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Waking up with the Kings: March 17

-Kyle Clifford made an impact in all zones of the ice, Tyler Toffoli drew notice in his first NHL game and 12 different Kings recorded points, but don’t overlook the major impact by Jonathan Bernier, who made key saves during the game’s most critical moments. San Jose came out with a purpose to begi... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 15

-Of the Sharks’ four tallies last night, three had much to say about the momentum of the game: Brent Burns’ first period goal that negated a heavy Kings scoring chance discrepancy, Matt Irwin’s power play goal that made it 2-0, and the two-on-zero finish by Logan Couture 27 seconds into the third pe... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 13

-The players weren’t exactly ready to admit it, but last night was an example of the Kings battling the schedule nearly as much as they were battling the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s nothing new to have to play back-to-backs with travel in the NHL; as Keaton Ellerby said, “It’s all part of the gig.” It wa... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 12

-Roughly half of the chicken scratch I jotted down last night dealt with the Kings’ ability to get sticks and bodies in shooting and passing lanes, or Jarret Stoll. Often, it was a combination of the two. An accurate representation of Los Angeles’ penalty killing success came during Calgary’s extend... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 10

-Saturday night’s game was an appropriate example of Darryl Sutter’s assertion earlier in the week that save percentage is a team stat. Entering the game, Los Angeles was tied for 24th in save percentage and Calgary was 27th. The first period contained five goals, including a Flames neutral zone tur... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 8

-The Kings’ 60 minute efforts hadn’t been a consistent part of the tail end of their home winning streak, and that finally caught up with them against a new-look Dallas team that won the special teams battle, won the goaltending battle, stifled L.A.’s momentum after Jeff Carter’s go-ahead goal (and ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 6

-Darryl Sutter loved the contributions from “the four kids” on defense as he mentioned the performances by “Muzzin, Voynov, Ellerby and Drew” without referencing 25-year old Alec Martinez, who logged a blue line-low 11:16 of ice time and continues to work back into his rhythm after missing eight gam... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 3

-One thing learned from last night’s game wasn’t really “learned” at all – it’s something that any hockey fan who has watched the Vancouver Canucks has accepted as gospel. If Henrik and Daniel Sedin are given any extra opportunities, or provided any additional cushion of space, they’re going to take... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: February 28

-The quote that has stuck with me more than any other quote this season belongs to Dustin Brown. He offered it after the loss in Detroit – then the team’s fourth in five games – in what was an excellent effort for nearly all of the game’s 60 minutes. “Sometimes you say at the end of losing streaks a... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: February 26

-In his opening comments on last night’s game, Darryl Sutter referred to Jordan Nolan’s fight with Sheldon Souray as being successful in getting the team going. That was a key moment of the game, a turning point that opened the door for five players working in tandem to tie the game 12 seconds later... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: February 24

-Did the pre-game pageantry throw off Colorado’s timing? The Avs’ second shift of the game was inexcusable. Not to take anything away from the chemistry of the Brown-Kopitar-Williams line, but goals in practice don’t come as easy as Dustin Brown’s one-timed rocket. Did one Colorado player even touch... Read More