Murray concerned about Bernier, but he ‘sucked it up’

Jonathan Bernier has played twice as many games against the Nashville Predators as he has versus any other NHL team – including starting all four games between the Kings and Predators last season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 goals-against average.
This season, Bernier was off to another slow start, losing the only two games […]

LA Kings at New Jersey Devils – three things to watch for

Tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and new Jersey Devils will feature a pair of homecomings and a season debut.
The two clubs last met on October 30, 2010 in LA and the Kings were victorious 3-1, led by goals from Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll.
Here are three things to watch for on each side […]

LA Kings def Rangers in OT, post-game notes and video

Many of the areas the Kings were hoping to improve over the summer were on display front and center in today’s 3-2 overtime win against the Rangers.
Jack Johnson scored a power play goal with about a minute left in the extra session and then was mobbed by his teammates, in a scene that looked more […]

Mike Richards has ideas to help the LA Kings power play

Earlier this week we posted a conversation with LA Kings coach Terry Murray, where we talked about some of his plans for the power play next season.
Call it a follow-up piece to several discussions with Murray and GM Dean Lombardi about what changes need to take place to improve last season’s dismal 16.1% conversion rate.
With the […]

Kings coach Murray discusses next season’s power play

Coach Murray during drills (photo: K. Spatz)

During a recent conversation with Kings coach Terry Murray at their training facility in El Segundo we not only talked about prospects and Dustin Penner’s off-season training, he also shed a little light on his power play plans for next season.
As many Kings fans recall, Murray and his coaching […]

Kings Roundtable Discussion on Power Play and Prospects

Part two of the recent roundtable discussion on the Los Angeles Kings is now available.
The conversation continues with Dennis Bernstein of The 4th Period, Jon Moncrief of the Examiner, Dave Joseph of ESPN and several others.
The group was pulled together by the guys over at KingsCast and in this segment we talk in-depth about Jamie Kompon, […]

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar – What if? And what’s next?

March 23, 1994 will forever be remembered as the night Kings captain Wayne Gretzky passed Gordie Howe to become the all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history.
I’m not so sure March 26, 2011 will have the same staying power over time. But, for now, it’s the date that Kings players, fans and management can’t erase […]

GM Dean Lombardi on the LA Kings’ poor power play

So – Kings GM Dean Lombardi says he likes the ‘calmness’ coach Terry Murray brings to the team and thinks he still has room to grow – just like the players (full article and quotes here).
But, what about the team’s poor power play?
Well, he talks coaching, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and more…
Lombardi – “I […]

Los Angeles Kings Players are Quick to Praise

While much has been made of the Kings power play success in the first playoff two games with San Jose – and rightfully so, considering the regular season numbers – the play of Jonathan Quick shouldn’t (and hasn’t) gone unnoticed.
After a variety of reasons were given for his poor play down the stretch last year, […]

Ryan Smyth Looking for Help From Seventh Attacker

Ryan Smyth had already played in 87 NHL playoff games, spanning 10 different trips to the post-season, before the Kings and Sharks met up on Thursday night.
Although that gives him the advantage of experience, each new series brings its own story lines, challenges and surprises.
After practice today, he spoke about a few of the […]