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Winning Streak Hits Six For The LA Kings

from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

Calvin Petersen made 35 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings to their sixth straight win, 2-1 against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.

Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Kings (9-6-3), who have outscored their opponents 22-7 during the streak.

Los Angeles tied the Tampa Bay Lightning (Jan. 30-Feb. 9) for the longest winning streak this season.

"I think guys are playing like we expect to play," Petersen said. "We're all doing our jobs. We're not getting too far ahead of ourselves. We're taking it game by game. I think it's paying off for us. Guys are seizing the opportunities given to them. The older guys keep setting the tone. We're hoping to build off it."

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Video- Sean Walker Takes A Slap Shot To The Face

 

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Video-Kevin Fiala Hit On Matt Roy

Game misconduct. Any more punishment coming?

 

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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan

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Andreas Athanasiou Signing Is Official With The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 29, 2020) – The LA Kings signed forward Andreas Athanasiou to a one-year contract worth $1.2 million, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Athanasiou, a 6-2, 190-pound native of Woodbridge, Ontario, split last season between the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers. The 26-year-old forward started the season with the Red Wings, posting 24 points (10-14=24) in 46 games. He was traded at the deadline to the Oilers where he posted two points (1-1=2) in nine games before the season was cut short. He went scoreless in four games with Edmonton during the postseason.

Originally selected in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Red Wings, Athanasiou is entering his sixth season in the NHL, having appeared in 303 regular-season games posting 156 points (84-72=156). During the 2018-19 season he posted a career-high 30 goals and 54 points, second on the Red Wings in both categories. He has also appeared in nine postseason games, posting one point (1-0=1).

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Evening Line- Todd McLellan

“It’s going to be baptism by fire, really, we’re going to have to be reactive, we’re going to have to be expecting of wrinkles thrown in. We’re not in control. We have to adhere to what we’re told and be prepared for it. We can whine all we want. Doesn’t matter. Just do it, worry about the things that we can control, and that’s how we’ll approach it.”

-Todd McLellan, head coach of the LA Kings.  Jack Harris of the LA Times has more from the coach.

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Four Teams Show Interest In Playing Home Games Under The Sky

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Let’s begin this quickie blog with a caveat: it’s a long shot.

But…at least four NHL teams are investigating the possibility of playing home games in outdoor stadia if it will allow them to have fans in attendance.

Again, there are no guarantees in COVID times, “but it is being explored,” one executive said Wednesday.

None of the clubs would comment, but they are Anaheim, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. According to multiple sources, it was the Kings who first considered the idea several months ago. Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group also owns Dignity Health Sports Park, located 15 miles from the Kings’ home, Staples Center.

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Olli Maatta Now A Member Of The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4, 2020) - The LA Kings have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. "Olli is a well-rounded player who will fit well with our group of defensemen," said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. "He is a young player that already has a lot of valuable NHL experience, including a pair of Stanley Cups, and we look forward to having him join our organization."

Maatta, 26, tallied 17 points (4-13=17) in 65 games last season with the Blackhawks, while averaging 18:25 time on ice. In nine playoff games, he led the team with a plus-seven rating and paced the defensemen with three goals and six points (3-3=6), while managing 18:17 TOI.

Prior to joining Chicago, Maatta spent six seasons with Pittsburgh from 2013-19 after being selected by the Penguins in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Are You A Fan Of These Virtual Games?

from Jack Harris of the LA Times,

Play-by-play announcer Alex Faust set the table at the top of Sunday afternoon’s show, dropping nuggets of research into his opening lines. Analyst Jim Fox took over from there, serving up a scouting report for a game that wasn’t supposed to be.

The two men weren’t previewing a real contest, the NHL season still suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, talking into cameras from the safety of their homes, they were trying their best to make a virtual substitute feel like the real thing.

In this absence of live action, the Kings have turned to video game simulations to keep some semblance of routine. Every time a real Kings game is scheduled to take place, such as Sunday’s delayed meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team instead stages a virtual rendition viewed by thousands on an online stream.

Laugh if you want. Three weeks ago, the idea of livestreaming video games to a sports-deprived fan base would have sounded comical. But with almost all real sports postponed for the foreseeable future, the industry has turned to virtual simulations to help fill the void.

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Afternoon Line- Alex Faust

Living in the bubble of professional hockey, I had assumed we could persevere through this. This is the toughest sport on earth, right? Sports serve as a diversion, a source of unification, a positive tonic even in the darkest times of trouble. The show had to go on, right?

And selfishly, as a healthy 31-year-old working amongst healthy, high-performance athletes, my thought process was: why should I worry?

-Alex Faust, play by play voice for the LA Kings.  Read more from Faust at LAKings.com.

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