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Make Or Break Road Trip For The Los Angeles Kings

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings are surely trying to focus on their own game – and Darryl Sutter said as much this morning – but it’s impossible not to acknowledge that the five-game road trip that opens tonight in New Jersey pits Los Angeles against an array of dangerous teams and Stanley Cup contenders.

Players and coaches will often say that winning the first game of an extended road trip is important, which would make tonight’s game against the Devils, who have the fewest points of any opponent on the trip, a crucially important game on trip that could “make-or-break” the Kings’ playoff chances.

“Yeah, we’ve got to look at it that way,” Anze Kopitar said. “I think a lot, not all of it, is going to depend on this road trip. Obviously you’re playing east teams where you have to get points to pretty much keep pace. We’re going to have to bring it, for sure.”...

So never mind that they’ll also play tomorrow night against the President’s Trophy-chasing New York Rangers, or on Thursday against a New York Islanders team looking to lock down home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Forget about Saturday’s game against red hot Minnesota and Monday’s Western Conference Final rematch against Chicago.

Kopitar temporarily removed the late season blinders to speak about the importance of this upcoming stretch.

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Afternoon Line- Justin Williams

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Will Mike Richards Supply The Energy The LA Kings Need?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Mike Richards is back with the Los Angeles Kings, and you have to wonder just what kind of player we're going to see after Richards' late-January assignment to the AHL.

Richards had 14 points in 16 AHL games, with the organization on him to improve his conditioning. Kings GM Dean Lombardi always told me there was a chance Richards would be a late-season recall, and now here we are.

There are a few factors in it the decision, including the fact that veteran center Jarret Stoll remains out with an injury and the team doesn't know how long he will be out. Stoll still isn't skating yet. So that's left the Kings a little young down the middle, with Nick Shore and Andy Andreoff as part of the group of centers on the big club. But as a team source told me Sunday, this is also about the team needing some energy.

The Kings are two points out of a playoff spot and need a spark as they begin a critical five-game road trip Monday in New Jersey. It's do or die for Los Angeles.

read on for Burnside and McDonald on the Bruins, Strang on the Rangers and Powers on Detroit/St. Louis...

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Mike Richards Recalled By The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Mike Richards from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 5-11, 199-pound native of Kenora, Ontario appeared in 16 games with Manchester during his assignment, tallying 14 points (3-11=14), a plus-6 rating and four penalty minutes. He has played in 46 games with the Kings this season with the Kings, registering 15 points (5-10=15) and 39 penalty minutes. He played in his 700th NHL game, Jan. 12 vs. TOR and recorded his 300th career assist, Dec. 12 at MTL. He had played 224 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 22, 2011, the longest active streak on the Kings.

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Video- Tyler Toffoli Gets Five For Boarding And A Game Misconduct

via Sportsnet,

Tyler Toffoli was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for crosschecking Alex Burrows from five feet into the boards on a line change.

 

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Video- Jonathan Quick Upset With Henrik Sedin

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin collides with Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and Eddie Lack thinks about fighting.

 

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Alec Martinez Activated By The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Alec Martinez off of injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

A fourth round (95th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2007 NHL Draft, Martinez has played in 45 games this season, registered 17 points (5-12=17), a plus-11 rating and eight penalty minutes. Martinez missed 18 games due to an upper-body injury and was placed on injured reserve Feb. 7.

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Video- Jonathan Quick Not Happy With Jacob Silfverberg Goal

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

On whether he had an issue with Anaheim’s second goal:

I’m not sure who the player was, but he shoved Muzzin, so basically that’s Muzz losing a battle of inches. He’s who ran into Jonathan. Not – im not sure who it was for them. [Reporter: Thompson, I think.] Thompson, yeah. I was trying to think – it was a four.

more from Sutter post-game in which the Ducks defeated the Kings 3-2 in OT

Here is the goal in question....

 

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Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau

 

 

The Ducks host the Kings tonight, puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.

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All Darryl Sutter

After practice today...

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

On whether lower shot totals against suggest a renewed focus to suppressing shots:

No. Shot totals [against] go up when the bottom part of your order doesn’t hit. It’s true. It’s very true.

On those who believe that Jonathan Quick is not an “elite goalie”:

Well, that’s too bad. Basically, those are the people who don’t want somebody to do well. [Reporter: To prove their theories, yeah.] They don’t want somebody to do well. And now, with all this newfound data that you can use when you lose – instead of use when you win – it’s interesting. [Reporter: But did you see any difference in his game, or was it the team in front of him, I mean the chaos in front of him, on defense, and just working new people in?] … God, October, he was probably the best player in the league. I wouldn’t doubt that. You’ve got to remember, still, it’s like when you’re talking about the boy who scored his first goal last night. He’s played lots of exhibition games and lots of American League games. He’s played a lot of games, same as Jonathan Quick. Jonathan Quick’s had two major surgeries and played more games than any other goaltender in hockey in the last few years, but if you average it all out, who has the most wins? Jeez, I’d hate to think that at age 28 that he’s eroding.

more Q & A...

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