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Wednesday skate update

Based on today's morning skate, it appears that Andrei Loktionov will replace Simon Gagne as Mike Richards' left winger. Darryl Sutter didn't announce his starting goalie -- "This isn't baseball," he reminded a Chicago reporter -- but Jonathan Quick was in the locker room first. Sutter also didn't o... Read More
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Fathers’ trip underway in Chicago

As noted yesterday, the Kings are holding their ``fathers' trip'' with the two-game set in Chicago and Winnipeg this week -- I guess they like cold weather -- and it got underway with Monday's game in Los Angeles and Tuesday's flight to Chicago. About half of the dads made that flight, and others wi... Read More
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Gagne on I.R.; roster set

As expected, the Kings resolved their roster issue by putting Simon Gagne on injured reserve. The Kings still haven't disclosed Gagne's injury, but it's obvious that he hurt himself by hitting his head after a hit near the boards. There's no timetable on a return. So the Kings are back to a 23-man r... Read More
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Morning in Chicago

First, a bit of sad news, for those who missed it yesterday. Former Kings coach Johnny Wilson died at age 82. Wilson, the uncle of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, took over behind the Kings bench during the 1969-70 season and went 9-34-9 before he was fired at the end of the season by general ... Read More
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On the ground, minus one

At least in the short term, the Kings' roster situation has taken care of itself, but not the way they had hoped. Simon Gagne did not make the trip to Chicago because of his undisclosed injury, and it's highly unlikely that he would show up in Winnipeg either. Assuming the Kings choose to put Gagne ... Read More
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No practice; fathers’ trip

The Kings did not practice this morning and are on their way to Chicago for the start of the semi-annual "fathers' trip." About a dozen of the dads were at last night's game and are on today's flight, and a few more will meet the team in Chicago and continue on to Winnipeg. There's a big team dinner... Read More
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Postgame notes (Dec. 26)

Some notes from last night’s game... -- The Kings broke their two-goal-or-fewer skid as they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 on Monday night at Staples Center. -- The Kings had scored two or fewer regulation goals in 14 consecutive games, a franchise-worst run. -- The Kings are 9-0-0 this seas... Read More
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The view from Phoenix

The Kings didn't move into the top eight of the Western Conference last night -- that wasn't possible -- but they did move into a virtual tie for ninth place with Phoenix, one point behind Nashville. It's still a little early in the season to call a loss ``devastating,'' but a loss to the Coyotes, a... Read More
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The Key Three: Dec. 26

On Boxing Day, the Kings received an offensive outburst. Goals from Rob Scuderi and Willie Mitchell, in the same game? Maybe it was more like a Christmas miracle. Whatever it was, the Kings were able to end their two-goal-or-less run at 14 games, and picked up an important 4-3 victory over Phoenix, ... Read More
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Sutter postgame quotes (Dec. 26)

Darryl Sutter's postgame thoughts... (on seeing more than two goals on the scoreboard...) SUTTER: ``It’s nice to see a `W’ up there. That’s more important. You don’t want to overemphasize the importance of having to produce more offense to win hockey games.’’ (on his raspy voice...) SUTTER: ... Read More
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Scuderi postgame quotes (Dec. 26)

Rob Scuderi's postgame thoughts... (on the strong first period...) SCUDERI: ``You always want to come out and play your best hockey by the time you get to that first TV timeout, and just establish and attitude and a tone to the game, and try to stay with it. I thought we had a very good first pe... Read More
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Brown postgame quotes (Dec. 26)

Dustin Brown's postgame thoughts... (on the game...) BROWN: ``For our team to be successful, it’s about work. We didn’t have our best second (period). We came out and rebounded with a really good third. The work ethic was there and we found the back of the net twice. At the end of the day, that ... Read More