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Video- Zac Rinaldo Hit On Nikolai Prokhorkin

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

McLellan, on whether he saw the Zac Rinaldo hit:
Well, of course I did. You guys all looked at it too. I’m always asked this question after. What usually happens is one coach says, ‘I haven’t looked at it yet,’ and the other coach says, ‘you know what, I think the player was in a vulnerable position, I think that the head was targeted, I think that the weight went up and I think the feet came off the ice,’ so figure out which coach was which. [Reporter: What about the heart from Kyle Clifford standing up for Pro and the moments that followed?] It’s a team move and that’s what Cliffy does for his teammates. [Reporter: Did they get tossed because it happened during a TV timeout?] Yeah.

Watch the hit below. and then the fight...

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News On Ilya Kovalchuk

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Look At Them Now

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Dean Lombardi is no longer general manager. Darryl Sutter is no longer the coach, nor is John Stevens, who replaced Sutter after his amazing run of Stanley Cups. Both were let go for not keeping up with the times, for not finding a way to keep the Kings fresh and relevant when they managed what almost no one in hockey has managed in recent times....

The championship window opened quickly and closed just as fast for the Kings, one of the worst teams now in all of hockey. In a three-year period, winning two titles, they played in 63 playoff games. That kicks the whatever out of you. That turns great to good over time. The body isn’t built for that kind of punishment  year after year.

It happened in Los Angeles. The same happened in Chicago, where the amazing Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups in a short time. They were Western Conference-tough, built to last the way teams have been built to last, distinct of style and rather impossible to beat over seven games.

It’s the toll that winning takes on champions.

Joel Quenneville did such a great job winning three Cups in Chicago that he’s now coaching in Florida. The Blackhawks won with Jonathan Toews as the perfect leader, Patrick Kane as the breakaway scoring threat, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on defence, Corey Crawford sharp in goal.

Keith is now old, Seabrook slow and old, Crawford no longer sharp, Toews and Kane signed long-term for $21 million and not living up to their current contracts. Since winning the third Cup, the Blackhawks haven’t won a playoff round.


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Jonathan Quick’s Problems

from Rick DiPietro of ESPN,

After seven games, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion and former All-Star -- has a 2-5 record with a 4.48 goals-against average and .849 save percentage. Only Winnipeg's Laurent Brossoit has worse numbers among goalies with at least four starts. Yes, it is early, but Quick's numbers have only built on his save percentage of .888 in 46 games last season.

At even strength, his .855 save percentage is only a tick better than the overall number. And according to Corsica Hockey, Quick has a .636 save percentage in high-danger situations.

So what's wrong with the veteran backstopper, who posted a .921 save percentage just two seasons ago? From a distance, there are few simple answers....

I turned to my friends at Clear Sight Analytics, who consult and provide data to many teams around the NHL and the rest of the hockey world, and asked for a closer look at Quick's slow start to the campaign.

The first thing they looked at is a base stat for evaluating goaltenders. By their measurement, Quick should have given up 21 goals in his seven games this season. He has instead given up 31, and that minus-10 differential ranks dead last in the league.

That is eye-opening, but hope is not lost for Quick. Some of the issues that have led him here are fixable.


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Video Evening Line- Todd McLellan

After the LA Kings lost to Chicago 5-1 tonight.


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Videos- Drew Doughty/Matthew Tkachuk Battle Continues

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Matthew Tkachuk got a few punches in, but Drew Doughty got the last laugh.


The fireworks many tuned in to see on Hockey Night in Canada between the two sparring partners came in the final 10 minutes of a game in which the listless Flames were down 4-0.

As Tkachuk skated down the left wing approaching Doughty, he essentially let go of the puck with an eye on engaging with the man he’s hated for years.

Alas, just before the point of contact Doughty went low, upending Tkachuk in spectacular fashion, sparking a dog pile most defensive line coaches would be proud of.

“It was the first time we had a one-on-one all night, so I just kind of let the puck go and was going to go engage with him and he went low on me,” said Tkachuk, whose only other exchange with Doughty was a first period conversation off a faceoff.

“Those are the moments you kind of black out and just try to get some punches in, I guess.”


Below, watch the incident and game highlights.

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Try To Move Jonathan Quick?

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

That the Neal-Lucic swap happened, though, offers another rival fanbase hope that they, too, can rid themselves of what is quickly becoming an albatross of a contract. We’re speaking of the Los Angeles Kings, of course, who might want to start thinking about how they’re going to rid themselves of the final four seasons of Jonathan Quick’s 10-year, $58-million deal.

While Quick’s goals-against average and save percentage improved after his third game of the season, a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, the bad news it that as we enter into the third week of the NHL campaign, the 33-year-old netminder possesses a 6.43 GAA and .793 SP. Even though that’s a small sample size, it’s one of the worst starts by a supposed No. 1 netminder in some time. And those are just the simple surface numbers. His .818 SP at 5-on-5 ranks last among the 37 goaltenders with at least three games played, his .632 high-danger SP at five-a-side is third-last among the same group of netminders and Quick’s minus-6.25 goals-saved above average is the worst among all goalies


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Morning Line- Todd McLellan

Head coach Todd McLellan of the LA Kings after an 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.


Catch the game highlights below.

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Drew Doughty Wants To End The Jabbingt With Matthew Tkachuk

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

The rivalry between Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty was, once again, the topic of conversation in the days leading up to Tuesday’s game at Scotiabank Saddledome — the first instalment of the season.

“Well … we know who the better player is,” Doughty had said, smirking, a day earlier when asked about the ongoing back-and-forth.

This only seemed to throw gasoline on a fire that has been burning since Tkachuk’s rookie days in 2016-17 and added intrigue to an, otherwise, storyline-less game one week into the 2019-20 National Hockey League season.

But after Doughty’s overtime winner 50 seconds into the clash to win it 4-3 for the Kings — after Tkachuk tied the game 3-3 to force the extra frame — the outspoken former Norris Trophy winner put his hand to his ear, bringing on the home crowd’s boo birds.

Afterwards, he indicated that he wanted to bury the hatchet with Tkachuk.

“I want to put that to rest,” Doughty said. “That’s over. As you can see, we both thrive under emotional games. I think he had three points, and I think I had three points. I just want to put that to rest. He’s going to run me —that’s his job.

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Below, watch Doughty's OT goal.

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Gretzky To Bossy?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“Like when I had the chance to go to L.A. and play with Wayne,” he said.

Excuse me? Say what?

“It was the summer [1988] when my contract with the Islanders expired after I’d sat out the year because of my back,” Bossy said. “I hadn’t announced my retirement, yet.

“And it must have been right after they made the trade [for Gretzky on Aug. 9, 1988] that I got a phone call at home. ‘Mike, it’s Bruce McNall.’ I said, ‘Oh?’ ”

McNall, of course, was the Kings’ owner who pulled off the massive deal in which he added $15 million to the package that went to Edmonton owner Peter Pocklington in exchange for No. 99.

“Bruce said he wanted me as a free agent,” Bossy said. “He said, ‘I’d love to have you come out and play with Wayne.”


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