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Friday practice update

There was plenty of work today in an hour-long practice that ended with the power-play work. Darryl Sutter didn't attribute anything particular to his hands-on approach and said the power play is a work in progress for all the coaches. Incidentally, Sutter said quite clearly today that he wouldn't b... Read More
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Friday practice; power-play work

The Kings are practicing with the same lines as last night, and without Simon Gagne on the ice. One interesting note is that, at the moment, Darryl Sutter has the first power-play unit pulled to one end of the ice and is working with them on his own, while the assistant coaches tend to the other pl... Read More
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No rest for the weary

It’s back to work for the Kings. After three games in four nights, including a back-to-back set on the road, it was a 2 a.m. arrival back home and now a noon practice today and, oh yeah, a game tomorrow against the high-powered Vancouver Canucks. Practice time is valuable, though, given that Darryl ... Read More
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Postgame notes (Dec. 29)

Some notes from last night’s game... -- Once again, defense and goaltending were there for the Kings but offense was not, as they lost to the WInnipeg Jets 1-0 in overtime Thursday night at MTS Centre. -- The Kings were shut out for the fourth time this season and have recorded two or fewer re... Read More
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The view from Winnipeg

There’s no mystery why the Winnipeg Jets have been much better at home (13-6-1) this season than on the road (5-8-4). The arena is sold out and, well before the first drop of the puck, almost all of the fans are in their seats, cheering and chanting. The Jets play an aggressive game, and seem to fee... Read More
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The Key Three: Dec. 29

Is the glass half full or half empty? On the positive side, the Kings are 3-0-2 under Darryl Sutter and earned three out of a possible four points during a two-game trip, a trip that included games against Chicago (the best team in the NHL) and Winnipeg (a rested, strong home team against a tired Ki... Read More
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Sutter postgame quotes (Dec. 29)

Darryl Sutter’s postgame thoughts... (on whether his team played well enough to get the win...) SUTTER: ``We played hard. We wanted to get through the first (period). They’re a really good first-period team, if you look at their offense and what they’ve done in the first periods this year. I thi... Read More
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Kopitar postgame quotes (Dec. 29)

Anze Kopitar’s postgame thoughts... (on the game...) KOPITAR: ``If you get a two-minute 5-on-4, you’ve got to capitalize on that, or just under two minutes. We had enough power-play chances tonight, and we didn’t bear down. It came back to bite us in the (butt).’’ (on the aggressive Jets...) ... Read More
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Scouting the Jets

This is the only meeting of the season between the Kings and the Winnipeg Jets. Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Kings. The Jets, of course, are the former Atlanta Thrashers, who moved north after last season and have been playing in front of loud, sold-out crowds at MTS Centre. After a... Read More
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Good, but still room for more

The cliche in sports goes, you’re only as good as your next game, so the Kings have to be good again in a hurry. Last night’s impressive victory over Chicago left little time to celebrate, as the Kings must face the Winnipeg Jets tonight. The Jets have been a strong-than-expected group, particularly... Read More