6-16-14: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez will live in hockey immortality forever. His goal in double overtime of Game 5 this past Friday gave the Kings their second Stanley Cup crown in three years. LA’s continuity and health allowed them to develop chemistry that was visible throughout the playoffs, and especially when they fell behind in games during the Final. Los Angeles had 16 of their 18 players get at least one point in the Stanley Cup Final. In total, twelve Kings scored a goal. Their overall depth at forward was difficult for the Rangers to contain. The Kings ability to come back is another reason why they are the champions. For the playoffs, the Kings outscored their opposition 30-16 in the third period. They had the only third-period goals (three) in the Final, plus three overtime winners. Finally, Drew Doughty solidified himself this postseason as the NHL’s top defenseman. This team has all the pieces to make another run at the Cup next season.
6-9-14: The Los Angeles Kings once again proved why they’re a resilient bunch. The Kings have now fallen behind by two goals in three straight games, but they've somehow won them all. Their latest magic trick came in double overtime this past Saturday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center defeating the Rangers 5-4 on Dustin Brown’s textbook deflection goal. In fact, LA hasn’t held a lead in their past 229:15 minutes of play, which goes back to the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings are the first team in NHL history to win three straight Stanley Cup Playoff games after falling behind by two goals. History could be on Los Angeles’ side as the Kings won Games 1 and 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in overtime and went on to beat the New Jersey Devils in six games to win the Cup. Two more wins and they will be Stanley Cup Champions yet again.
6-2-14: After dispatching the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in seven thrilling games this past Sunday, the Kings are heading back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years versus the New York Rangers. These two teams haven't met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since New York's 3-1 series victory in the best-of-5 first round back in 1981. Their only other playoff meeting was in 1979, when the Rangers swept a best-of-3 preliminary-round series. Marion Gaborik has 12 goals this postseason after scoring only 11 in the regular season. Tyler Toffoli has seven goals this postseason and has fit in quite nicely on LA’s second line with Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson. The trio has befuddled defenses all playoff’s long. If Toffoli can remain dangerous, it will difficult for New York’s defenseman to contain Los Angeles’ top two lines. The Kings will win the Stanley Cup if they use their size and grit. LA is not a team that wins pretty. They’re a team that wears down other teams. They must use their size to slow down the New York offensive attack.
5-27-14: The Kings find themselves in the driver’s seat for the first time all postseason long. After dropping Game 1 of the series, Los Angeles rallied to beat the Hawks in Game 2 and used their special teams in Game 3 to propel them to victory. The Kings have been shorthanded an NHL-leading 66 times in 17 games during playoffs but held Chicago to one shot each on three of its four power plays. The Kings also got a power play goal from Slava Voynov. Jeff Carter has four goals and four assists in the series. Anze Kopitar, the aforementioned Carter, and Marion Gaborik are the top three scorers in the playoffs thus far.
5-19-14: This is the third straight trip to the Western conference finals for the Kings, who won the Cup in 2012 and had their chance at a repeat ruined by the Blackhawks one season ago. Rookie Tyler Toffoli scored the Kings lone goal in Game 1, which was his fourth goal of the postseason. Los Angeles did respond after falling behind by a goal and carried the majority of play for stretches, but they did squander a couple of opportunities late in the game.
5-12-14: One can point to LA’s power-play struggles as to why this series is now tied at two games apiece. Los Angeles went 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 4 and is 2-for-12 for the series. They struggled to get set up in Anaheim's zone for at least two of those four tries. The Kings finished 27th on the power-play in the regular season. They went 6-for-24 against the San Jose Sharks in the first round and led the NHL playoffs with 34 total goals through Saturday.
5-5-14: The Kings stole Game 1 from the Ducks. Marian Gaborik tied the game with just seven seconds left in regulation and then won the game in overtime. Anze Kopitar had three assists for the Kings. LA needs to stay out of the penalty box if they want to have success in this series. In Game 1, the Kings were short-handed four times and allowed six shots on goal while down a man. If the Kings give the Ducks more than four power-play chances in any other game this series, they are playing with fire.
4-28-14: Never say die. That should be the Kings motto right now. Digging themselves a 0-3 hole early in the series was not a good idea. Fortunately, they have battled back to force a game six this Monday in Los Angeles. LA has all the momentum right now in the series and San Jose looks out of whacked. Jonathan Quick is playing much better along with the defense around him. It won’t be easy to come back from 0-3 down, but just four years ago the Flyers did the same trick against the Bruins so anything is possible.
4-21-14: Goalie Jonathan Quick gave up just 10 goals in seven games to the Sharks last postseason but has surpassed that total in less than 4 1/2 periods in the rematch this season. Quick gave up seven goals in San Jose’s 7-2 victory in game two this past Sunday and he gave up five goals in game one. The home team has won 18 of the previous 19 games between these teams, including nine in the playoffs. However, Los Angeles will need to break that spell to have a chance to win this series as the Sharks have home-ice advantage this year.
4-14-14: Los Angeles dropped four of its final five games, with the only exception being a victory over the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Marian Gaborik has 16 points in 19 games since being picked up from Columbus at the trade deadline. He's added some much needed firepower to a Kings team that has had trouble scoring all season long. Kings will face the Sharks in round one.
4-7-14: The Kings went 13-3-0 in their first 16 games after the Olympic break. They went 1-3-0 and had just seven goals in four games last week. The Kings are locked into the third spot in the Pacific and have been for most of the season. They'll face either the Sharks or Ducks in round one. The Kings have the veteran experience, talent, and moxie to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup.
3-31-14: The Kings are one of the hottest teams in hockey. They are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and have won six games in a row. The Kings are a couple of wins from clinching a playoff spot and are locked into the number sixth spot in the West. Anze Kopitar recorded his third multi-goal game of the season this past week. The Kings will go as far as Connecticut native. Jonathan Quick takes them.
3-25-14: The Kings had dropped three straight games before winning their last two against the Capitals and Panthers. Before this 2-3-0 stretch, they had won eight in a row. Teams would have to fold for the Kings to finish anywhere but third in the Pacific. They will either face the Ducks or the Sharks when the playoffs get under way in a few weeks. Marian Gaborik has two goals in eight games, over which time the Kings have averaged 2.63 goals per game.
3-17-14: The Kings have dropped two straight after winning eight in a row, but no one is doubting how good this team is right now? The Kings will likely play either San Jose or Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs in a series that will draw blood. Like the Blackhawks, the Kings are another team that has a Stanley Cup ring in their back pocket. They’re clicking at just right time and could make another deep postseason run.
3-10-14: The Kings are winners of their last six games and are looking like the team everyone expected them to be. The addition of Marian Gaborik should help Los Angeles offensively. The Kings are the one team nobody wants to play in the playoffs. They have the skill, size, and experience to do some serious damage again this postseason. They’re that one team that seems to being going under the radar in the West.
3-3-14: The Kings have won four in a row and three straight games since returning from the Olympic break. They scored six goals in a win against the Avalanche after scoring six total goals in their previous four games. They are still 10 points back of the Sharks for second place in the Pacific, so a playoff series that begins on the road looks certain. GM Dean Lombardi will be searching for move scoring depth at the deadline.
2-10-14: They earned a much-needed 2-1 overtime win against Columbus this past Thursday. The Kings' woes have put their playoff spot somewhat in question, as they have one regulation win in their past 11 games. They still hold down the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division, but Vancouver and Phoenix are on their heels. GM Dean Lombardi must address the Kings scoring problems at the trade deadline. Matt Mouslon or Thomas Vanek would look good in black and silver.
2-3-14: Offense has been a huge problem for the Kings. The team has all of three goals in its last six games played. Los Angeles now has just one win in its last nine contests. The Kings have slipped down the Pacific Division standings as they are 10 points back of second-place San Jose and nearly 20 points behind Anaheim. With only a four-point lead on Phoenix, the situation has reached a point where one can begin to wonder if the Kings will hang on in their fight for a playoff spot.
1-27-14: The Kings are struggling having lost five straight games and have scored just eight goals over that time. They look destined to be on the road in the first round of the playoffs, but if they're not careful, they could slip into one of the wild-card spots in the West. One of the biggest culprits for the Kings' offensive woes is Mike Richards. He has one goal in his past 28 games. GM Dean Lombardi will look to add some offense at the deadline and Buffalo’s Matt Moulson could be just that guy.
1-20-14: The Kings' overall record in January is 4-2-2. San Jose has opened up a four-point lead on Los Angeles for second place in the Pacific and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Only one playoff team in the West, Minnesota, has scored fewer goals per game than the Kings' 2.45. Expect L.A. to add some scoring at the trade deadline. Could Buffalo’s Matt Mouslon be somebody the Kings have on their radar?
1-13-14: The Kings have two wins in their past nine games and have scored 15 goals over that time. Since Jonathan Quick returned from injury, the Kings are 2-2-0 with nine goals scored. The work done while Quick was out just about secured the Kings a playoff spot but the Kings main focus over the rest of the season should be getting into the No. 2 spot in the Pacific for home ice in the first round of the postseason.
1-7-14: A win over Vancouver this past Saturday brought a stop to the Kings five-game losing streak. Los Angeles has a comfortable grasp on a playoff spot, but their problems of late have made them vulnerable in a battle for position. If that Saturday game had gone the other way Vancouver would hold down third in the Pacific and Los Angeles would be looking at a playoff date with Chicago in the first round. Martin Jones' .950 save percentage may lead the NHL, but with Jonathan Quick healthy again he's bound for the AHL.
12-30-13: They Kings have lost their past two games while allowing eight goals in the process. They had won nine of their last 10 before this little losing streak. Things will get tough for the Kings, as they will visit the Blackhawks, Stars and Blues this week. Anze Kopitar has failed to register a point in six of his past eight games and has just three goals and three assists in the month December. The Kings penalty kill currently ranks 6th in the NHL.
12-23-13: The Kings have won three straight games and nine of their last 10. Los Angeles currently sits second in the Pacific with 54 points, three back of. No team in the NHL has allowed fewer goals than the Kings' 71. Starting goalie Jonathan Quick is 10-5-0 with a .905 save percentage, backup Ben Scrivens is 7-3-4 with a .941 save percentage and third-stringer Martin Jones currently sits at 8-0-0 with a .966 save percentage. Yes, they have good goalies in LA.
12-16-13: The Kings had their six-game winning streak snapped in Chicago this past Sunday, losing 3-1 to the Blackhawks. It just LA’s second regulation loss in 19 games, and all but three have been played without No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Kings continue to nip at the Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division and could take over the top spot this week as they begin a four-game home stand Tuesday against the Oilers.
12-9-13: The Kings had a perfect week in which they beat St. Louis and Anaheim by narrow margins before routing the dismal Islanders. Rookie goaltender Martin Jones got his first NHL start last week against the Ducks and he did so well he also got the start against the Islanders. He made 16 saves for his first NHL shutout against New York. Jones is now 2-0-0 with a .955 save percentage. The Kings look like a serious Stanley Cup contender out West.
12-2-13: Los Angeles won a game, lost a game in the shootout (an epic game against the Sharks), and lost a game in regulation last week. The loss was troubling since it came against the Calgary Flames. Trevor Lewis just can’t finish. He’s 0-of-28 this year, pushing his career shooting efficiency to 3.5 percent on 342 shots. That's the worst total among active forwards (minimum 300 shots) in the NHL today. Ben Scrivens continues to perform well in place of Jonathan Quick, who is out with a groin injury.
11-25-13: Despite having a really good record, the Kings are still seventh place in the West. Los Angeles went 1-1-1 on the week and an impressive 5-2 win over Tampa Bay. The Kings just need to get healthy again. Jeff Carter remains on IR with a lower-body injury and Jonathan Quick could be out until Christmas with a groin injury. Ben Scrivens has been stellar in net since Quick went down with his injury. Kings fans better hold their breath that Quick’s injury doesn’t linger.
11-18-13: The Kings won three out of four games last week beating the Islanders, Rangers, and Devils in four nights. However, they did lose in the shootout to the lowly Sabres. The big news out of Los Angeles is the injury to goalie Jonathan Quick. He suffered a groin strain against Buffalo and will be out anywhere from three-to-six weeks. Backup goalie Ben Scrivens allowed only two goals on 88 shots this week and has a .955 save percentage in eight games this year
11-12-13: The Kings are still out the playoff picture (hard to believe with that record) but have played better of late. Los Angeles won both games they played this week by beating the Sabres and defeating a solid Canucks team 5-1. Jonathan Quick played better this week stopping 44 of 45 shots he saw. Quick did bring his save percentage up from a horrid .896 to .906. Jeff Carter needs to return to the lineup soon as the Kings miss his offensive game.
11-5-13: The Kings had an okay week defeating the powerhouse San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime. However, they dropped a road contest to Phoenix and a home game to Nashville. The Kings haven’t had a losing streak more than two games this season, nor have they had a winning streak more than three games. The Kings are 4-0 in shootout this season, after only winning twice last season. Jeff Carter being placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury is a huge loss for the Kings.
10-29-13: It was a pretty good week for the Kings. They scored a season-high seven goals against a talented Coyotes squad and then dominated a tired Edmonton Oilers. Jonathan Quick is still searching for his form. Through 11 games this season, Quick is 7-4-0 on the year with an average .907 save percentage. I still question whether or not he’s an automatic lock to be Team USA’s starting goalie at the Olympics this year in Sochi.
10-21-13: Drew Doughty finally seems to be getting his scoring touch back. After starting off the season ice cold, Doughty registered a goal and an assist in the Kings 5-2 victory over Dallas. The Kings are 3-0 in the shootout this season, but really haven’t played well yet. Folk hero Jonathan Quick has been less than stellar in his starts this season. Could Team USA go in another direction in goal for the 2014 Olympics? I guess it’s possible.
10-14-13: After opening the season with a victory against Minnesota, the Kings dropped two games before picking up victories against Carolina and Ottawa. Statistically speaking, the Kings are trending upwards. The goals against are going down, along with shots against. The penalty kill is rising, but Kings fans should be worried about their stagnant power play. Jonathan Quick gave up an embarrassing goal last week against the Rangers that landed him on ESPN’s not top 10 plays.
10-7-13: It’s been a rather boring start for the L.A. Kings. They came from behind to beat Minnesota in overtime in their opener and then got destroyed by an upstart Winnipeg Jets team. All-world goalie Jonathan Quick has looked pedestrian in his two starts and will he be surefire lock to start for Team USA at the Olympics? That remains to be seen.
9-4-13: Large strides have been made in the past 10 years for the Los Angeles Kings, including their first Stanley Cup. President and General Manager, Dean Lombardi, continues to do his research and knows how difficult it will continue to be in a Kings Quest to win their second Championship. Gone is veteran defenseman, Rob Scuderi and forward, Dustin Penner, but the depth of the LA Kings, remains in high praise and compete for the rising franchise.
The emergence of Jonathan Quick, in the past three years, is now the proven number one goaltender, and the exchange of goaltender Jonathan Bernier for forward, Matt Frattin to the Toronto Maple Leafs, is bittersweet. The return of Willie Mitchell and the emergence of Slava Voynov, coupled with Drew Doughty land the LA Kings with a solid defensive core.
Los Angeles fans eagerly await every game this season. The spoils of the St. Louis Blues (twice), retribution to the San Jose Sharks from 2010 and their own retribution of the Chicago Blackhawks are eagerly awaited tests of Los Angeles metal. However, division reign and a second Stanley Cup are the only decree of the silver and black.
8-3-13: The Kings and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk have agreed on a two-year contract as well as a three-year entry level contract for defenseman Colin Miller
7-25-13: The Kings have signed Jordan Nolan to a two-year contract extension worth $1.4 million.
7-20-13: The Kings have agreed to an eight-year extension with Dustin Brown.
Kings 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #37: Valentin Zykov, LW
Pick #103: Justin Auger, RW
Pick #118: Hudson Fasching, RW
Pick #146: Patrik Bartosak, G
Pick #148: Jonny Brodzinski, C
Pick #178: Zachary Leslie, D
Pick #191: Dominik Kubalik, LW