Prior to Game 7 of Los Angeles’ 2014 first round playoff series against San Jose, Darryl Sutter was asked about the difference between the first half of the series, in which the Sharks won three games, and the second half of that series, in which the Kings had won the next three.
“Six, seven, fou... Read More
Anze Kopitar, on taking one point from a back-and-forth game:
A lot of time it comes down to a battle of special teams, and we got two and we gave up two. That’s usually a tie, and then I think scoring four goals at home should be enough to win, which brings me to point where we’ve got to simply cu... Read More
Games between Los Angeles and San Jose rarely lack for star power, and when analyzing the top players on the Kings’ divisional rival, there are a number of different routes you can take. How best to stop Joe Thornton’s distribution? How to keep Marc-Edouard Vlasic on his heels? How to leverage Logan... Read More
Before appreciating Drew Doughty’s defensive ability in this story, it obviously needs to be acknowledged that the impetus of the article was spurred by a neutral zone turnover of his. Perhaps if he had put a little bit more zip on his cross-ice feed to Trevor Lewis in the second period of Sunday’s ... Read More
Good afternoon from Gundo, Insiders. Apologies for a long delay between posts, but sometimes Insiders need some extra time to recover from a (particularly nasty) cold. Notes!
-The Kings practiced for nearly a full hour after a Monday off, and the forwards were aligned via color coding:
Blue: P... Read More
Drew Doughty, on any similarities between the wins against New Jersey and Anaheim:
Just more desperation. Obviously we were really sick of losing and we were trying to get through that kind of crappy time for us but yeah, we just played with a lot more desperation and played with a lot more confide... Read More
With a pair of early-to-mid 20-somethings in Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel currently earning regular minutes, and the departures of Rob Scuderi, Luke Schenn and Jamie McBain, the Los Angeles Kings’ defense is a touch younger than in previous seasons.
Gravel’s minutes are somewhat more sheltered... Read More
-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 19-11-2 all-time against Ottawa, a record that includes a road mark of 7-8-1. These teams will conclude their season series at Staples Center on December 10.
-The Kings fell to 3-3-0 against the Eastern Conference and 1-2-0 against the Atlantic Division. The Ki... Read More
Drew Doughty, on what went wrong:
We just didn’t execute our game plan, we went in there trying to get another goal in the third period. They pushed back. And it’s not what our team does. We don’t give up leads in the last five minutes of the game. That’s been our thing for a long time. It’s pretty... Read More
So, that Kings power play. Since Jake Muzzin’s goal in the second period of a 3-2 overtime win over Nashville on October 27, they’ve been shut out on their last 20 attempts.
Even more halting: Los Angeles’ top unit hasn’t scored since Tyler Toffoli’s goal in San Jose 82 seconds into the season. T... Read More
With 12 games under the Los Angeles Kings’ belt, we’ve finally approached the time of the year where not every observation comes with the small sample size asterisk.
And while there have been some middling offensive efforts – Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli are among those looking to add some addi... Read More