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from The Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,
Randy Harvey, the Sports editor, has decided to bring back the NHL standings and game summaries to a position of prominence (like the NBA standings) beginning Dec. 1—now that we have a little more space with college football winding down.
a little more hockey talk..
The Washington Capitals are taking on the LA Kings Thursday night in LA and the Kings are having a Russian Heritage Night to celebrate.
Heidi Androl catches up with Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov as they prepare to face the Kings on Russian Heritage night!
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
I’ve only seen the Los Angeles Kings play a couple of games this season, but I’ve already penciled in the name Drew Doughty next to Calder Trophy on my virtual NHL awards ballot.
This 18-year-old man-child is the real deal. On a young Kings lineup, Doughty plays the seasoned vet. He logs the second most minutes on the team, quarterbacks the power play and is the steadiest defenseman on the Kings in 5-on-5 situations.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”
Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.
“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.
more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…
from Frozen Royalty,
...in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.
In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans…
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:
I was looking forward to working Thursday night’s game between the Stars and the Kings for one reason—and no, it wasn’t to see how the stunningly out-of-sorts Marty Turco would shoot himself in the foot this time. Thursday was my first chance to catch the early leader for the Calder Trophy: Los Angeles defender Drew Doughty, in person. And brother, the 18-year-old did not disappoint.
read on for talk about Doughty and teammate Oscar Moller
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
It’s one step forward and two steps back for the Stars, who ended their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and might lose their captain for the next game.
Sticking up for teammate Mike Ribeiro, who was knocked into the boards by Kings forward Dustin Brown, Morrow started a fight with Brown and received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game….
Ribeiro was in a shooting position when Brown hit him, and Ribeiro flew into the boards and hit his head. He received stitches over his left eye, but did return to the game and made an incredible goal to help extend the shootout.
read on and watch a video of the Brown hit below…
added 10:53am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Brenden Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.
Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Quincey was placed on waivers, the first step for the Detroit Red Wings to send him to the minor leagues. The Kings immediately snagged him Oct. 13 and then stuck him into the lineup, all the while looking for holes in his game.
“Any time you get a player off waiver wire, you spend the first week or so looking for areas in his game that said, ‘Yeah I understand what the other team was doing in wanting to send him down and get some seasoning,’ ” Murray said. “The biggest surprise is we haven’t found that after a couple weeks.”
Quincey has played 10 games for the Kings. He already has one goal, five assists, is plus-five and averaging 23 minutes of ice time while being paired with Matt Greene.
more about Quincey and the Kings…
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
No matter how harsh the emails or nasty the message boards become, Tom Feuer likes the Rinkside View.
Feuer, executive producer for FSN, has been the target of a majority of angry hockey fans who don’t care for the network’s unorthodox broadcasts of selected Ducks and Kings games this season.
Yet after meeting with representatives from both teams and reviewing the ratings for the games, Feuer has not been dissuaded from continuing the “Rinkside” telecasts.
He said the ratings for the games have been up despite continued negative feedback.
I watched the first Rinkside View broadcast and thought it was ok, but when switching from the camera view behind the net to the side view, it was a bit confusing at times…
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.
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