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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Dustin Penner from the injured reserve list (upper body injury) and have placed forward Mike Richards on the injured reserve list (upper body injury), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Penner has missed the last nine games due to the injury, which he suffered on November 10 in a game against Vancouver. In 14 games this season he has two points (both assists) and 25 penalty minutes.
Richards suffered his injury last night as part of the Kings’ 2-1 win against Florida at STAPLES Center. He has played in all 25 games this season, his first with the club, and he has 20 points including a team-high 11 goals and a team-high two short-handed goals. He also has 17 penalty minutes.
Richards left the game after this hit from
Sean Bergenheim and according to reports, will be re-evaluated again today.
Willie Mitchell also left the game early with a lower-body injury.
added 8:29am, A longer video of the incident can be watched below…
Jack Johnson with a huge hit on Mike Ribeiro, which actually took Johnson out of the play and allowed Steve Ott to score the OT goal on a 2 on 1.
Ribeiro was able to get up just about the time the goal was scored, but was dazed by the hit.
Drew Doughty received 2 minutes for cross-checking and after the game reports were T.J. Oshie was OK.
Brad Stuart on Anze Kopitar…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
With numerous home practices behind them and an easy travel schedule ahead, Lombardi is ready to cast a critical eye on a team that hasn’t scored consistently. He took the Kings’ solid performance Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh as a sign that his players have hit their stride and that he can now regularly demand high-caliber efforts. However, he didn’t get it Monday in a 4-2 loss at San Jose that extended the team’s winless streak to five.
“It’s a matter of getting our competitiveness and our emotion where it needs to be,” he said. “If we come out and play where we did [Saturday] or give that type of effort, a lot of these other things will fall into place.
“That said, obviously we’re not getting some production from some key sources.”
added 10:38am, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun also discuss the problems in LA,
LeBrun: Certainly, Murray is bearing the brunt of Kings fans on Twitter, that’s for sure. My thought, though, is that GM Dean Lombardi would look to make a trade before making that kind of move. Improvement from within would also help. Franchise defenseman Drew Doughty has struggled since signing his eight-year, $56-million deal, although a shoulder injury didn’t help things.
NEW YORK (November 6, 2011) – Los Angeles Kings’ forward Ethan Moreau has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in NHL Game #193 Saturday night in Los Angeles, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident, which occurred 8:27 into the first period, was reviewed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 41.1 – Boarding, of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.
added 11:17pm, Watch the hit below (thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer)...
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Will a return to the third line get Dustin Penner’s production going? Penner spent the previous two games in a first-line look, with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, and the result was one shot on goal, one minor penalty and a minus-2 rating. So, the Kings will try something different. With first-line winger Simon Gagne expected to return Thursday, Penner will return to the third line, alongside Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson. That’s a role in which Penner seemed to have his best game of the season, last week in Dallas, so Terry Murray will give it another look Thursday. Penner has one point, an assist, in nine games this season.
“I was cleared to practice with the team and cleared to get some contact in practice. I feel really good. I feel ready to play and almost back to normal. Now it’s just kind of in the hands of the training staff and the coaching staff to put me in.’’
-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings. More on if Doughty could play tomorrow from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Although Quick won’t dwell on his numbers, they deserve attention.
He is the first Kings goalie to record three straight shutouts. The last time any NHL goalie had more than three consecutive shutouts was 2003-04, when Brian Boucher recorded five in a row for Phoenix. The NHL record for the longest scoreless sequence by a goalie is 461:29 by Alec Connell of Ottawa in 1927-28, when forward passing wasn’t permitted in attacking zones.
Quick was last beaten on a power-play goal by Matt Carle at 13:29 of the third period at Philadelphia on Oct. 15, a game the Kings won 1:39 into overtime. He stopped 27 shots in a 5-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center, 28 in a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes at Glendale, Ariz., and 28 by the Stars on Saturday at home, working without a cushion until Jack Johnson scored on a 60-foot slap shot at 15:02 of the third period.
The last two goals Quick has given up — to Carle and to Daniel Briere in the first period at Philadelphia — were produced during power plays. Quick has not yielded an even-strength goal since Patrik Elias bested him at 13:03 of the first period at New Jersey on Oct. 13.
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