November 2009 - Page 27 of 29 - LA Kings Insider
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Checking line reunited

Today's notebook will be posted on LAKings.com shortly, and I'll be working on a story about the Penguins coming to town, and the issue of Eastern Conference teams not visiting the West every year, etc. I'm told there was no huge news out of practice today, other than Frolov's return and the reuni... Read More
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Art of the hip check, part 2

A few days back, in the echo of the Rob Scuderi hit, we talked about hip checking, and since the hit, Drew Doughty has been piling up hip checks. He's had a least one notable hip check in each of the past three games, not the Scuderi upside-down variety but just solid checks along the boards. I aske... Read More
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A big plus

For all the recent talk of Anze Kopitar being atop the scoring leaderboard, there's another Kings player doing well in a major statistical category. Davis Drewiske's plus-minus rating of plus-10 puts him in a four-way tie for third place in the league, two behind leader Alex Goligoski of Pittsburgh ... Read More
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Jones still No. 7

Randy Jones had his fourth practice/skate with the Kings today, but Terry Murray indicated Jones wouldn't be getting in a game in the near future. Here's what Murray said today about Jones' development... MURRAY: ``Jones is coming along real good. Got a couple of good skates. Yesterday, in the mor... Read More
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New line stays intact

As previously posted, the Kings will stay with a line that seemed to work well in the third period last night, with Jarret Stoll centering Scott Parse and Dustin Brown. Foremost, it's another nice step forward for Parse, who has averaged just under 12 minutes of ice time per game so far but is lik... Read More
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Frolov's hip flexor sore

I did indeed get to hear Terry Murray say the words ``therapy day'' in describing why Alexander Frolov wasn't on the ice today, and Murray was more forthcoming in saying that Frolov had a sore hip flexor. Murray said he expected Frolov to be back on the ice tomorrow. It remains to be seen where Fr... Read More
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Lombardi, on the goalies

Before I head out to practice, I've been saving this in reserve for a couple days. At practice, Dean Lombardi talked about the goalies, in particular how Erik Ersberg seems to have lost his way in the early part of the season, at least in the eyes of coaches and management... LOMBARDI: ``He wasn't... Read More
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Line evolution

On the flight home last night, I went through the on-ice report and tried to figure out all the line combinations in the third period. There's nothing big behind it... I just always find it interesting to see which players are trusted by coaches in important situations. The Kings started off the thi... Read More
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Third-period lines

With some help from Jim Fox, I've been trying to piece together exactly how the Kings' forwards skated in the third period when they turned things around. From what we've been able to piece together, these were the line combinations in the third period, although it's entirely possible that there wer... Read More
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Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murary's postgame thoughts... (on his second-intermission message...) MURRAY: ``Play better. Just manage the puck better. I thought, in the second period, we had big problems getting through the neutral zone. A lot of turnovers, soft plays, not getting it in deep to continue with what we we... Read More
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Smyth postgame quotes

Ryan Smyth's postgame thoughts... (on the play of the first line...) SMYTH: ``I think the big thing is, we were cycling really well and taking the puck to the net at the right times. We got rewarded. I thought Willy made some great plays on the wall, that sometimes we just throw away instead of h... Read More