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The ‘Dead’ Kings

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The ingredients were there for the Kings to clean up with a victory at home.

They rolled out their fullest lineup in weeks, against a fellow last-place team that was missing key personnel. And they were looking to build off a tightly played divisional game from earlier in the week.

Yet those ingredients went wasted in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center. In a contest between teams with a combined minus-66 goal differential going into Thursday, the Kings came up negative again. They suffered defensive breakdowns in the second period in getting swept by a combined 9-2 score in the season series against Ottawa, without second-leading scorer Matt Duchene.

“That’s awful,” Kings forward Kyle Clifford said. “That’s just embarrassing, to be honest. Not much more to say other than that.”

The Kings didn’t really make a formidable challenge in the third. Ottawa got 33 saves from goalie Anders Nilsson and, in a disconcerting reprise of the October meeting, simply had more desire.

“It starts from in here in the dressing room,” defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “We need guys with more energy.... It was kind of dead in here and our play showed.”

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The Kings are 17-25-3 37 points, last in the NHL.

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The LA Kings Have Won Four Straight

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Those cheery vibes the Kings earned for the Christmas break were tossed aside like torn gift-wrapping paper halfway into the game.

The Arizona Coyotes were under their skin in the form of Nick Cousins, who tried to take out the legs of goalie Jonathan Quick and soon got into an animated tussle and shouting match with Austin Wagner that lasted all the way to the penalty boxes in a second period going nowhere for the Kings.

It turned out to be the fire they needed to keep this midseason push burning Thursday. Dustin Brown scored 17 seconds into the third period and the Kings won their fourth straight game 2-1 at Staples Center.

Brown lifted the puck up and off goalie Darcy Kuemper from the right side on a simple rush play. Coupled with Jake Muzzin’s fluky first-period goal, the Kings continued to dig even though they remain in last place in the Western Conference.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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Jonathan Quick After A 4-3 OT Loss To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Zach Dooley of LAKingsInsider,

Jonathan Quick on the team battling back
We lost. [expletive] effort’s not enough, you know? That’s a given, effort should be there every [expletive] night. We lost, so that’s how it works.

On if there are any positives to take from tonight’s game
We got one. One point’s better than zero.

On whether this is the most frustrating stretch he’s had over a sustained period of time
It’s a one day at a time job. We lost today, that sucks. Wake up tomorrow and now we’re working on winning the next game, that’s all it is. It doesn’t matter if we won the last ten or lost the last ten, it doesn’t matter. It’s a one day at a time job. It sucks today, losing, tomorrow we’ll wake up and get ready to try and win the next one.

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Morning Line- Drew Doughty

Doughty: "Another game that we didn’t perform well enough. I don’t know if we even hit the 20 shot mark. It’s frustrating, it’s embarrassing, it’s a lot of things. I just don’t see enough emotion from the entire group to get us out of this."

 "It’s one thing to lose games when guys are competing. You can live with that. And you can live with doing good things, but when we’re not doing well and we’re not competing, you can’t live with it, and we haven’t lived with it since it started happening."

-via tweets from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider

The Kings lost 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils last night.

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Scoring Woes Continue For The Los Angeles Kings

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The franchise that once had only one goal is having severe difficulty scoring more than one goal.

Tuesday night’s game against Arizona fell into what has become a routine format for the Kings. Fall behind 2-0 on slipshod special teams play. Score, pull the goalie and come close to scoring again. Then lose, 2-1, their third defeat in their past four games.

The Kings have put the puck into the net eight times in their past five games. Their fans have noticed. They are expressing their opinion silently, in absentia.

It’s quiet and spacious in Staples Center these days, with empty rows in some very good sections, and the atmosphere is muted enough to hear errant passes bounce off the boards. When a fan yells out to shoot the (deleted) puck, everyone can hear, including those in the home jerseys.

Afterward, interim coach Willie Desjardins said the team’s 5-on-5 play was improving, but he’s probably as tired of reviewing the same movie as those who ask him.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Out A Month After A Procedure On His Ankle

via the LA Kings,

The LA Kings have announced that Ilya Kovalchuk will be out approximately four weeks while recovering from an ankle bursectomy procedure.

Kovalchuk ranks third on the Kings in points (5-9=14).

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The Edmonton Oilers ‘Fold’ Against The Los Angeles Kings

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This is the script that meets every new coach in the National Hockey League, and on a sorry Sunday night in Los Angeles it played out once again, this time for Ken Hitchcock and his Edmonton Oilers.

“Today, the errors that we made were big errors,” Hitchcock declared after a 5-2 loss to the NHL’s 31st-place team — that had played and lost the night before. “We gave up a breakaway, we have up three two-on-ones … . We made big errors.”...

It’s the script, and it goes like this:

Team has issues, so it fires its coach. New coach comes in, and the players have an extra jump in their step, and a keener eye to detail. That lasts for two or three games, maybe a week, but eventually the team that got coach No. 1 fired returns, as it did Sunday night in a wasteful loss to a Kings team that doesn’t beat anybody, but beat Edmonton on the second end of a back-to-back and with star player Ilya Kovalchuk stapled to bench for the entire third period.

“In Anaheim (Friday) we never made the huge mistake,” Connor McDavid said of a game against the Ducks that was tied 0-0 before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring with 8:55 to play. “Tonight, they slip behind us one time, and they hang on. They did a good job shutting it down after they got the lead.”

Remember how Todd McLellan used to talk about how his team needed to “hold its cards” a little longer before folding? 

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Ilya Kovalchuk’s Ice Time

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Desjardins, on whether Ilya Kovalchuk’s 6:20 was a “coach’s decision”:

Yeah. [Reporter: What’s he not doing for you?] The tough part about that match-up is McDavid can come, he can either take a minute-thirty shifts, so then you’re running through two lines, or he comes back on right away. So, it was trying to keep guys away from McDavid a little bit tonight, and how they’re playing, that power play unit didn’t get a lot of time, either, so he didn’t get a lot of time there. I just think other guys were going tonight.

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1:30 of Kovalchuk's ice time was on the power play.

 

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Ilya Kovalchuk Sees His Ice Time Cut

via TSN,

Prior to his current skid, Kovalchuk posted five goals and 14 points in his first 14 games back in the league after a five-year stint in the KHL. 

The 35-year-old saw a season-low 12:47 of ice time in Monday's win over the St. Louis Blues and has just two shifts in the third period. Kings interim head coach Willie Desjardins said Tuesday he believes Kovalchuk has slowed to due to the Kings drawing a lack of power plays.

“I think we’ve got to find a place,” Desjardins said, per the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think he’s performed the way he wants to. He’s kind of a power-play specialist a little bit and we’re not getting any power plays, so it’s kind of hurting his chances. We’ll try him out probably with [Adrian] Kempe here and see how that line goes.”

Kovalchuk is averaging 18:18 of ice time per game this season, though he's topped that total just twice in the seven games since Desjardins took over behind the bench.

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