We know you’re busy, so let’s help catch you up on some of the Kings news, notes, and nonsense that maybe was missed over the past few days. Using our popular 10 Tidbits format, here’s all the latest info you need to know:
1. We’ll begin with some encouraging news. Kings prospect Andre Lee was having a fantastic training camp, only to suffer a knee injury that sidelined him for about a month. We’re happy to report that he skated with the Ontario Reign in a red jersey on Wednesday and there were reportedly no issues. From what we understand, the plan is to have him be a full participant in practice on Saturday (i.e. without the red jersey). If all goes well, he’s on track to make his season debut next Friday vs. the Calgary Wranglers.
2. While we’re at it, here’s a little more player news:
Look for Jaret Anderson-Dolan to play for the Ontario Reign tonight. May play Sunday too .
More to come on MM soon. #DDJAD
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) November 10, 2023
Jaret Anderson-Dolan has only played in one NHL game this season, coming back on Oct. 14 vs. Carolina. He only had 6:51 of ice time that night and registered one shot on goal. While that sounds bad, keep in mind that without Viktor Arvidsson’s injury leading to him being placed on LTIR, Anderson-Dolan would most likely be in the AHL, as the Kings would only have the cap room to carry one extra player (and that was going to be a defenseman).
Tonight will mark JAD’s second AHL game with Ontario this season. He also suited up for Reign coach Marco Sturm back on Oct. 25 in Coachella Valley. Look for him to get top line minutes this evening, playing left wing opposite Kings prospect Tyler Madden.
3. As for Toby Bjornfot — who also has only played in one AHL game this season — we’re told that a similar AHL move has been discussed internally, but the team isn’t quite ready to make that move just yet. A conditioning assignment will probably happen at some point; most likely when the Kings and Reign schedules align in a way that minimizes his time away from LA. At the end of the day, he’s the ‘extra’ defenseman who needs to remain available should he be called upon by Kings coach Todd McLellan.
4. While we’re on the big club, LA earned one point in their overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. That ended their four-game home winning streak against the Pittsburgh (going back to Jan. 12, 2019). However, it still gives the Kings points in 10 of the last 12 games when they’ve hosted the Penguins, posting a 7-2-3 record over that span.
When they meet up again in Pittsburgh on Feb. 18, it will be a special night:
Etched on the Cup. And now, raised to the rafters.
The Penguins will raise two-time Stanley Cup Champion @68Jagr's jersey to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena on Feb. 18 vs. the Kings as part of a pre-game celebration. Details: https://t.co/tev827q8Fs pic.twitter.com/SYdzZbBCjJ
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 10, 2023
5. Sometimes, stats can just be bonkers.
2017-18: Flyers lose to 0-10-1 Coyotes
2023-24: Flyers lose to 0-10-1 Sharks
They're the only team in NHL history to lose twice to a team that was winless in 10+ games on the season.
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) November 8, 2023
6. In financial news, the Kings are estimated to be worth $1.72 billion, sixth highest in the NHL. Think you can correctly name the five ahead of them? This year’s full list is provided in the tweet from Ryan Pike.
FYI team revenue amounts in Sportico valuation article are net revenue sharing (contribution/receipts) and includes team’s share of national TV/sponsorship $. Also includes non-NHL revenue from concerts/events where teams own or control their buildings. Big $ for large markets.
— Richard Rodier (@NhLplayer123) November 8, 2023
Well, this is certainly an interesting twist on that info:
7. For longtime Kings fans, this isn’t the best way to begin your day on twitter:
8. Let’s try to end on a few high notes. Here’s an item on former Kings forward Mike Richards — who hasn’t been heard from much over the past five-plus years:
The Captain Returns.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 9, 2023
9. Kings prospect Kenny Connors will be on TV later today. For all of you who thought you were in early on Alex Laferriere when he played at Harvard, here’s your chance to buy stock early on the player who is potentially LA’s next breakout player from the collegiate ranks. Originally selected at the 2022 NHL Draft, Connors has gone on to play for Team USA at the World Junior Championship and was singled out as one of the more impressive players at Dev Camp by the Kings Development Staff. Last season, he had 26 points in 32 games for UMass. Thus far this season, he’s scored a pair of goals in the first 8 games.
Conners and the No. 14 ranked Minutemen take on Vermont at 4:00pm Pacific in a game that can be viewed on NESN (DirecTV channel 628)
10. And finally, don’t miss the two best teams on the planet when it comes to women’s hockey. This year’s USA-Canada Rivalry Series lands in Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon with a game at Crypto Arena. On the international stage, there is no bigger rivalry and these two teams seem to always be playing for gold medals. USA is riding high after winning the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship (and they’ll host the 2024 edition next year), plus they picked up a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of the series earlier this week. See here for details and other fun facts.
If you missed Tuesday’s Tidbits, they’re linked below for your reference.
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