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Disciplinary Action May Be Facing Bobby Ryan

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The NHL may take a further look at a hit Ducks winger Bobby Ryan made on Kings forward Oscar Moller in the late stages of the Kings’ 4-0 win Thursday and determine whether Ryan be disciplined.

Ryan could face a suspension for taking a run at Moller and ramming him into the glass behind the Ducks’ net with 7.1 seconds left in the game. He was given a minor penalty for roughing, a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.

After the game, Ryan said he expects the league will look at the hit but doesn’t believe he will be disciplined.

“I’d be very surprised,” Ryan said.  ”I coasted for 10 feet before I hit him. I did definitely take some strides in that direction. But I came in and watched what I did right away. Everything was down, my hands. It was a clean hit. He had his head down. It’s part of the game.”

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  Tags: bobby+ryan

Kings Plan To Keep Frolov This Season

Rich Hammond lf LAKings Insider has a Q & A with GM Dean Lombardi,

Question: If, over the next few weeks, it seems unlikely that anything will happen there (Frolov contract), does that influence what you do with him?

LOMBARDI: “No. This is the other thing too, another sign that you’re getting better. Certainly, in the first three years, it was very clear. It was all about getting draft picks. That’s the crappy part about building. You’re essentially making your team worse, immediately, and all you’re doing is getting picks. I don’t see us doing anything like that with a player of his caliber, to say, `OK, we’re going to lose him, so let’s get a second-round pick, or a first-rounder.’ I don’t see us taking good players out of our lineup at this stage.

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  Tags: alexander+frolov

Kings Would Want Kovalchuk Long-Term

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings need a pure scorer who could make a difference in the one-goal games they’ve recently lost and solidify their playoff ambitions.

Atlanta left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, a two-time 50-goal scorer who can become a free agent July 1, has a $6.4-million salary cap hit that would be prorated according to the number of games left in the season. The Kings have the cap space to handle that and the assets to send to Atlanta in a trade.

But there are some hitches. The Kings don’t want him as a rent-a-player and they’re likely to go ahead only if they get permission to talk to him and get assurances he would sign with them long term.

more plus some Ducks talk…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Kings Power Play Improves With The Return Of Smyth

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

There might be “lies, damn lies and statistics,” but sometimes the numbers don’t lie. After Ryan Smyth suffered his upper-body injury, the Kings went 6-for-49 on the power play in their 15 games without Smyth. In the seven games since Smyth’s return, the Kings are 8-for-26 on the power play, and Smyth has four of those goals.

So while Terry Murray has said, of late, that he doesn’t attribute too much of the power-play success to any one person, it’s clear that Smyth’s impact is huge, particularly with the way Smyth parks himself in front of the net for tip-ins and rebounds. Here’s what Murray said today about Smyth’s impact on the power play, followed by Smyth’s thoughts…

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Wings Refuse To Give In

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This is what it takes to win championships: an indomitable will and a refusal to give in when adversity strikes again and again and again.

Someday, if the Kings are lucky, they will win as many Stanley Cup titles as the Red Wings have captured.

Until then, they can look at Detroit’s 2-1 triumph Thursday and marvel at how thin the difference can be between victory and defeat and how close they came to bridging that gap.

continue for game breakdown…

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Morning Line

“We had — particularly, our line — had five times when three guys were laying in the crease, and we couldn’t get the puck by everybody. Howard, he was playing good, no question about that, but there were just a couple lucky bounces here and there, and we could have won that game.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings and the play of Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.  More from Kopitar via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar

Kings Can Widen The Gap On The Wings Tonight

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings find themselves in an unusual, albeit positive, situation tonight. More than halfway through the season, they’re ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference standings. It’s far too early to say that a balance of power has shifted in the West, and I would say the money is still on the Red Wings making the playoffs, but the Kings have a golden opportunity tonight to put even more distance between themselves and Detroit.

The Wings are scheduled to get Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary back in the lineup tonight, which certainly will give them a different look. I asked Terry Murray today about the difference of having the Red Wings behind the Kings in the standings…

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Morning Line

At this point in time, L.A. Kings fans are better than the vast majority of Senators fans. Why? Oh, I don’t know—it’s the little things. Things like everyone standing up and cheering when a goal is scored, and having people stay to watch when the good guys are a goal behind in the third (as opposed to running for their cars). Last time I checked, Los Angeles traffic was far worse than anything coming out of Kanata.

-The Universal Cynic.  More hockey bits from the TUC.

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The Kings New Video Blogger

You can get more information at LAKings.com.

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Phaneuf Hit On Kopitar Last Night

Phaneuf received 5 for boarding and a game.  Kopitar was OK and maybe missed one shift.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, dion+phaneuf

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