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Kings Not Meeting Expectations

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Kings want to be where evolving teams aspire to be: expecting to be in the playoffs, expecting to be a factor in the spring, expecting to be held to a higher standard.

Yet having arrived at this threshold, the Kings seem to have shrunk back from those expectations this season.

On Thursday, they gave up a goal 24 seconds into the first period, another 1:25 into the second period and then fell short after a furious charge in the third period, losing 4-2 to the NHL-leading Minnesota Wild.

The loss was the Kings’ third straight and dropped them below the playoff Mendoza Line in the Western Conference.

“Right now you kind of feel it’s just kind of stuck,” Lombardi told ESPN.com in an interview in his office at the team’s practice facility prior to Thursday’s game.


Anyone out there besides me feel Terry Murray’s job may be in jeopardy?

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Momentum Builder & Killer

For the Anaheim Ducks, they can build on this, while the LA Kings know it killed their momentum.

The Ducks took an early 2 goal lead at home, the Kings caught up midway in the 3rd period only to lose the game in regulation on this Bobby Ryan goal with less than 50 ticks left on the clock.

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Video- Another Push From Behind Hit

Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens gives Drew Doughty of the LA Kings one of those push from behind hits and sends Doughty into the boards.

Eller received two for boarding, should he have received more?  Doughty was fine by the way after about 20 seconds or so.

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  Tags: drew+doughty, lars+elle

Kings Activate Penner, Place Richards On IR

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Dustin Penner from the injured reserve list (upper body injury) and have placed forward Mike Richards on the injured reserve list (upper body injury), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Penner has missed the last nine games due to the injury, which he suffered on November 10 in a game against Vancouver.  In 14 games this season he has two points (both assists) and 25 penalty minutes.

Richards suffered his injury last night as part of the Kings’ 2-1 win against Florida at STAPLES Center.  He has played in all 25 games this season, his first with the club, and he has 20 points including a team-high 11 goals and a team-high two short-handed goals.  He also has 17 penalty minutes.

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Is This A Head Shot To Mike Richards?

Richards left the game after this hit from

Tomas Fleischmann

Sean Bergenheim and according to reports, will be re-evaluated again today.

Willie Mitchell also left the game early with a lower-body injury.

added 8:29am, A longer video of the incident can be watched below…

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  Tags: mike+richards, sean+bergenheim

Video- Big Hit Of The Night

Jack Johnson with a huge hit on Mike Ribeiro, which actually took Johnson out of the play and allowed Steve Ott to score the OT goal on a 2 on 1.

Ribeiro was able to get up just about the time the goal was scored, but was dazed by the hit.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

Video- Doughty Cross-Check

Drew Doughty received 2 minutes for cross-checking and after the game reports were T.J. Oshie was OK.

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  Tags: drew+doughty, t.j.+oshie

Video- You Make The Call

Brad Stuart on Anze Kopitar…

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, brad+stuart

Pressure Level About To Rise In LA

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

With numerous home practices behind them and an easy travel schedule ahead, Lombardi is ready to cast a critical eye on a team that hasn’t scored consistently. He took the Kings’ solid performance Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh as a sign that his players have hit their stride and that he can now regularly demand high-caliber efforts. However, he didn’t get it Monday in a 4-2 loss at San Jose that extended the team’s winless streak to five.

“It’s a matter of getting our competitiveness and our emotion where it needs to be,” he said. “If we come out and play where we did [Saturday] or give that type of effort, a lot of these other things will fall into place.

“That said, obviously we’re not getting some production from some key sources.”

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added 10:38am, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun also discuss the problems in LA,

LeBrun: Certainly, Murray is bearing the brunt of Kings fans on Twitter, that’s for sure. My thought, though, is that GM Dean Lombardi would look to make a trade before making that kind of move. Improvement from within would also help. Franchise defenseman Drew Doughty has struggled since signing his eight-year, $56-million deal, although a shoulder injury didn’t help things.

read on

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Ethan Moreau Fined For Hit

NEW YORK (November 6, 2011) – Los Angeles Kings’ forward Ethan Moreau has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in NHL Game #193 Saturday night in Los Angeles, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident, which occurred 8:27 into the first period, was reviewed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 41.1 – Boarding, of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.

added 11:17pm, Watch the hit below (thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer)...

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  Tags: ethan+moreau

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