In the Room: Kings and Hurricanes talk LA’s 3-2 win

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Following the Kings 3-2 win vs. the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, here is what was being said in both locker rooms:
Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the overall game:
“We controlled the game in the offensive zone, so we did what we wanted. We tried to get to the net, but [Cam] Ward’s been hot. […]

Things You May Not Know: Hurricanes-Kings Edition

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The NHL schedule makers wasted no time getting this season’s two-game set between the Kings and Hurricanes out of the way. Carolina hosted the initial meeting a few weeks ago and came away 3-2 winners. Now, the clubs will meet up in downtown LA this evening to finish things off. Before they meet on the […]

Puck Probability: Odds for Hurricanes at Kings, November 20

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Coming off a 5-2 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the Kings will now play host to the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that beat LA on the East Coast earlier this month. Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar returned from injury that night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-2 loss. Tonight, they’ll […]

Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Hurricanes , November 2

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They say you never forget your first, and with the Kings visiting Carolina today, that probably means two different things for a trio of players. Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene don’t have the best memories playing against the Hurricanes. Then with the Oilers, they lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the squad […]

Williams realizing what he can get away with on the ice

Justin Williams (photo: D. Sheehan) 

Leave it to the the Blues to slow down the surging Justin Williams. He entered last night with points in nine straight games (four goals, seven assists). However, he has struggled against St. Louis throughout his career – finding the back of the net just once in 17 career games.
And like clock […]

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 […]

Kopitar Comes Close at NHL All Star Game

The Los Angeles Kings (and their fans) have faced many injustices this season – from what should have been Ryan Smyth’s game tying goal in Ottawa to Jonathan Quick not being included on the NHL All Star team. And yes, there was also the blown call against Phoenix, which later cost GM Dean Lombardi a […]

Kings-Wild Preview with Patrick O’Sullivan

Soon after Dean Lombardi arrived as GM of the LA Kings in 2006 he made two then-somewhat-unpopular trades. Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason were traded to Carolina for Jack Johnson. And Patrick O’Sullivan was acquired from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Pavol Demitra.
It’s obvious at this point which ended up being the better of […]

Ryan Smyth on the almost-King, Ray Whitney

For the first time in…well, a really long time…the Kings were buyers at the NHL Trading Deadline last season – instead of the sellers the team had become the last five plus years.
Rather than trading away players for future assets, they acquired two rentals for a playoff push, Freddy Modin and Jeff Halpern. Neither were […]

Comments from the kids – Muzzin and Clifford

As announced yesterday, Kyle Clifford will return to the line-up tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, after sitting out the last two games.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin will also play again. He’s played in every game so far this season.
Both players spent last year in junior hockey and were recognized in the OHL Coaches Poll for their strong […]