penner is a man of few words these days

Ah, it was a much simpler time.
All the way back to February 28th.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi took a big swing and traded three assets for left wing Dustin Penner.
It was partly a sign of confidence in what his hockey club was capable of doing down the stretch and equally necessary given the lack of scoring [...]

Which Kings player will get off first?

The Kings have scored first in two of the three playoff games with the Sharks.
And they have a 1-1 record to show for it.
Still, when game four gets underway tonight, the coaches, the players and the fans will all be looking for the Kings to score first and take control early. They’ll need to win [...]

Coach Terry Murray on Westgarth 2.0

Last hour we looked at the evolving – and improving – game of Kevin Westgarth through the first three games of the series with San Jose.
Before the playoffs started, I asked coach Terry Murray if he expected to play Westgarth the entire series, to which he responded “No, probably not. He might play in the [...]

Kevin Westgarth Presents – Westie 2.0

Over 56 regular season games, Kevin Westgarth accumulated three assists and 105 penalty minutes.
In Tuesday’s game with San Jose, he added another assist – helping out on Willie Mitchell‘s goal, to put the Kings up 1-0 just a few minutes into the first period.
Earlier in the series he came oh-so-close to netting his first NHL goal.
Even [...]

Clifford’s picking up points and gifts in the playoffs

The Energy Line, the Prime Line, call them whatever you will – in the playoffs, maybe it should be the Power Line.
Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds are the top point producing unit for the Kings through three games.
Normally, it wouldn’t be much to talk about just a few games into a series. However, [...]

One game doesn’t make a season…or a series

From as little as one game to as many as 805…
Babych – Bach – Backstrom – Barnes – Barney – Baron – Barrett – Barrie – Batyrshin – Baumgartner – Beck – Bednar – Bekar – Belanger – Benning – Berg – Bergeron – Bernier – Bernier – Berry – Berthiaume – Beverley – Bjugstad [...]