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 [...]

Kings forward Wayne Simmonds – Born for Playoff Hockey?

Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty – best friends, roommates, former OHL rivals…the bond is strong, for sure.
They also share a bit of history with Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll. All four played their first game as a member of the Kings together. It was October 2008, at Staples Center, versus San Jose.
Tonight, they’ll face off [...]

Kings-Sharks Preview: Matt Greene Sees Depth vs Skill

When it comes to the Kings biggest strength heading into the series, Jack Johnson and said it’s the team’s defense, Kyle Clifford went with ‘character’ and Drew Doughty agreed with Johnson, defense.
Matt Greene finished the regular season with 243 hits – second best on the team for the third straight year. He’s also increased his [...]

Without Their Top Player, Kings Down Sharks in Game One

It’s not the player you’re thinking of. And it’s a different game one.
On October 16, 1991 the Los Angeles Kings were about to play host to the NHL’s newest team, the San Jose Sharks.
Shortly after the morning skate early that day, Wayne Gretzky received a phone call that his father was in the hospital after [...]

How tough will the Kings line-up be vs. San Jose Sharks?

Kevin Westgarth, the Kings resident heavyweight this season, played in the final seven regular season games – where the Kings went 3-4.
One of those loses was to the Sharks on April 4th.
For the season, Westgarth suited up in four of the six games between the two teams and LA was 1-3 in those games. When [...]

Murray – not much ‘special’ in playoff match-up w/ Sharks

When it comes to special teams in the upcoming series with San Jose, the Kings fourth-ranked penalty kill (85.5% success rate for the season) will be tested by the Sharks second-ranked power play (23.5% conversion rate for the season).
When you go the other way, both the Kings and Sharks units ranked in the bottom [...]

Kings Win, But Still Want More

“Made the playoffs…. Now time to get home ice!” – Dustin Brown’s tweet after the game.
No need for a fancy press conference or long extended quotes from the team captain. That statement says it all.
The Kings have been a very workman like group this year. There isn’t a flashy superstar carrying the load offensively or [...]

Los Angeles Kings Players on the ‘Other’ Trap Game

When you think Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings, it’s easy to think about a low scoring affair – especially given the calibre of goaltending on both sides.
Add in some good defensemen for each club and you usually have a recipe for a long night, something Jack Johnson talked about after practice yesterday – saying, “Games [...]

Jarret Stoll Gets Physical with the Dallas Stars

Things aren’t always as they appear.
Prior to the season staring, a number of guests stopped by MayorsManor to weigh-in with their thoughts on the coming 82 games.
During one such conversation with John Buccigross of ESPN, he said “This doesn’t seem like a team that is expected to go anywhere,” when talking about the Dallas Stars.
They [...]

Dustin Penner’s Special Relationship with the Dallas Stars

On November 23, 2005 the Kings were spending a day off in Nashville, caught between playing days on a brief two-game road trip.
Nearly 700 miles away a young left winger was about to suit up for his fourth different team in less than two years. More importantly, he was about to make his NHL debut [...]