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Kopitar, Giroux And Others On The Comeback Trail

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

It’s not just the goals that are coming for Kopitar, though. In 28 games, he’s found the scoresheet 31 times and sits in the top 10 in scoring after a campaign in which he finished tied for 83rd. And his point pace through the early part of this campaign suggests that Kopitar isn’t interested in hearing any more talk about a Los Angeles overpay. Were he to continue to score as he has through 28 games, Kopitar would end the season with 91 points. Add in his defensive prowess and he’s looking like he’ll be worth every single penny — and that’s even without mentioning the fact Kopitar and the Kings look to be right back in the hunt for a Pacific Division title.
Kopitar isn’t the only player having a tremendous bounce-back campaign, though. Here are four others who are making everyone forget about last season’s performance:

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

There was a while there where Giroux was considered one of the best players in the league. The numbers backed it up, too. From 2010-11 to 2014-15, no player put up more points than Giroux and he was the offensive leader for a Flyers team that was going through some changes. That slowed considerably over the past two campaigns, though, as he managed just 36 goals and 125 points over 160 games, putting up 58 points in 2016-17, the lowest single-season total he had managed since his run as one of the league’s best began.

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Butt. Bailey?

from the LA Daily News,

The man who appears at Los Angeles Kings games as team mascot “Bailey” was sued Wednesday by a dishwasher for allegedly groping the defendant’s buttocks in a Staples Center elevator in 2016.

Maso Griffin’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Tim Smith and his employer, Kings’ owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., as well as Levy Restaurants Inc. and Compass Group USA, which both provide food services to Staples Center. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Smith did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. A spokesman for the Kings said team officials have not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.


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What You May Have Missed For Yesterday

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced Thursday. It’s the Kings’ fifth round pick that becomes the fourth rounder acquired for Dwight King last season if Los Angeles makes the playoffs, as noted by CapFriendly:


from Jonathan Wilis of Sportsnet,

Although it’s superficially easy to build a case that Eichel has been a disappointment this season, anything more than a cursory examination reveals that for the rubbish it is. He’s an awfully good player, and by and large he’s doing good things in a difficult situation. Buffalo’s problem isn’t that Eichel isn’t doing enough; it’s that they don’t have enough players like him.


from Josh Beneteau also of Sportsnet,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was asked about how he picks who plays where on his forward lines and he dropped some hard truth.

It’s all bulls—.

Aaron Portzline from The Athletic has the full quote.

“It’s a bunch of bulls—. I get a kick out of us, as coaches… we talk about this, that and the other thing,” he said. “‘This is what I’m looking for.’ It’s a bunch of bulls—. We try things, and if it works, it works.”

Well whatever BS Torts is flinging, it seems to be working.


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The Up And Down Los Angeles Kings

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

Last time you turned around, the Kings had finished a triumphant Eastern trip. Now they are 11-5-2, and they have lost three consecutive games, the past two coming at home to Pacific Division opponents.

The latest was Tuesday night, 3-2 at the hands of Vancouver, after the Kings had struck for two goals before the Staples Center crowd had opened its Popcornopolis bags.

The bags were over their heads by the end, as the Kings played a listless second period and then a frenzied third, without result.

“We quit playing our game after that start we had,” Alec Martinez said tersely. “They didn’t.”

The issue is whether the Kings can retain the kind of game that made them the final team in hockey to suffer a regulation loss.

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Mike Cammalleri Goes To Edmonton, jussi Jokinen Goes To LAK

from Sportsnet,

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen.

Cammalleri has three goals and seven points in 15 games this season, his second stint with the Kings after signing a one-year contract with the team on July 1.

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Video- Kurtis MacDermid Hit On Ondrej Kase

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

On Kurtis MacDermid’s interference major and game misconduct:
Yeah, you know, I looked at it, and it’s unfortunate the kid got hurt, but Dermie basically stopped and waited for him as he got rid of the puck, so he didn’t lunge, he didn’t come forward. He basically was stepping up to make aplay and waited for him to hit him. Two things – I hope the kid’s OK, and I hope the league sees it the way we did.

-John Stevens, head coach of the LA Kings.



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Having Fun In LA

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings are having fun again. This is something that has been written before. On Monday, Drew Doughty said it, and Alec Martinez backed him up.

“Yeah. I second that. Third, fourth, whatever you want to call it,” Martinez said. “It’s no secret. We’ve all talked about it. Hockey is fun again.”

Any discussion about How The Kings Are Having Fun obviously weighs it against the context of the last several seasons, which weren’t particularly fruitful. Daryl Sutter could crack the whip; he also won two Stanley Cups as the greatest coach in franchise history. But, without the playoff wins to reinforce his exacting approach, the process grew sore, and the loss of team leader Jonathan Quick 20 minutes into the first game of the 2016-17 exacerbated the team’s challenges.


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Video- 0.9 Seconds Left In OT, Kings Beat the Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

With 0.9 seconds left in overtime, and David Pastrnak opposing Anze Kopitar for a faceoff, most everyone in the building figured the night would be decided in a shootout. Bring on the shooters.

Uh, not so fast.

Instead, all of one half of one second later, after Kopitar undressed Pastrnak and pulled the puck toward the slot, Kings center Tyler Toffoli ripped home a screaming one-time slapper, handing the Kings a 2-1 victory and leaving a hometown crowd, and the entire Boston bench, in utter dismay.

“I didn’t see that one coming,” said Rask. “I didn’t see the shot . . . it’s tough . . . I was thinking of standing in the middle of the net, in case that happens. Would have been better off doing that, I guess. But, hey, always something new I guess.”




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Carey Price Hears Boos During Habs 4-0 Loss To The LA Kings

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

It’s been pretty rough for the franchise goaltender in the early going of this season, with the Canadiens stumbling out to their worst start to a season since WWII was in full swing; since the Chatanooga Choo Choo topped the charts; since Casablanca was playing in movie theatres; since…okay, you get the point. It’s rough and Price’s big contract—signed this past July—is still nearly a full calendar year away from kicking in.

It was particularly rough for Price on Thursday night, when he was mock-cheered with nearly 20 minutes remaining in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings....

Thursday marked the fifth time this season Price allowed at least four goals. He was handcuffed on the first one from Kings forward Andrian Kempe, beat clean on the second one just 11 seconds later, beat clean by a tremendous shot from Kings captain Anze Kopitar and left shaking his head on Kurtis MacDermid’s shot, which was tipped by Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw some 50 feet away from his net.

Did Price hear the taunts that came shortly after?

"Sure," he said. "I don’t have anything to say about it. It’s been done before, it’ll be done again."


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Video- Jonathan Quick Pulled Briefly For Concussion Protocol

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Jonathan Quick was briefly removed from Monday’s game because an NHL concussion spotter noticed he had exhibited signs of a potential head injury, but the Los Angeles Kings goaltender returned to the game moments later without undergoing concussion protocol.

Confusion around the league’s handling of suspected head injuries has resurfaced.

"I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the league," said a frustrated Quick, when asked to explain the incident immediately after the Kings’ 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs....

The Los Angeles bench was notified through headset communication by the league’s neutral spotter that Quick needed to be removed from the game, according to Kings head coach John Stevens. The league office had apparently looked into the play where he got bumped and deemed it worth of a mandatory evaluation.

The independent "central spotters" who monitor the games are looking for visible signs of a potential concussion such as suspicious movement, reaching for the head or poor motor skills.

"He didn’t want to come out. He felt fine," Stevens said.

Quick began to walk down the tunnel to the dressing room but turned around and returned to the bench.


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