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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Jeff Carter is back in practice today in a regular white jersey. He’s skating among a group of four second-line players, with Mike Richards, Dwight King and Brad Richardson. The first line would seem to be a reunion of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Hopefully, Carter will update his status, post-practice. More updates to come…
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan Quick’s uncharacteristic interference penalty in Thursday’s game against San Jose.
SUTTER: “He didn’t play very well, so he was probably a little frustrated with his own performance.”
It didn’t quite end there, though. In the recent past — such as here — Sutter has drawn comparisons with Quick and Miikka Kiprusoff, of whom Sutter speaks with great professional affection. This isn’t to say that Sutter is being dishonest in terms of his feelings about Quick, but is he saying things to try to fire up Quick a bit? Sutter continued, when asked about bad games being few and far between for Quick this season…
SUTTER: “Hey, it’s a big challenge when you play San Jose. San Jose has a goaltender that has won a Stanley Cup. He quietly goes about his business and doesn’t get much credit, just criticism. And we have one that gets a lot of credit.”
Question: Do you think he gets too much credit?
With Phoenix defeating St. Louis tonight, this is how the Pacific Division will shake-out tomorrow.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
– If Phoenix beats Minnesota in regulation, overtime or a shootout — two points — the Coyotes win the division (3rd seed). The winner of the Kings-Sharks game would finish seventh in the Western Conference.
– If Phoenix loses to Minnesota in overtime or a shootout — one point — the Kings would win the division if they beat San Jose in regulation or overtime. The Kings would finish seventh if they beat San Jose in a shootout, and eighth if they lost to San Jose.
– If Phoenix loses to Minnesota in regulation — zero points — the winner of the Kings-San Jose game would win the division. Phoenix would finish seventh and the loser of the Kings-San Jose game would finish eighth.
Uh, no comment.-
Ryane Clowe when asked about him reaching over the boards to touch the puck while the LA Kings were rushing up the ice on a power play.
Watch the video…
added 9:17am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For his part, Clowe – who was massively effective for the Sharks, in picking up the Gordie Howe hat trick, with a goal, an assist and a fight - disavowed any knowledge of what the heck reporters were talking about. That’s exactly what he said too: “I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ll have to see the video or something. Someone show me the video.”
Maybe NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan can oblige Clowe later today. The ball is clearly in his court.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Jeff Carter is “probably unlikely” to play tomorrow night against Edmonton, Darryl Sutter said after practice today. Sutter offered no further update, but Dean Lombardi said Carter is dealing with an ankle injury. At this point, Carter’s status is considered day-to-day, but his status for Saturday’s game at Minnesota is also in doubt. The severity of the injury is still to be determined.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Things remained typically murky in the Western Conference race for the Kings after the Canucks beat them, 1-0, at Rogers Arena on Monday. Vancouver, playing without concussed star Daniel Sedin, needed only a first-period goal by forward Manny Malhotra, who, incidentally, had not scored in 14 games.
On Thursday, the Kings were riding high after grabbing the lead in the Pacific Division and the No. 3 spot in the West. After 60 minutes of tight checking and a late-arriving offensive surge Monday, they slipped out of a playoff spot.
It was the 10th time the Kings have been shut out this season, and it happened to be the fourth shutout of the season for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who made 38 saves. Vancouver has won three straight games since Sedin suffered his concussion against Chicago last week, taking an elbow in the head from Duncan Keith.
The Kings, who have lost two in a row, slipped to ninth place in the West with 86 points, still tied with Colorado but ahead on the tiebreaker and one point in front of Calgary. San Jose has 88 points and Dallas and Phoenix have 87.
from Doug Ward at LAKings.com,
It’s a familiar refrain, as predictable as the changing of a season. Whenever an owner, general manager, or coach takes over a team, the first goal is always the same: Change the culture.
It was no different when Dean Lombardi stepped in as the Kings’ President/General Manager in 2006. Lombardi inherited a Kings team that, after finishing 10th in the Western Conference and missing out on the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, was in dire need of a makeover.
“It requires almost a cultural change, to get your staff thinking a certain way,” Lombardi said, shortly after taking over in Los Angeles. “That’s what we’re working toward.”
Lombardi was determined to create the kind of winning culture he saw in perennially contending teams in hockey-rich cities like Montreal and Philadelphia. Lombardi had worked for the Flyers as a scout before arriving in Los Angeles and had a first-hand understanding of the way a model franchise went about its business. Lombardi committed to instilling that same aura around the Kings, knowing the surest way to be successful is by being successful.
Watch the clock at least to the :30 second mark, don’t worry about the play on the ice.
Then read about it.
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,
To watch the closing seconds of the Los Angeles Kings’ 3-2 win last month over the Columbus Blue Jackets is to see a thrilling sequence of hockey. At the last possible moment, with the score tied, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty snaps the puck past Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford. The goal wins the game. The crowd thunders.
Most regular-season sports highlights are quickly forgotten, no matter how exciting they may be. But the tape of this Feb. 1 incident has become a platform for conspiracy theories. It has prompted the NHL to implement new rules and could become a major source of embarrassment for the league during the playoffs.
Richards cost us the game……… Defense needs to wake up!!
na na na na, na na na na hey hay dean good bye.
Kings lost a HUGE game to team with their “B” players. We were less then 5 minutes away from being in the 7th seed and now we are 10th!!!!
Let’s face it Richards is Way Overrated. He was good for the team in the beginning but he’s fallen off a cliff so much that he’s almost invisible. And with that really stupid play down low it cost the team a win. Good job there Richards you’re the man!
Trade doughty in the offseason and get major offensive talent for him. Change the style of play. Bring in a different kind of coach. Partial rebuild is in order. Otherwise it’s like trying repair a leaky roof with paper
-Los Angeles Kings fans at LA Kings Insider There is much more if you like to read them..
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