September 2010 - LA Kings Insider
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Tough calls on rookies

Following yesterday's poll results -- Brayden Schenn pulled ahead, and Thomas Hickey led throughout -- it seemed possibly pertinent to discuss roster dynamics a bit. I saw more than a couple comments imploring the Kings to keep both Schenn and Andrei Loktionov and/or both Hickey and Jake Muzzin. For... Full Story
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Fourth-line decision time

Among the Kings' forwards, there's still considerable question as to who will be on the fourth line. Kevin Westgarth is certain to play on one wing, but the center and left-wing spots are still very much up for grabs. Almost every practice and preseason game features a different combination, and tod... Full Story
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Goalie talk stays quiet

If you know, for certain, who the Kings are going to start in goal for Sunday's preseason finale against Anaheim, you're part of an elite group. Terry Murray won't say. The goalies say they don't know. The only thing known is that Jonathan Quick is expected to play the entire game Saturday in Las Ve... Full Story
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Heads up

Given all the attention paid to hits to the head in the past year, and the subsequent rule changes put in place for this season, it's not surprising that equipment makers are bringing out new products they believe will protect hockey players' heads. Cascade, traditionally a maker of lacrosse helmets... Full Story
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Weekend lineups

After practice today, Terry Murray said that his lineup for Saturday's game in Las Vegas would be veteran-heavy, including the Smyth-Kopitar-Brown, Richardson-Stoll-Williams and Ponikarovsky-Handzus-Simmonds lines, plus Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi, Jack Johnson and, in goal, Jonathan ... Full Story
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Thursday practice lines

Everyone is back on the ice for the Kings this morning except Scott Parse, and with Matt Greene in the red non-contact sweater. Hopefully after practice, we'll learn Terry Murray's plan for the weekend lineups. Here's how they're skating this morning... Smyth-Kopitar-Brown Richardson-Stoll-Williams... Full Story
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Roster polls

With two roster spots presumably open for the following five players, what do you think? Who should make it at the start of the season? I'll withhold my opinion for now, as to not influence any voting... Which center should stick?online surveys Which defenseman should stick?online ... Full Story
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Lombardi on Fan 590

Dean Lombardi was on Toronto radio, The Fan 590, talking all things Kings, including the 1,314th mention of Ilya Kovalchuk. (doesn't it ever get old?) For those playing along at home, the first mention of the New York Yankees comes at the 1:21 mark. Lombardi on The Fan 590 ... Full Story
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Postgame notes (Sept. 28)

-- Anze Kopitar had a game-high four points (all assists) while Jack Johnson had two goals and one assist. Five other Kings had multi-point nights, and goals went to Wayne Simmonds, Dustin Brown, Michal Handzus, Andrei Loktionov, Kyle Clifford and Ryan Smyth. -- In the battle of the rookie defens... Full Story
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Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray's postgame thoughts... (on the game...) MURRAY: ``The first period, I liked the way we started. The intensity, the execution, the structure, the play, there were good things happening deep in the offensive zone. Scoring on the power play, it's part of the game you have to get going.... Full Story