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Waking up with the Kings: February 6

Carrying their momentum over from the third period the night before, the LA Kings crafted a very good first period that afforded them a firm handle on a game they won running away with four goals in the third. Structurally, this first period was among the more airtight periods under Willie Desjardin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 5

Benefiting from standout goaltending and winning the game’s important moments, the LA Kings eked out an unlikely victory in which they saved their best hockey for the final 20 minutes and 25 seconds. Even the way the game ended was representative of both the Kings’ ability to steal one and of the br... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 22

There was an interesting story line in the LA Kings’ final performance before an extended break, given Saturday’s blowout loss in Denver and a committed, battle-heavy practice with good focus and pace on Sunday. We’ve all used the term “emotional investment” or some variation so frequently, so forgi... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 20

On the verge of moves that would reshape the roster and subtract contributing players from the greatest era in franchise history, the image of Jonathan Quick swinging his stick at the goalpost and shouting at referee Jean Hebert after an unsuccessful challenge during a six-goal loss served as a sad ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 18

Jack Campbell, eminent team player, wasn’t in the mood to absorb too much of last night’s glory on his own, instead basking in the collective satisfaction that the team won a good, hard road game. It was a physical game and for the first two periods, a well-structured performance in which the LA Kin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 16

“If we want to win, we have to be passionate early,” Willie Desjardins said the morning of the LA Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, and, well, that’s not quite how the opening frame played out. Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu generated quality looks on the first shift, and by the time 9... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 13

In the appropriate response from Thursday’s self-reflective seasonal low-point, the LA Kings cashed in on their chances, received a fortunate judgement or two and banked on quality individual performances from several parties looking to get their games in order in a 5-2 victory that provided good su... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 11

In scoring once midway through the second period and calling it a night, the LA Kings showed again that they’re really not in a very good place, and as much as there has been discussion of improvements in several facets of their game, there still seems to be a moral victory narrative in tense, narro... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 8

A 2-1 Kings-Sharks game in the third period, you say? Just as Saturday’s Edmonton game at Staples Center was the latest carbon copy of a franchised script, so was Los Angeles’ 3-1 loss in San Jose on Monday night, a typically low-scoring game between the familiar rivals and one in which the visitors... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 6

Before allowing three first period goals Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers had allowed five, three, five, six, four, six, two, four, eight and six goals in their last 10 visits to Staples Center, winning once, controversially. This all occurred despite some perfectly fine Oilers efforts at home, e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 4

For this LA Kings team to come away with any sort of worthwhile result against the league-leading Lightning, they’d need a cohesive and hard-nosed effort with all 20 players pulling on the same winning rope or any applicable cliché that depicts their performances in home wins over Vegas and Winnipeg... Read More

Waking Up With The Kings: January 1

With last night’s overtime victory over Colorado, the Kings now have earned wins from five of their last six games and points from six of their last seven. The team picked up the two points in the opening test of a very tricky three-in-four set, which continues tonight in Las Vegas and concludes on ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 30

There are two sides in every match-up, and in a rivalry – a nascent rivalry, but one born out of both playoffs and proximity – that emotional spark is often stoked in games against the Golden Knights. That energy-driven thrust or focus isn’t always manifested in belligerence or demonstrative exchang... Read More