Lombardi on what he’s seen from Doughty, Voynov and the young D

Guess what?  There’s even more from today’s conference call with Kings GM Dean Lombardi.  In the following riff he talks about the team’s young defense – starting with the play of Keaton Ellerby and then moving on to Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and other guys manning the blueline…
“As a collective unit it’s the youngest in the league. [...]

Fill In The Blank: Game 11 feedback – Kings at Blues

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It’s time for more input from the readers.
Following what may have been their best game of the year on Sunday in Detroit, the Kings rolled into St. Louis on Monday and stomped a mudhole in the Blues.  Things went so bad for the home team, their captain called out his teammates before the night was [...]

The Russian Report with Slava Voynov

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Russian defenseman Slava Voynov has become a mainstay in Los Angeles since they traded Jack Johnson midway through last season. In 54 regular season games with the Kings he produced eight goals and 20 points. Voynov also suited up for all 20 games in the playoffs.
When the lockout hit he was able to play in Manchester [...]

Game 2: Kings at Avs – post-game notes, quotes and highlights

So much for that new look power play talked about here yesterday.  The Kings went 0-6 with the man-advantage in last night’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Amze Kopitar returned to the line-up in Denver, but didn’t register a single shot in the game and uncharacteristically won less than half of the faceoffs he took [...]

Lombardi and players help close the book on Thomas Hickey

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If there are two sides to every story, the truth about Thomas Hickey probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi was hired in April 2006, two months in advance of the NHL Draft that June. With his first selection as the head of the team’s table at the league’s annual ball for amateur players, Lombardi selected [...]

Ontario Reign midseason review and look ahead

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Report filed by Scott Coffman for MayorsManor…
It’s been a successful start to the 2012-13 season for the Ontario Reign, especially considering they entered play as defending champions of the ECHL’s Pacific Division and have controlled the standings once again over the past few months.
The current campaign kicked off with their core roster returning from last year – Derek [...]

Highlights: Pair of goals from Kozun and Vey pace Monarchs nine goal night

After a nine goal outburst vs. the Connecticut Whale, the Monarchs now have a new franchise best for goals in a single game. Kings forward – and Stanley Cup Champion – Jordan Nolan started the onslaught when he put one in the net just past the five minute mark of the first period.
Before the first [...]

Highlights and interviews from Monarchs 3-0 def of Bruins

LA Kings 2012 first round draft pick Tanner Pearson seems to be adjusting just fine to his rookie season in the AHL so far. Playing with a 1-0 lead Saturday night vs the Providence Bruins, Pearson found the back of the net seven minutes into the third – extending the Monarchs lead to 2-0.  It was his [...]

Highlights from Monarchs 4-1 win, Brandon Kozun doubles up

Kings prospect Brandon Kozun started the season with a modest six-game point streak. He was then held off the score sheet in the Monarchs two most recent games, played last weekend. So, it was time to get things going again.
With his regular center (Andrei Loktionov) nursing a minor injury, Kozun played with Marc Andre Cliche to [...]

Dwight King on being linked to Jordan Nolan

Jordan Nolan and Dwight King were called up to the NHL together on February 10th.
They both played 20 games in the playoffs last spring and won a Stanley Cup together.
Over the final 27 games of the regular season Nolan scored two goals with the Kings…and King scored in those same games as well.
When they first [...]