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November 27, 2015 2:25 pm - JonRosen

How Quick nearly earned an overtime assist

Through three overtime sessions, both the Los Angeles Kings and their opponents have registered 12 shots on goal. There’s not really much of a consensus yet on which teams have been the best three-on-three teams, but the Kings are 2-0 in games decided in overtime this season, and while their wins over Minnesota and Nashville saw both sides register quality scoring opportunities, Los Angeles had the edge in scoring chances on Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. (The Lightning won, 2-1, in a shootout.) But one of the most interesting plays of the Kings-Bolts game occurred when Jonathan Quick had an […]

November 27, 2015 1:11 pm - JonRosen

November 27 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Anze Kopitar’s season-high minutes played at Tampa Bay: Probably overtime. [Reporter: But he’d been playing a high number of minutes on the trip, too.] The first three or four games of the year he spiked into the two-three, two-four thing, and then we got it back down. It’s a reflection on not so much Kopi but everybody. You want to keep him in that, and it’s the same as Drew. Carts and him, I’d like to keep them in that 18-to-20 thing. That’s where you’d like to keep them both. [Reporter: Just looking at his production, obviously that’s down. […]

November 27, 2015 12:30 pm - JonRosen

King to see doctor this week; November 27 practice notes

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center. The Kings returned to the ice for a regular practice on Friday after a day off on Thursday and lined up similarly to what was shown prior to Andy Andreoff’s move to right wing at the end of the road trip. That alignment included groupings of Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik, Lucic-Carter-Toffoli, Brown-Shore-Lewis and Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan-Weal. Defensive pairings were McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez and a rotation of Ehrhoff and Forbort with McBain. Today’s skate featured ample work on special teams, with the penalty killers holding their sticks upside down. Dwight King (foot) was not in a walking boot and told me […]

November 26, 2015 11:46 am - JonRosen

Waking up with the Kings: November 26

The Kings finished their road trip with a quality performance in a 2-1 shootout defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning that took on intensified urgency for the early season and featured high-level play between two teams that have been successful defensively over the first two months. The Lightning got sticks and bodies in front of Kings chances, preventing a surplus of clean looks at Ben Bishop, who was excellent in denying high-grade looks from Nick Shore, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar before Milan Lucic scored a big goal that earned the Kings a point on a night they very nearly […]

November 25, 2015 8:55 pm - JonRosen

November 25 postgame notes

-With the shootout loss, Los Angeles fell to 12-16-4 all-time against Tampa Bay, a record that includes a road mark of 8-6-2. These teams will meet at Staples Center on December 6 during the Kings’ upcoming home stand. -Los Angeles fell to 5-3-1 against the Eastern Conference and 2-1-1 against the Atlantic Division. -The Kings’ streak of scoring at least two goals ended at 18 consecutive games. -With a three-for-three effort, Los Angeles’ penalty kill finished the trip 19-for-24 (79.2%). The Kings have been shorthanded at least three times in 11 consecutive games. -The Kings did not earn a power […]

November 25, 2015 8:25 pm - James Nicholson

November 25 postgame quotes: Shore, Lucic, Kopitar

Nick Shore, on the game: Well, that’s a good team and I think Quickie did a great job the whole game. He definitely bailed us a couple times. It was definitely good to come back there and get that goal, but unfortunately it’s one short. Shore, on whether he was satisfied with the team posting 38 shots on goal: Yeah, that’s definitely an effort from everybody. We’ve got to get shots to the net and a couple of those chances we just need to capitalize on. Shore, on what they did to take away some of Tampa Bay’s speed: They […]

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