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November 24, 2015 3:22 pm - JonRosen

Audio: Jiggs McDonald joins LAKI

Jiggs McDonald, the original Kings play-by-play broadcaster, took in Monday’s Kings-Panthers game at the BB&T Center and posed for photos with Bob Miller and Nick Nickson in his Hall of Fame blazer prior to the game. McDonald, who will turn 77 this weekend, joined LA Kings Insider to share his recollections about the “missionary work” undertaken by original Kings employees to market hockey to Southern California during the league’s original expansion period, as well as to share his pride in Nick Nickson becoming the franchise’s third play-by-play voice to win the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. “You won’t find better people […]

November 24, 2015 2:32 pm - JonRosen

November 24 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On what he’s looking for when the Kings pull their goalie: For sure our centerman back no matter where the play is on the ice. Our centerman’s always low in our zone and high in the neutral zone, meaning working with the D. Nine times out of 10 it’s after a faceoff, so there’s enough pre-scouting done that you know that there are some set plays that teams use and one-timers. For example, last night there was a play that they wanted to use with Jagr, so if you take them away, then it’s the very same as taking away […]

November 24, 2015 1:24 pm - JonRosen

Sutter disagreed with no-goal call, but protocol followed

With the rule changes that now allow for coaches to challenge a goal or no-goal call on the basis of “Interference on the Goal Keeper,” Darryl Sutter spoke before the season about how an official’s discretion would weigh heavily on goaltender interference calls, and that the original calls would almost always stand. This theory was put into practice when the Kings were unsuccessful in their first coach’s challenge of the season. Sutter didn’t want to get into the specifics about Rule 69.7, in which incidental contact is permitted if a goaltender and attacking player are “simultaneously attempting to play a […]

November 24, 2015 10:58 am - JonRosen

Waking up with the Kings: November 24

I’ll share something that’s mostly anecdotal, and I don’t really like providing these “mood of the team”-type observations, because as much time as I do spend around the team, I’m not present in meetings, or in the room before games, or on the players’ bus, or at player dinners or events. We’re able to catch a sliver of the feeling of the team when the room is opened to the media – it was last year when we were in Tampa that Dean Lombardi spoke about measuring neutrinos to quantify the feeling of “the room” – and it was through […]

November 24, 2015 8:41 am - JonRosen

Good morning, Tampa

Good morning, Tampa, and good morning, Insiders. Have you ever been to Tampa? NOW YOU HAVE. Behold: That freeway… the downtown thoroughfare… just like the 405 through West L.A. during rush hour, right? There was a nip in the air when we boarded the plane in Fort Lauderdale last night, and upon landing in Tampa some 45 minutes later, the chillier temperatures were accentuated by a brisk breeze. We’re grading on a curve, of course; both yesterday’s weather in Fort Lauderdale and the cooler climate when deplaning felt very much like a pleasant fall day and cool night in Los […]

November 23, 2015 9:03 pm - JonRosen

November 23 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 17-10-3 all-time against Florida, a record that includes a road mark of 5-6-3. The Kings finished the season series against the Panthers with a 2-0-0 record and haven’t lost the season series since 2002-03, when they were 0-1-0-0. Los Angeles is 12-2-0 in the last 14 head-to-head match-ups with Florida. -The Kings improved to 5-3-0 against the Eastern Conference and 2-1-0 against the Atlantic Division. -Los Angeles has scored at least two goals in 18 consecutive games. -After a stretch of 15 consecutive successful penalty kills, the Kings are 16-for-21 while shorthanded on […]

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