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September 30, 2016 10:44 pm - JonRosen

September 30 postgame quotes: Sutter, Carter, LaDue

Darryl Sutter, on Jeff Carter’s line and his first preseason game: The line really didn’t play together much. Jeff, for being off five months, played pretty well. Sutter, on whether he was happy with the five-on-five play: Yeah. We made a mistake four-on-four, lost a defenseman, and took a penalty when killing a penalty, and we had lots of chances. We were good in the offensive zone, I think. You’re not going to win scoring one goal, and you’re not going to win giving up three. Sutter, on Paul LaDue’s game-by-game progress: I think tonight was not progress. I think […]

September 30, 2016 10:16 pm - JonRosen

Nick Shore leaves game early after awkward fall

Forward Nick Shore fell to the ice awkwardly during his second shift of Los Angeles’ 3-1 exhibition loss to Colorado on Friday and is being evaluated for an injury, according to a hockey operations source. The Denver native was credited with 47 seconds of ice time and won the only faceoff he took. Preseason games to Colorado have been costly in recent years. Jake Muzzin suffered a sprained knee during an exhibition game in Denver in 2013, a broken thumb in Colorado Springs in 2014 and an upper-body injury in Denver in 2015. In that same 2015 game at the […]

September 30, 2016 5:43 pm - JonRosen

Live Blog: Los Angeles at Colorado

Colorado Avalanche 3, Los Angeles Kings 1 Third Period, 1:35 remaining Live Audio Stream (starts at 5:30 p.m. PT) Box Score SOG: LAK – 34, COL – 22 PP: LAK – 0/5, COL – 1/5 LAK starters: G Jeff Zatkoff, D Brayden McNabb, D Paul LaDue, LW Dwight King, C Nick Shore, RW Trevor Lewis COL starters: G Semyon Varlamov, D Patrick Wiercioch, D Nikita Zadorov, LW A.J. Greer, C Mikhail Grigorenko, RW Mike Sislo THIRD PERIOD 20:00: And we’re off. Kings continuing to give Paul LaDue a long look. Most ice time on the Kings through two periods. 19:00: […]

September 30, 2016 3:30 pm - JonRosen

Big season expected from Pearson, which comes with a catch-22

Tanner Pearson, once the wheels got rolling, had a fine 2015-16 season. He scored three times in overtime – including a postseason dagger – and totaled 16 goals and 24 points over his final 33 regular season and playoff games months after some earlier periodic inertia led to a few healthy scratches. But with 79 games played, it was Pearson’s first full regular season in the NHL, and those slips in detail may be somewhat symptomatic of a younger player who was experiencing the ebbs and flows of his longest season to date. That’s not going to fly this year. […]

September 30, 2016 12:29 pm - JonRosen

September 30 morning skate notes; Clifford quotes, Dowd audio

Good afternoon to you from the base of Mt. Loud. If you are unfamiliar with Mt. Loud, it is The Peak of Noise. Don’t try to find it on any maps. The Kings took the ice at the Pepsi Center shortly before 11:30 a.m. and aligned as such: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli King-Shore-Lewis Clifford-Dowd-Purcell Mersch-Crescenzi-Brodzinski Wagner-Bjorkstrand-Bissonnette (extras) Forbort-Greene McNabb-LaDue Gravel-Gilbert Reddekopp-Cernak (extras) Zatkoff Campbell Flinn (extra) -Welcome back, Jeff Carter. The veteran forward is expected to make his preseason debut after undergoing a lower-body injury in training shortly before World Cup camps opened. I’ll look to speak with him for a few minutes […]

September 29, 2016 9:03 pm - JonRosen

The “all business” approach to playing for his father, Kings

It’s not necessarily easy for Brett Sutter to answer questions about playing for his father, Darryl. Wherever he’s played, he’s been just another one of the guys, an honest, hardworking two-way player, an effective forechecker. At any of his major junior or American Hockey League stops, or with the Calgary Flames, or Carolina Hurricanes, or Minnesota Wild, he’s been evaluated not by the name on the back of his jersey, but because of what he has done to help the emblem on the front. So, when presented with the opportunity to suit up for the Kings – as he did […]

September 29, 2016 4:21 pm - JonRosen

September 29 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On watching the game from upstairs on Wednesday: It’s a good place to watch a game from. Wanted to see some system things we’ve been working on, see where we’re at from a team standpoint and individual. On the next step he’d like to see Tanner Pearson take: Play a full season again. Contribute at both ends of the ice. I’d like to see his numbers go up offensively. He’s a really reliable guy. He’s a guy you can count on. Just want him to take that next step. We need that group of guys to really take a step […]

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