Waking up with the Kings

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Waking up with the Kings: October 31

The Los Angeles Kings, who entered the year with questions about depth up front and on the back end, lost Andy Andreoff on Sunday night – the third player lost to injury in the span of nine days and the sixth player targeted for the opening night roster to have suffered an injury this fall – during ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 30

The Kings-Blues rivalry is an interesting one, and we’ve been through enough games between the teams to know that a scoreless tie through two periods is generally good news for Los Angeles. (Including playoffs, the teams have played four 1-0 games since March 22, 2012, and last night’s was the first... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 28

Not a bad hockey game, that. October games outside the division sometimes take a little while to heat up, but once Thursday night’s game got going, there was some interesting early-season drama with a touch of raised emotion. Nashville was going to come out looking to make amends after its 6-1 defea... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 26

Since the implementation of three-on-three overtime, the Kings have won 14 of 17 games decided in the extra session. There are reasons behind this. First, there’s a tremendous base of talent. When the Kings can trot out Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter as a top unit, and then the excellent... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 23

The opportunistic 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks nearly very nearly won despite never having led in regulation for the fourth time in five games, and perhaps there seemed to be faint and ominous overtones when it became clear the visitors’ comeback from three goals down would be decided in a shootout, bu... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 21

On an emotional and particularly chippy Thursday night in Dallas, the Kings staked themselves to an early lead, finished off the first two periods strong and played a complete 61:20 in earning their first win of the season, a much-needed 4-3 overtime triumph over the team that recorded more points t... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 19

The first 50 seconds of the game couldn’t have been scripted much better for the Kings. They operated exclusively in the offensive zone, forced two icings, and after a faceoff win by Jeff Carter and a stick tie-up by Devin Setoguchi, Tanner Pearson’s quick spin and release fooled Darcy Kuemper, and ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 15

There are personnel concerns for this Kings team at the moment – without Marian Gaborik, Tanner Pearson and Jonathan Quick, the lineup isn’t as balanced, and there’s no All-World goalie in net – but the manner in which they allowed four second period goals exuded a more unfamiliar unease than that b... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: October 13

Time to buckle up, Kings fans. There are no immediate answers at this point – only concern, on the part of fans and management – as one third of the Holy Trinity suffered what could be a serious injury, perhaps throwing off the trajectory of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration 19 and a half minu... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 19

In a game in which there wasn’t much difference between the two teams territorially, the Los Angeles Kings banked on their Holy Trinity of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick – as well as key supporting players – in a tense, tightly checked and physical Game 3 that proved that like Jon Sno... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 17

The important details at the two-game pole of this Western Conference Quarterfinals series can be expressed succinctly through statistics. Joe Pavelski has four points in two games. Brent Burns has three points and eight shots. Logan Couture has two points. On the other side, Anze Kopitar has one as... Read More