Fighting is a part of hockey, and if you talk about hockey fights with those who engage in them, it’s unemotionally understood as such.
It’s not necessarily the act of punching someone on the opposition – a regulated act unique amongst virtually all team sports – that the players focus on, but r... Read More
Good afternoon, Insiders. The Kings held their final practice at Toyota Sports Center before a quick jaunt to Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, Columbus, Nashville and Dallas, and in doing so were grouped together in lines that were definitely not the lines you should expect to see on Tuesday. T... Read More
It’s almost certainly not a permanent move, but because of the injuries that have hit the Kings, Darryl Sutter has chosen to stack Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli together at even strength for tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Normally this wouldn’t be cause for a story... 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
Tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre serves as an interesting clash of styles. The Maple Leafs, one of the youngest and fastest NHL teams, are led in scoring by three rookies in William Nylander (4-8=12), Auston Matthews (6-5=11) and Mitchell Marner (4-6=10), with established ... Read More
As much as we’d like to believe in the predictive ability of certain advanced stats, there’s simply no way to foretell the immediate future in any definite sense. Sure, the Carolina Hurricanes may have a league-low 947 PDO (What is PDO?), and it may be a safe bet to project them going on a stretch o... Read More
Jeff Zatkoff, on the way the team battled after Jonathan Quick’s injury:
I thought it was a pretty even game. We played hard. Dewey makes a good play there, and it happens just to land on Burns’ tape. Unfortunately that’s the difference in the game. We’ve got some things we feel we can clean up. We ... Read More
Good afternoon, Insiders. Apologies for the delay in getting these notes out, as I wanted to write my Lucic story (which I hope you read) before anything else. Before I ramble for too long here, let's talk Kings-Oilers, one half of tonight's split-squad extravaganza.
Kings lines at the morning skat... Read More
Tanner Pearson, once the wheels got rolling, had a fine 2015-16 season. He scored three times in overtime – including a postseason dagger – and totaled 16 goals and 24 points over his final 33 regular season and playoff games months after some earlier periodic inertia led to a few healthy scratches.... Read More