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Early Morning Line- Mark Whicker On The Vegas Golden Knights

The Knights can make you question your execution and effort, basically because their effort stops your execution.

With four roughly equal lines, they simply move their feet into any puck-carrier’s space, and all five of them play the game on a string, never leaving big gaps between forwards and defensemen. Once you get past one guy, there’s a companion  who’s trying to poke away the puck, concentrating on finesse and speed rather than big, showy hits. As they say in Vegas, there’s always another Knight.

Vegas has not lost a game in regulation since Dec. 1. It is 5-0 against the Kings and Ducks. In this particular spree, the Knights have beaten Nashville, Dallas, the Kings and the Ducks on the road and Tampa Bay, Washington and Pittsburgh in T-Mobile Arena. In the six-game winning streak they have surrendered only nine goals.

-Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News after the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the LA Kings 3-2 in OT.  Whicker has more on the game.

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Evening Line- Drew Doughty

“Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us. There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day.

“We’re just going out there trying to win every single hockey game we can.”

-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings.  Robert Morales of the LA Daily News has more on the Kings.

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Guy Boucher Doesn’t Like The Hook On OT Goal By The Los Angeles Kings

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The frustration continued for the Senators as Drew Doughty scored the winner to extend Ottawa’s losing streak to three straight games with a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night at the Staples Center.

Only moments after Ryan Dzingel tied it up with 8.5 seconds left to send it to OT and at least book the club a point, Doughty fired it home 31 seconds into the three-on-three....

Coach Guy Boucher felt Dzingel was hooked by Anze Kopitar and was upset at the officials after the game.

“It was a hook (Dzingel) on the winning goal. It happens. I don’t want to look at referees or anything reason for us winning or losing,” said Boucher. “I’d rather look at what we’ve done 5-on-5 during the game and that’s what most important for me.”


Game highlights are below, if you want to see the possible hook from Kopitar, scroll to the 7:50 mark.

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Video- 400 Goals For Marian Gaborik

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“I’m very proud of it,” Gaborik said of his 400 goals. “Congrats to Kopi for his 500th assist. It’s kind of ironic he gets it on my 400th goal and it’s against my former team as well.”

more on the Kings 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

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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.

more on both plus Hellebuyck, Larkin and Dustin Brown too...

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, claude+giroux

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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added 7:36pm, LA press release is below...

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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.



added 8:12am, Corey Perry and Jonathan Quick tussle below...

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