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Drew Doughty, Forever a King?

Drew Doughty, Forever a King?

April 21st, 2018 “I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King." Those exact words were uttered from Drew Doughty's mouth in a recent interview with NHL.com following his team's early 2018 NHL playoff exit. The encoded message was distributed through various mainstream and social media...
Sweeps Signal Changes for Kings & Ducks

Sweeps Signal Changes for Kings & Ducks

April 20th, 2018 Among all of the disappointments through the first round of the NHL playoffs, the spotlight is shining brightly on Southern California. With the Anaheim Ducks bowing out to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, two of the heaviest teams in the playoffs made swift and speedy exits. The L.A....

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April 9th, 2018
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The Los Angeles Kings built a legacy that did not start until professional ice hockey had been around for over six decades.  Many people who follow their respective hockey teams may be able to cite starting rosters, prospects, team history, and recent play; however, how many people can cite when and where the birth of professional hockey took place?  Perhaps a few.  For those who cannot, professional hockey began in 1903-04, where the Portage Lake Hockey Club became the first organization to pay all of its players.  Below, see the construction of the famous Amphidrome, where the first professional ice hockey team would eventually play. According to cchockeyhistory.org, the iconic arena could pack in over 1,000 screaming fans; however, this is not an article about the Amphidrome; this is an article about the history of the Los Angeles Kings.  Yet, very little could be said of the Kings' history without paying credence to the birth of professional hockey because the Portage...
April 7th, 2018
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When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history in 2012, the acquisition of Jeff Carter just before the trade deadline was one of the main reasons why. He jump-started a struggling offense and gave the Kings depth down the middle that they had been sorely lacking. This season, Carter missed 55 games due to a deep cut in a tendon in his ankle. Can his return from injury have a similar effect on the Kings going into the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs? The Jeff Carter Effect It may just be a coincidence - the Kings acquired Carter from Columbus on Feb. 23rd, 2012 and Carter returned from his injury this season on Feb. 24. What isn't a coincidence is the way the Kings play with Carter in the lineup. In 2012, the Kings went from scoring 2.11 goals per game to 3.09 goals per game after the trade. Similarly, while they weren't quite as inept offensively without Carter (2.78 goals per game in the 55 games he missed), they have once again jumped up over...
April 6th, 2018
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The Los Angeles Kings are officially back in the NHL playoffs. On Wednesday night, the club clinched a spot in the spring tournament after the Chicago Blackhawks did them a solid by upsetting the St. Louis Blues. The Kings continue to jockey for position in the Western Conference and, after a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild in the team's penultimate game of the regular season, currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division. Should the playoffs begin today, they would square off with bitter rivals, the San Jose Sharks. Regardless of what transpires in the playoffs, the Kings can take solace in the fact that they have played their best hockey of the season over the past two (plus) months. The team was ostensibly stuck in the mud until the all-star break, but have managed to propel themselves with the help of trade deadline maneuvers as well as the return and seamless re-integration of star forward, Jeff Carter. With that in mind, it is time to hand...
March 30th, 2018
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The Los Angeles Kings are going into their pivotal Good Friday match-up against their bitter rivals, the Anaheim Ducks, on a major high. On Thursday night, the team was galvanized by the Jeff Carter effect, as the star center netted a hat-trick in a colossal 4-2 victory over the lowly Arizona Coyotes. The good times did not end there for Kings fans. Earlier in the day, the team bolstered an already strong defensive unit with by signing the undrafted free agent, Daniel Brickley. Terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed. The Kings' social team confirmed the signing as well as a press conference scheduled for Friday in Salt Lake City, in the following tweet: https://twitter.com/LAKings/status/979427366270263296 Getting to Know Daniel Brickley Brickley had been regarded as the top player available in college free agency. As per Elliotte Friedman's most recent "31 Thoughts" segment, the defender had narrowed his list of desired destinations earlier in the week to a few teams,...

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Top 3 All-Time Kings Goalies

It has been a season of celebration across the National Hockey League. The league has celebrated 100 years of existence with several Centennial Celebrations at various points of the 2016-17 season. Events like the NHL Centennial Classic, an outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto... March 26th, 2018

Remembering the Los Angeles Kings' Triple Crown Line

This post was originally written in November 2012. Growing up in the 1970's as a hockey fan in Los Angeles, I was intimately familiar with three things very few Angelenos had even a remote grasp upon: 1) Los Angeles had an NHL hockey team, 2) said hockey team was named the Kings, and 3) the... August 7th, 2017

10 Greatest LA Kings of All Time

On this day, March 5, 1977, the Los Angeles Kings' Marcel Dionne scored a goal to become the first player in franchise history to reach 100 points in a season. Dionne also becomes the first player in NHL history to score 100 points with two teams. Exactly eight years later, Dionne has an assist... March 5th, 2017

Miracle on Manchester, Still Greatest NHL Playoff Upset of All Time

While digesting the Montreal Canadiens absolutely shocking upset of the first place, Presidents Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs last night, I thought to myself *What is the greatest upset of all time?* A few noteworthy upsets immediately came to mind... April 29th, 2010