LA Kings Kevin Westgarth recalls many of his key firsts

Chalk one up for the good guys.
With just over five minutes gone by in the second period of last Wednesday’s game vs. Dallas, Kevin Westgarth picked up his first National Hockey League goal. And as the saying goes, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
Sadly, the Kings ended up losing the game – in […]

Kings vs Blackhawks pregame primer – a few fun facts

Before we get into the fun of hearing from a trio of Kings defensemen regarding tonight’s match-up with the Blackhawks, let’s first run through a few quick notes and stats…
– For Simon Gagne and Mike Richards, today’s game may be a little more personal than it is for other members of the Kings. It […]

Is Dustin Penner planning a heel turn?

In pro wrestling, one of the keys to any good heel turn is a slow simmering build. It’s as if the audience knows it’s coming like a storm from far off in the distance. They can see it. They’re just never sure if or when it will reach land.
On January 23, 1984 Hulk Hogan won […]

LA Kings players on the teammate they’re most thankful for

Throughout the U.S. today, people are supposed to be spending time with friends and family, celebrating the things they’re thankful for.
Inside the Kings locker room, here’s what a few of the players had to say when asked which teammate they were most thankful for this year – and why…
Drew Doughty – “Greener (Matt Greene) because […]

10 Tidbits on the Kings come from ahead loss in Dallas

It’s time to close the book on what was a more than disappointing game for the Kings last night in Dallas.  Leading 2-1 with less than three minutes to go, Ethan Moreau took a slashing penalty. Near the end of his time in the box, Jamie Benn scored to even things up. Then, […]

Westgarth goes from ‘stewing in his juices’ into the line-up

Westgarth remains positive (photo: M. Zampelli)

By all accounts, Kevin Westgarth had a great summer. He married his longtime girlfriend and signed a two-year contract extension with the Kings.
Things haven’t been so good since though.
Coming off a season where he played 56 games, roughly two-thirds of the regular season games, he’s only seen action in […]

Ducks at Kings Freeway Faceoff – pregame primer

Tonight will be game number 103 between the Kings and Ducks.
Last year, Anaheim took the season series four games to two.
Through 17 games played by each team, the scales are titled towards the Kings – they have more wins (8 to 6), points (19 to 15), have scored more goals per game (2.41 to a […]

How to fix the Kings – the line combos Murray should use

They call him the juggler.
Kings coach Terry Murray has been known to mix up the line combinations, to the point he recently joked about keeping a line together ‘for three or four more games.’
However, one thing that isn’t too funny is the Kings lack of scoring this season. Over the summer, they […]

Murray – ‘That line could be together another three games’

Sometimes, with guys like Kevin Westgarth and Matt Greene, it’s hard to tell if they’re being serious. The humor is always present.  With other people, say – Kings coach Terry Murray – you’re not always expecting a joke or even a wise crack. Like any good leader though, he’ll keep you on your […]

LA Kings at Colorado Avalanche – what to watch for

Today’s will be just the second back-to-back series of the season for LA…and, unfortunately, they’ll be doing it at high altitude.
On the plus side, the Kings have dominated the Avs of late – winning eight of the last nine games, including five straight and the last three in Denver.
Colorado’s home record is also one of […]