10 Key Dates for LA Kings, including 2011 training camp

Soon after the Stanley Cup parade takes place in some North American city, it happens.
Millions of fans everywhere began to experience hockey withdrawals, or ‘summer’ as it’s more commonly referred to.
Fortunately, the early part of the off-season has a hat-trick of activities that can partially keep the fire stoked via the NHL Awards, NHL Draft […]

Mike Richards on LA Kings first game – ‘hatred’ for Rangers, ready to fight Brandon Dubinsky again

Richards v Dubinsky (Photo by Bob Fina)

Drafted 24th overall by Philadelphia in 2003, Canadian Mike Richards played two more years of junior hockey before making his NHL debut for the Flyers.
The night was October 5, 2005 and they were playing the New York Rangers.
In the second period of that game, Richards scored what was described […]

RECAP: LA Kings dman Rob Scuderi on NHL Live

Veteran Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi joined the guys on NHL Live radio earlier this morning.
Among the topics were trade rumors and the play of Jack Johnson. Below are the key highlights…
[as always, these are near quotes – some information has been paraphrased]
Q: Being from the greater New York area, how many tickets did you […]

Ranking the Honda Center and other NHL Buildings

Occasionally when you come across something of interest you file it away in the back of your brain for later.
While preparing for the trip down to Anaheim tonight my thoughts were drawn back to a recent article from Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider.com , where he ranked his favorite NHL cities.
Having been to 27 different NHL […]

Cruising the Mall with Simmonds and Doughty

What’s the first thing Wayne Simmonds did upon returning to Los Angeles recently?
“I didn’t do much. I pretty much slept all day (Sunday). When you’re on a long road trip like that you don’t always get the sleep that you want. So, when you come home and you get that day off you use it […]

Shooting it Out with Jarret Stoll and Coach Murray

If the game goes to a shootout, take Jarret Stoll.
He’s pretty much Mr. Automatic at this point.
“I don’t know about that,” he said after practice on Monday. “It’s good to score some and try to help get two points. We just have to find a way to win those (shootouts) when we’re in them and […]

Willie Mitchell Not Sure What Went Wrong

As of Saturday morning the Kings were flying high, having picked up points in 11 straight games.
Later than night they were playing the Islanders – one of the worst teams in the league. Granted, it was being played in Long Island, not the comfy confines of Staples Center. Yet still, they should have been able […]

End of the Road for Kings Point Streak (w/ video)

Prior to the game Kings Coach Terry Murray said the team needed a win over the Islanders to make a good road trip a great one.
So, 3-1-2 is going to have to be good enough.
Clearly, his players weren’t ready to go when the puck first dropped. However, the same cant be said for the home […]

Ponikarovsky’s Points and Westgarth’s Fists

One of my favorite quotes from a Kings player as they wrapped up practice last week in El Segundo (before heading out on this six game road trip through the Easter Conference) was Alexei Ponikarovsky saying “I think all the teams we’re going to play on this trip are pretty good teams. So, it’s going […]

Brown Gets 2, Kings 1, NYR Wins (w/ MSG video)

Rolling, rolling, rolling.
Another game, another point for the LA Kings. That’s 11 straight now without a loss in regulation (8-0-3). And just one shy of a dozen games in a row with at least a point.
Credit to the Kings for coming back twice to tie the game in the third period. However, overtime is becoming a […]