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 [...]

LA Kings Players on Second Chance with Flyers

Earlier today, in an article here, Kings resident tough guy Kevin Westgarth spoke about playing the Flyers for the second time this season.
Below, a few others weigh in on if they think it’s an advantage…
Jack Johnson – Yes and no. It’s still a hockey game. Everyone knows every player around the league pretty well, just [...]

Kings at Pens By the Numbers, plus Video Highlights

Although Kings coach Terry Murray declined to share his point goal for the road trip prior to the team leaving for Pittsburgh, I’ll stand by my previous mark of 15 points in the 10 games played before they return to Staples Center on February 24.
They picked up a point tonight, losing to the Penguins with [...]

Ponikarovsky Wants To Win ‘Em All

While tonight’s return to Pittsburgh may be bittersweet for Rob Scuderi, it probably won’t be anything close to similar for teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky. After spending seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was acquired by the Penguins in a deadline deal last March.
It was a move that didn’t pay off for either the [...]

HIGH / LOW with LA Kings Forwards

Earlier this week the Kings reached the midpoint of their 82-game regular season. In a separate article today we shared comments from the Kings’ defensemen, providing their thoughts on the first half of the season.
Now, let’s see what eight of the forwards have to say…
Wayne Simmonds – Obviously, I don’t think up to this point our [...]

For Those Scoring Along at Home…

The Kings will go with several new line combinations tonight.
Plus, a possible Elvis sighting at Staples Center?
* Alexei Ponikarovsky returns to the line-up and will move all the way up to the top unit with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. With his old team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming to town on Monday night, was [...]

New Year’s Resolutions with Kevin Westgarth

Besides size and strength, one of the many things Kevin Westgarth brings to the Kings this season is a great sense of humor. Perhaps it’s the Princeton education that helps him come up with such great quotes. Or perhaps it’s because he has plenty of time to sit on the bench and think of his [...]

He’s Back… Five Questions with Willie Mitchell

As Willie Mitchell prepares for his return to the Kings line-up tonight, we caught up with him for an exclusive interview.
Among the topics he talks about is trying to find a positive in being out injured, tonight’s milestone game and he weighs in on young defenseman, Alec Martinez.
MM: Any observations while watching the team [...]

Ponikarovsky – Reporting From The Sidelines

Alexei Ponikarovsky was brought in this summer to essentially replace Alexander Frolov on the third line.
He seemed to be fitting in just nicely until he broke his finger on November 6th vs. Nashville – ironically, the same night fellow newcomer, Willie Mitchell, was injured too.
In the article below, Ponikarovsky talks Florida Panthers hockey, updates [...]

Post Practice Comments – Michal Handzus

Had a chance to catch up with several of the players today after practice - including Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell, Kyle Clifford, Jake Muzzin, Kevin Westgarth, etc.
First up, Michal Handzus…
MM:  It’s been four games now with your new linemate Alexi Ponikarovsky.  What’s your assessment on how things are going so far?
MH:  I don’t think we’ve played up [...]