November 2011 - Page 3 of 22 - LA Kings Insider
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Targets still in sight for Kings

To be certain, this season hasn’t started the way the Kings had hoped. Through 23 games, they’re 10th in the Western Conference and their scoring average is tied for 25th in the NHL. That’s the bad news. The good news? There’s significant room for improvement, and nobody is pulling away. Entering to... Read More
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Monday skate update

It was an optional skate this morning, followed by a lengthy session with the injured/scratched players. In fact, they're still on the ice. The Kings will go with the same lines and pairs that they used in practice yesterday. Terry Murray indicated that Dustin Penner is making good progress and cou... Read More
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Penner cleared, close to return

In the background of today’s line-change talk is where Dustin Penner might fit into the equation. That’s a question that will have to be answered sooner rather than later. Penner, out since Nov. 10 with a hand injury, got clearance last night to resume full activity, meaning he will be able to play ... Read More
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Shift to the right for Stoll

Three players switched positions in practice today, but only one was relatively dramatic. Andrei Loktionov is a natural center and Dustin Brown has played left wing in the past and, in some ways, feels more comfortable there (more on that later). Then there’s Jarret Stoll, a center for most of his e... Read More
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Murray discusses line changes

Even when he makes significant line changes, Terry Murray typically keeps two players on a line together and changes one. It’s a change but, at the same time, a way to maintain a bit of consistency. Well, all that went out the window today. With the exception of the fourth line, everything got shuff... Read More
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Sunday practice update

Lots of talk, of course, about the new-look lines after practice today. Not surprisingly, the idea is to shake things up, and the moves were motivated in part to get Andrei Loktionov back to his more familiar position at center. In other news, Dustin Penner has been cleared for action but isn't exp... Read More
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Sunday practice; new lines

Well, The Great Lineup Shakeup of 2011 has taken place, with Andrei Loktionov moving to center, Jarret Stoll to wing and only the fourth line remaining intact. Here's how the forwards and defensemen are lined up early in practice... Brown-Kopitar-Hunter Gagne-Richards-Stoll Clifford-Loktionov-Willi... Read More
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Murray postgame quotes (Nov. 26)

COACH TERRY MURRAY: (Re game recap): “Holding them at two goals is good. They are the leading scoring team in the conference. We had lots of good looks here tonight. We ended up tying the game at 1-1. Then they won a faceoff to make it 2-1. After that, we had four or five tremendous looks and we ar... Read More
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Postgame player quotes (Nov. 26)

ANZE KOPITAR: (Re game recap): “We had our share of chances but we couldn’t bear down. A couple of times the puck was just laying around there and we couldn’t quite get it in there. It’s tough but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.” (Re shot mentality): “There’s no secret to it. You just have ... Read More
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Game 23: Kings vs. Blackhawks

Once again, if it's a Saturday in November, it must be Kings hockey at Staples Center, with the Kings hosting the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. All the action is on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates. I will not be available for in-game updates tonight, but feel free to use this as a game t... Read More
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Scouting the Blackhawks

It’s the first of four meetings this season between the Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings were swept by the Blackhawks in four games last season, and scored more than two goals in only one of those games. The Blackhawks have been a bit streaky. They had a three-game winning streak, a three... Read More
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Afternoon reading, viewing

A couple pregame things... First, the latest version of ``My Story'' takes a look at Andrei Loktionov, who talks about his journey to the NHL... My Story: Andrei Loktionov Also, for those who haven't seen it, Dustin Brown made it onto ESPN this week, although probably not the way he hoped. ... Read More