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from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,
The NHL has never played a regular season outdoor game west of the Mississippi river, but the league will be front and center in Los Angeles when it partners with NBC Sports to take hockey to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.
"What a perfect combination: the Hollywood stars, the hockey stars, under the stars. It is the perfect hat trick," NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network executive producer Sam Flood told The Hollywood Reporter about the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks regular season game....
But Flood, a former college hockey captain at Williams before becoming a TV hockey powerbroker, said mixing NHL brawn with Hollywood beauty promises an event more than a league game. "[Los Angeles] is celebrity. That is the scene. That is a place you want to be seen," Flood insisted.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Though the plan for Jonathan Quick to travel with the Manchester Monarchs this weekend was dashed by winter storms that delayed and canceled flights throughout the eastern part of the country, the Kings goaltender is ready to participate in live game action and appears to be nearing his return to the active lineup. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 groin strain in overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on November 12.
“I feel good. I think the next step is to get some game action. I think that’d be the next step. So it’s up to the coaches, trainers to decide when they want me to take that step,” Quick said following the team’s practice at Toyota Sports Center on Friday.
The refs called it a good goal and the situation room confimed the call.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Ticketing updates for the January 25 Kings-Ducks Stadium Series game:
-The event is 80% sold out. The Kings and the National Hockey League expect the event to completely sell out by the week of the game. The Kings are hoping that the event sells out in advance of the week leading up to the game.
-The $249 dollar tickets have not sold well to this point. Per a Kings spokesperson, I have been told that the league has realized that it “missed the mark” in asking $249 per ticket in the Reserve Level, even if those seats contain some of the best views of the playing surface. Some of the $249 tickets will be adjusted to $199 and $189. Those who previously purchased seats for $249 in sections that will experience price drops to $199 and $189 will be refunded the difference between the two price points.
continue for ticket information including a seating chart...
“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice. He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”
“It’s the game of hockey. You play a playoff series, you play hard, guys battle, they fight, people get dinged up. At the end of the series, what do people do? They shake hands. As I said, all I know is Gordie Howe, one of the toughest, most physical guys that ever played, found time to come in and check on me. It’s a part of the game that I think makes our game the game that it is.”
-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks. Wilson was disappointed Dustin Brown of the LA Kings did not 'check-in' on Tomsa Hertl after his hit on him last week. More from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talks about the phenom Martin Jones, about local boy Tyler Toffoli, and even gives his off-the-cuff idea to turn the penalty box into the best seats in the house.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Dustin Brown was assessed a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct for a knee-on-knee collision with Tomas Hertl that took the San Jose forward out of the game.
The severity of Hertl’s injury was unknown immediately following the game....
On a review of the play, it was Brown’s back leg, not his lead leg, that made contact with Hertl. Though Brown plays an edgy, physical role for the club and is the only King to have been suspended since the formation of the Department of Player Safety in the summer of 2011, this contact appeared to be purely a coincidental collision of two legs occupying the same spot at the same time, and a five minute major did not appear to justified.
Darryl Sutter agreed in his postgame media availability.
“I’m sure you guys saw it up there. What did you guys think of it?”
“You lose a player for almost the whole game when you’re in this type of schedule – that is not the right call. Clear. No more questions about it. I saw it live and I saw two or three replays. It’s not the right call.”
read on for Todd McLellan's reaction and watch the hit below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Anaheim Ducks (.736), Los Angeles Kings (.714) and San Jose Sharks (.706) were all top five in points percentage through Wednesday morning, signaling perhaps one of the greatest seasons ever for California teams since the three have been in the league.
Right now, all three are vying for the Presidents' Trophy; all three are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Put some hockey tape on those surfboards, dudes.
"It's been great," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf told ESPN.com this week. "We haven't played a lot against each other yet, that's the thing that's going to be real exciting down the stretch is having all three of us right in the hunt and playing for big positions going into the playoffs.
"I think California has done a great job backing these hockey teams and the fans getting on board and creating the buzz around here."
All together, the Cali clubs are a combined 68-22-15 this season. Gulp.
"We're all pretty experienced teams," veteran Kings center Jarret Stoll said. "San Jose has had a big, core group of guys there for a long time, Anaheim same thing, and I'd say same with us. So it's experienced guys, big, physical teams.
"We're all similar teams in a lot of ways and all three of us playing pretty consistent hockey right now. And all three teams are getting contributions from everybody. I'd say more or less the same thing going on with all three of us."
“Still, it amazes me that’s what they call it – the penalty box. Like, what is that, the ‘penalty box?’ They should take the penalty box out, because you think about how much time there actually is sitting in the penalty box now, it’s about 12 minutes total a game, right? 12 minutes. It used to be they had a guy with a suit, and if you got a penalty, and you got a penalty, that guy sat between you, right? Now they have two boxes. You go to the box. It’s like Steve McQueen, right? They should sell those seats…there are so few penalties now. Why don’t they just say, ‘OK, you’ve got to sit on the bench,’ or, ‘You’ve got to sit on their bench for two minutes.’ I don’t get that. They’ve got like four guys sitting over there, and room for like six other people to sit. They’re the best seats in the house, right at center ice. Like, if it was a football game, then that’s the best seat. I don’t get that [any] more. Really, it’s like a three-penalty-team a game now. Why do they that make that deal? Why do they get that big place for there? When I was coaching Brett in novice when he was little back home, and he’d get penalties, I’d go, ‘Brett, you’re little. Why do you go over there and sit? Why do you want to go there?’ He says, ‘I can see better from there.’ [Reporter: How old was he?] He was just little. It makes sense, right? He could see better.”
“When you think about it, I’m probably right for once.”
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on the penalty box,. Via Jon Rosen of LAKingsinder.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The mail bag is loaded with questions as to how the Los Angeles Kings' third goal in their 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday could possibly have been allow to stand after Kyle Clifford backed into Habs goalie Carey Price deep in his goal crease. As my colleague Ray Ferraro said on the TSN broadcast, "Oh, I can't believe there are going to allow this goal...In my opinion, this is as 'goaltender interference penalty' as you'll find!"
I couldn't agree more with Ray's accurate assessment of this play.
What troubles me most, beyond the tremendous inconsistency we see in calling goalkeeper interference, is that Referee Kevin Pollock had an unobstructed view from a stationery position in the corner closest to Kyle Clifford and Carey Price. The clear sightline gained in advance by the referee, as the Kings attacked the Montreal goal, should have made it easy to wave off Alec Martinez's first goal of the season and assess a penalty to Clifford for goalkeeper interference!
continued and watch the goal below...
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