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October 18, 2014 12:48 pm

Sutter high on Wild; another Sutter in the NHL

The Minnesota Wild, quietly emerging as one of the Western Conference’s premier teams, play with an excellent structure and have supplanted their high profile signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter from two years ago with an excellent crop of emerging young players. There were questions raised over the summer about their goaltending, though former Ontario Reign goalie and 2011 CHL Goaltender of the Year Darcy Kuemper tabled any October ...

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October 18, 2014 11:47 am

Sutter provides Muzzin update

Jake Muzzin (upper-body) hasn’t played since suffering an injury in the preseason game against the Avalanche in Colorado Springs on October 2. Though he has been practicing with the team, he hasn’t been cleared to return to game action. On Saturday, Darryl Sutter provided an update on the defenseman. Darryl Sutter, on Jake Muzzin’s progress: He’ll get his X-ray on whatever his three-week date is, and go from there. He ...

Saturday practice
October 18, 2014 10:51 am

October 18 practice notes

The Kings are wrapping up practice in El Segundo, where they’re skating in advance of tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Though the Kings usually share Saturdays with the Clippers – with one team taking the 1:00 afternoon slot and the other taking the 7:30 evening slot – on Sunday they’ll share Staples Center with the Lakers, who have a 6:30 p.m. preseason game against the Utah Jazz. Starts at ...

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October 17, 2014 4:48 pm

The view from St. Louis

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Jeremy Rutherford: Blues fall to Kings in shootout “The suspicion entering the matchup between two of the top contenders in the Western Conference is that an added dose of skill in the Blues’ lineup could tame down the physicality. That seem to play out accurately, as the teams played the puck — and not the body — most of the night.” Jeremy Rutherford: Elliott blanks another Blues’ ...

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October 17, 2014 11:55 am

Waking up with the Kings: October 17

The St. Louis Blues tied for sixth in the league with an average of 2.92 goals per game last season. Though defensive stopper Vladimir Sobotka defected to the KHL, they brought aboard several new players – Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera among them – that fall in lockstep with their heightened compete level and 200-foot game. Those two players also added some skill when skill was needed, and with the ...

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October 17, 2014 12:38 am

October 16 postgame notes

-With the win, the Kings improved to 72-95-24 all-time against the Blues, a record that includes a home mark of 46-36-13. Los Angeles is 17-4-0 in the teams’ last 21 regular season and playoff meetings and has won five straight at Staples Center against St. Louis. -The Kings are 3-0-0 in their six-game homestand (10/12 LAK 4, WPG 1; 10/14 LAK 6, EDM 1; 10/16 LAK 1 STL 0 (SHO); ...

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