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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Kings, who lost only four of 20 games as they soared to their first-ever NHL championship last spring, have yet to take off this season as they prepare for the Edmonton Oilers’ top wings, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rexall Place.
With a third of the NHL’s 48-game lockout season fast approaching, the Kings are going nowhere fast. They’re a pedestrian 5-6-2, which puts them 14th in the Western Conference. There’s been some mechanical failures that need fixing — they are 22nd on the power play, 17th on the penalty kill, only 21 even-strength goals, way too many players with zero or no goals.
Los Angeles has scored only 30 goals, the fewest in the league, which puts all the heat on the two Masked Jonathans — Quick and Bernier — in the net. Quick, the playoff MVP and Vezina Trophy runner-up, is still fast post-to-post, but not as all-world as last season, when he had a .895 save percentage and 2.74 goals-against average. Bernier has been better (a 2.08 GGA, but only an .893 save percentage).
If general manager Dean Lombardi is going to get another defenceman with Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell out with injuries long term, he may have to give up his back-up goalie, but Bernier will have to play more for teams to get a real book on him.
Dr. Jerry Buss passed away today at the age of 80 due to complications with cancer.
from the LA Kings website,
Dr. Jerry Buss Reflects on His Days with the Purple and Gold
The following interview ran in the Kings Yearbook during the 2003-04 season
Q: What are some of your greatest memories of when you owned the Kings?
A: When we had the Triple Crown Line, that was exceptionally exciting. That year we ended the season with the second best record overall and watching Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer and Marcel Dionne was one of the biggest thrills I had that whole year. The Miracle on Manchester was probably one of the things that people remember the most about the team that season. Of course some of the memorable moments were also sad. One of the things I remember was when Charlie Simmer broke his leg. It was really tough. However, watching Marcel end up as one of the top scorers in the league was always fun. Even though I was no longer the owner of the team when Wayne Gretzky came to Los Angeles, I was very ecstatic.
Q: In 1979 you made the decision to buy the Lakers and the Kings. What prompted that decision?
added 2/12/13, A better quality video has replaced the original video.
I am sure a better quality video will come out, but right now this is all we have.
Joe Buck called some of the Blues game tonight and while he was behind the mic, the Kings scored a goal around the 2:11 mark.
While we are on the Blues topic, Jaroslav Halak was scheduled to start tonight, participated in pre-game but was not in the net to start the game.
It's possible his groin injury could be the issue.
Drew Doughty on Pavel Datsyuk this afternoon.
Time to think warm thoughts, how about an exclusive look at the 2013 LA Kings Ice Crew Calendar Shoot?
Bob Miller says it best... "You can tie a guy up you don't have to run him through the boards."
I've always said you can take the guy out of the play but there is no need to try and take him out of the game too.
via Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog,
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that the NHL take a long look at a hit by the Kings’Jarret Stoll on Cam Fowler that knocked the defenseman out of the club’s 7-4 win and left him with an upper-body injury.
Fowler had to be assisted off the ice during the second period and did not return. Stoll drilled him headfirst into the boards and was not penalized.
The severity of the injury is not known but Fowler is expected to be re-evaluated on Sunday.
“He obviously is not feeling very well right now,” Boudreau said. “We haven’t determined exactly what it is. If you saw the replay, Stoll hit him pretty good from behind. And I can understand why the refs didn’t call it. One was getting taken out. There’s another fight going on.
“But surely, you know, I saw the numbers when Stoll hit him. It was right from behind. They have to have to look at that. He might be OK tomorrow or he might be out for a while.”
To watch the hit below, scroll to the 1:55 mark of the video...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
(Willie) Mitchell is on the mend and hopefully should be back fairly soon, although it’s not entirely clear when. And even when he does return, you have to assume he’ll need time before he's his normal self.
And (Matt) Greene is out long term, leaving the Kings scouring the trade market looking for blue-line help. I believe Kings GM Dean Lombardi might be willing to do what he wasn’t a month ago: move young netminder Jonathan Bernier if it means getting a top-four blueliner in return.
Easier said than done. Every team in the league seems to be looking for ways to add defense, not shed some. And the Kings are really high on Bernier; they view him as a franchise goalie in the making, so they’re not moving him unless they get what they want.
All of which makes things intriguing with word that Toronto came calling over the past month kicking the tires on Bernier. Could Toronto offer up the defenseman the Kings need? Hard to say. But the Leafs are one of the few teams in the league with real depth on defense, nine NHL blueliners at the ready right now.
more plus some Edmonton talk and a look at Raphael Diaz too...
“Gotta be a record for non five-on-five play. It's gotta be a record. They [the fans] bombed the ice with stuff. It was awesome because they're all [hacked] off. ... I'm sure the league thinks it was a great-officiated game.”
-LA Kings coach Darryl Sutter after losing to the Oilers in Edmonton last night. More on the game from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
If you went to bed early of missed the game, here is how the latst ninute or so of regulation played out plus OT.
Edmonton thinks they have tied the game at 1 with about 66 ticks left on the clock....
Then Nail Yakupov did tie the game with 4.7 seconds left...
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