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February 8, 2016 3:24 pm - JonRosen

Using video, Pearson looks inward at his game

For Tanner Pearson, there have been thrilling days before, and there will clearly be some great days ahead. He’s 23, and given the injuries he’s endured – a broken wrist, and broken fibulas in both legs since he was 15 – the winger has never played more than 66 regular season games in any junior or professional season. Now, through 51 games with the Kings, he has six goals and 21 points to his name. They’re respectable if modest numbers, and numbers he’s been stuck on or near for quite some time. With no goals and one assist over his […]

February 8, 2016 11:49 am - JonRosen

After four days of learning, Kings finally hit the road

Because the Ontario Reign don’t always play mid-week games – they’re on a weekend-heavy, 68-game schedule – the team’s development staff has incorporated Development Days into the team’s rhythm. They’re detail and systems-reinforcing practices led by members of the team’s well respected development staff as well as coaches Mike Stothers and Chris Hajt. With a Western Conference-leading .714 points percentage, it could be argued that such an outreach has had a positive effect on the team’s play during periods when game action isn’t as regular. Over the past four days, the Kings were faced with a similar break in the […]

February 8, 2016 10:09 am - JonRosen

February 8 practice notes

Good morning from the team charter, which is about to begin taxiing in advance of takeoff. There should be some weather in Boston when we arrive this evening. The Kings took the ice shortly before 8:30 a.m. – the second time they’ve chosen to practice in advance of a cross-country flight this season – and worked on special teams play to conclude the four-day, three-practice stretch of non-game days. Today’s practice featured power play breakouts and transition, and ultimately in-zone work in which the penalty killers held their sticks by the blades in an effort to facilitate puck movement by […]

February 7, 2016 10:41 am - JonRosen

Broncos fans on the Kings / Super Bowl open thread

There are a pair of Broncos fans on the Kings, and it doesn’t take much sleuthing to blow their cover. The team’s lone Coloradan, Nick Shore recalled catching a game at old Mile High Stadium, the Broncos’ base from which they launched their 1998 and 1999 title campaigns. It was the game in which Jason Elam nailed an NFL-record 63 yard field goal. “Everyone’s always followed them ever since Elway started there,” he said of his family, “so we got to see a couple championships when we were younger, so that was cool.” Trevor Lewis of neighboring Utah followed the […]

February 6, 2016 10:57 am - JonRosen

February 6 practice notes: Another long skate

-Good morning to you from Toyota Sports Center in advance of today’s Tip-A-King festivities. Hopefully by the time the players arrive at Discovery Cube they’ll have caught their breath after another extended, detail-oriented practice. Following yesterday’s 70-minute skate, today’s practice was roughly 50 minutes in length in an effort to continue to drive home systems play during a four-day break in the schedule. The team is off Sunday and will practice early Monday morning before boarding the flight to Boston. -There was more of a transition focus in today’s skate, according to Brayden McNabb. “I don’t think we were very […]

February 5, 2016 4:37 pm - JonRosen

LAKI media panel at Tip-A-King!

Insiders. Bloggers. Passersby. If you’re at Tip-A-King tomorrow afternoon, come chat with Jim Fox, Rich Hammond and me from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s one of the last “official” events at Tip-A-King, and it will contain substantial discourse on this Kings team, league topics and hockey media. We’re going to have fun. This isn’t going to be “class.” It’ll be interactive, and you’ll ask questions to the former and current Insiders as well as one of the most highly respected analysts in the sport. It will take place in the 4D Theater, which sounds like an incredible type of theater, […]

February 5, 2016 4:03 pm - JonRosen

Systems reinforced, direction addressed before long trip

The Kings are in an interesting and unique predicament when it comes to setting up their schedule in advance of the annual Grammy Trip. They’ll fly to Boston on Monday morning to open a seven-game swing that will also pit them against all three New York-area teams, Washington, St. Louis and Nashville. Prior to league play Friday, all seven opponents currently occupy a playoff spot. But before embarking on this two-week challenge, they’re stuck in holding mode. They won’t play this weekend, though practices Friday, Saturday and Monday will be sandwiched around Saturday’s annual Tip-A-King fundraising event. Because of outside […]

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