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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Ryan Smyth will be out of the lineup for up to one month, Terry Murray said after practice today. Murray would not detail what Smyth’s “upper-body” injury is. As expected, Alexander Frolov will skate on the first line. Teddy Purcell will skate with Handzus and Simmonds.
Murray said Rob Scuderi continues to be day to day with his lower-body injury.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
The Kings’ injury updates are not good.
Ryan Smyth will not play tomorrow night and will be out “longer than that, for sure,” according to Terry Murray. Smyth, still officially listed with an upper-body injury, is scheduled to see a team doctor tomorrow for an evaluation. Hopefully we’ll know more after that.
Murray said Rob Scuderi came to the practice facility for treatment this morning but also will not play tomorrow. Murray said he is “progressing, but not ready.”
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Semin played through the wrist injury (and other bumps and bruises) while Ovechkin was out, but apparently the wrist was not improving.
It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.
Lightning lose in shootout to the Kings.
The goal by the Lightning was waived off, goalie interference…
Team, player and NHL reaction on the non-goal can be found here.
BURBANK, Calif. – November 11, 2009 – On Thursday, November 12 recent inductee to the NHL Hall of Fame Luc Robitaille will take to the ice on “The Jay Leno Show” (Monday-Friday, 10-11 p.m. ET). The Stanley Cup winner will take penalty shots on Leno’s IT guy in a segment called “Extreme Johnny.”
Robitaille made the NHL All-Star team 8 times in his career and logged 668 career goals and adding 726 assists. The left winger skated for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings.
Thursday’s show will also feature an in-studio visit by Penelope Cruz and a “Ten @ Ten” with Dolly Parton.
from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
No matter how often the Kings said they’re not approaching tonight’s game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins as a gauge of their own progress—and they’ve said it often the last few days, including after Thursday’s game-day skate—you know they’re geared up for this. And they should be.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi, who left the Penguins to sign with the Kings as a free agent over the summer, said Wednesday that the Kings are hoping to be like the Penguins someday. So why not measure yourself up against the Penguins tonight?
That’s not to say the Kings can—or should—copy the Penguins’ game plan. The Kings don’t have the top-to-bottom skill to do that. But persistence isn’t measured in point totals. A poised, smart, disciplined approach is their best chance at competing well.
A behind the scenes look at the LA Kings Ice Crew photo shoot!
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
The Kings have 18 points in 14 games, good (at the start of today) for second place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference. The Kings have games in hand over quite a few teams, but given that they have already played eight road games, that’s impressive, by any measure.
At this point, I’m grading the team a B, with offense being the (very surprising) strong point, the defense being solid, the goaltending being adequate and the special teams being subpar. Keep in mind, I’m judging the Kings on a high scale, against the best of the best.
The goaltending part of this is the most subjective, as always.
Rich Hammond of Inside The Kings had a chance to chat with Randy Jones who was claimed on waivers from the Flyers yesterday,
Question: It seemed like you were stuck, in a way, with the Flyers’ roster and salary-cap issues. Did that get frustrating? Did it almost feel like it was out of your control?
JONES: “Well, sometimes you do feel that it’s a little out of your control. I guess when it first happened I felt a little (upset) at the situation. You almost want to put blame on someone or just get (mad) at certain individuals, but I came to realize that it’s now how I should be handling it. In reality, I should have played better, if you will. You have to play good enough so that they can’t get rid of you. So it was a tough situation, but you kind of have to make the most out of it.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Randy Jones won’t be going back on the Flyers’ roster.
The defenseman was claimed Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Kings on re-entry waivers. That means Jones’ $2.75 million cap hit will be split between the Flyers and Kings, who must pay the $15,000 waiver claim price as well
In other words, the Flyers just took a $1.375 million cap hit for a player they lost on re-entry.
Financially, it was a huge gamble and the Flyers lost.
“He would have helped our team but that’s the risk you take,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “What are you going to do? … Those are the rules. We knew the risks going in.”
Holmgren said a couple clubs asked about him recently, but no one asked the Flyers to put him on re-entry so he could be claimed.
Kopitar’s early success ranks him ahead of Marian Gaborik, Alexander Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Rick Nash and even Sidney Crosby—all the superstars you would see on national TV if the NHL had a decent broadcast deal with a network that’s not in a dispute with DirecTV.
-Helene Elliott of the LA Times. More on Kopitar and the Kings from Helene.
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