Kings vs Sharks – What Could Happen, Has Happened

Some credit card commercial says there’s a one-in-18 chance of a hat trick being scored in an NHL game.
So, that’s something that could happen.
However, here are a few of the more likely stories to watch for tonight (and some other loosely connected tidbits)…
* Should the Kings win, they’re officially in the playoffs. Also of note […]

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 […]

Quick Aiming to Become Kings First 30-30 Man

Jonathan Quick will be back in net today for the Los Angeles Kings.
With a win, he’ll become the first Kings goaltender to post back-to-back 30 win seasons.
Although the Kings have found much success in Dallas the last few years, they’ve split the two previous games there this season – winning 5-2 in October and losing […]

POLL: Best Gretzky Game with LA Kings

The name Wayne Gretzky means many things to many people.
For most, it simply means hockey.
He retired on April 18, 1999 with 61 NHL records. Since then, only one – most career assists in the All-Star Game – has been broken.
The move that brought him to Los Angeles will probably forever be the biggest trade in […]

Quick Back To Making History for the Kings

Goaltender Jonathan Quick set a number of team records for the Kings last season, including games played (72) and wins (39).
Well, he was back to his old tricks again Saturday night in the Phoenix desert.
Actually, it was Glendale. But, that’s beside the point.
Two weeks ago he earned his 19th victory of the season in […]

LA Kings – Five Years Ago Today

Edmonton. Calgary. Vancouver.
The Kings played many classic games against their former Smythe Division rivals back in the 80s and early 90s.
Anaheim. San Jose. Detroit.
Since moving to Staples Center, the team has played some epic contests against those teams as well.
One team that won’t be making any such list is the Atlanta Thrashers – with one notable exception…
On […]

Ryan Report – Smyth Passing 99 vs Oilers

While these days the Kings are jokingly referred to as Flyers-West, there was a time many years ago when they were Oilers-South.
In fact, the Kings most bitter rival for much of the ’80’s and ’90s was Edmonton. The two teams already didn’t like each other long before the 1988 trade for Wayne Gretzky and they […]

Painting by Numbers with Ryan Smyth

Over his four-plus-year reign as Kings General Manager there can be little arguing Dean Lombardi’s incredible success at the NHL Draft table. However, the possible knocks on his rebuilding project in L.A. have been with free agent signings and trades for veteran players.
Some fans would have preferred a quick fix solution to the team he […]

LA-OTT Game Preview w/ Ottawa’s Chris Neil

The Kings are preparing to take on a fairly unfamiliar opponent later today in the Ottawa Senators. Over five plus seasons since the lockout they’ve only met four times, with LA winning the last three.
One of the game-within-the-game stories for tonight is Chris Neil, who will be celebrating 600 games in the National Hockey League.
Earlier […]

Five Fun Facts for Ryan Smyth’s 1000th NHL Game

Only 256 players in NHL history have played in 1,000 games. Later tonight that number will increase by one when Ryan Smyth suits up for the Kings.
In honor of Rhyno’s accomplishment (or Smitty, or Captain Canada, or Captain California…or whatever you may call him), here are Five Fun Facts to get you primed for the […]