Shots were 7-6 Kings in the period. Good chances for both teams, and the Kings were able to right the ship after a soft goal just 43 seconds after they took an early lead. The Kings won 12 of 19 faceoffs.... Full Story
Ah, technology. Having spent half of the first period trying to get online, I'm up and running.
Two quick goals... First, a great break by the Kings' first line, which led to an Anze Kopitar goal 27 seconds into the game, and then a long-range slap shot by Jordan Staal that beat Jonathan Quick at ... Full Story
It's a high-profile game for the Kings tonight against Pittsburgh, and it's also the end of the players' week with their fathers in town. It officially started with a trip to Phoenix on Sunday, and tonight the dads will be in a Staples Center suite, cheering on their sons. Reporters today joked with... Full Story
After missing five games with that mysterious lower-body injury, Justin Williams returned Monday and had one goal, giving him 10 points in 10 games this season. The question with Williams -- and it's a big one -- is whether he can stay healthy, but a point-per-game performer is nothing to sneeze at,... Full Story
Initial reporting around the league had the Pittsburgh Penguins going for a NHL record 8-0 road start tonight. If you look at the official NHL record book, that's what you'll find. Turns out, someone forgot to update the record book. The league somehow missed Buffalo's 10-0 road start three years ag... Full Story
The story of the friendship of Jack Johnson and Sidney Crosby is now pretty well know. They met as classmates as Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Fairbault, Minn., seven years ago and have remained close friends. So far, Crosby is 2-0 against Johnson in the NHL, and there's a good chance they could mee... Full Story
It's a measure of how far Anze Kopitar has come that his game on Monday was referred to as a ``bounce-back game.'' Kopitar had gone without a point in the previous two games, then totaled one goal and two assists. Last season, for instance, Kopitar had nine different stretches in which he didn't rec... Full Story
Just got back from the morning skate...no lineup changes expected, with Peter Harrold and Randy Jones expected to be the scratches.
Looking to tonight, the Kings are going to have to overcome some recent history if they're going to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since the lockout ended, the Kings a... Full Story
The Penguins are in town today, and this is the story I was working on yesterday, mostly about the NHL schedule and how West Coast fans don't see the top East teams very often. Bill Guerin had some good stuff, very direct and candid. Thanks for reading!
Now playing in LA: Sid the Kid... Full Story
Going back to the start of the season, we talked about the importance of Teddy Purcell, and how his ability to generate secondary scoring might be a big key to the Kings' success. Well, Purcell has only two goals this season -- and none in his last 11 games -- and the Kings are doing well, so perhap... Full Story
Terry Murray wrinkles his nose at the idea of ``measuring stick'' games, but it's clear that a game against the Stanley Cup champions is a natural way for a team to see where it stands. Luc Robitaille visited Penguins practice today -- as did Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who seemingly can't... Full Story
The Kings will never be able to take as big a jump as the Pittsburgh Penguins did in 2006-07, when they went from a 58-point team the previous season to an 105-point team. That's a massive jump, and Sidney Crosby was asked about it today in relation to the King. Crosby was asked, in essence, how a t... Full Story
Since I was slumming it at Penguins practice today, Kings website intern Andrew Howard did a nice job of filling in with notes, including some good stuff from Rob Scuderi about facing his former team...
Kings notebook (Nov. 4)
Also, here's a feature I wrote on Scott Parse, and his unlikely rise ... Full Story