NHL Rumors: Kings, Maple Leafs, Spengler Cup, Wild, More

NHL Rumors: Kings, Maple Leafs, Spengler Cup, Wild, More

November 14th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is an update on Ilya Kovalchuk's situation, there are notes about the Toronto Maple Leafs search for a goaltender, and did Wayne Gretzky take the job as coach for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup? Finally, are the Minnesota Wild thinking about trading Ryan Donato...
NHL Rumors: Kovalchuk, Gretzky, Puljujarvi, Maple Leafs, More

NHL Rumors: Kovalchuk, Gretzky, Puljujarvi, Maple Leafs, More

November 13th, 2019 In today’s NHL rumor rundown, is Ilya Kovalchuk about to be traded out of Los Angeles? Might Wayne Gretzky be considering a return to coaching? How will the Toronto Maple Leafs insert Zach Hyman into the lineup and is there a betting favorite to take over for Don Cherry on Coach's...

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November 2nd, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

On Halloween's Eve, the Los Angeles Kings hosted its Pacific Division rival in the Vancouver Canucks. The game featured many successful and failed power plays, milestones reached and hundreds of fans in costumes. Most importantly, the same issues the team has been dealing with all season are still lingering. Here are a few takeaways from the contest. Kings' Penalty Kill Woes Continue For the first time this season, the Kings (4-9-1) allowed four power play goals that ultimately led to a 5-3 loss against the Canucks (8-3-1). Vancouver had six opportunities overall, four of which came in the final 7:42 of the opening period. Adding Kyle Clifford’s major for fighting with Micheal Ferland, the Kings drew 13 penalty minutes in the first period alone. Luckily for the Kings, they only had a one-goal deficit at the end of the first 20 minutes — but the flawed penalty kill set the tone for the rest of the game. “Taking penalties, and a lot of them were stick...
November 1st, 2019
Kings Goaltending

Halloween was a light night of NHL action and, quite frankly, the goalies got shelled. So instead, we'll take a look at one of the most significant developments in the history of goaltending: the debut of the mask. Plante Wears First Mask When we think about NHL goaltenders, we think about masks. In 2019, masks are an extension of a goaltender's psyche. Somewhere between war paint and artistic expression, masks capture a goalie's personality every bit as much as they protect his face and head. So it's hard to believe that 60 years ago this morning, no goalie had ever worn one in the NHL. Jacques Plante is responsible for the debut of the goalie mask. Here, he takes the first one off, displaying the cut that made it a necessity. Early in a game against the New York Rangers on this date sixty years ago, Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante took a puck to his uncovered face. He left the ice bleeding and came back wearing a mask he had made a habit of wearing in practice....
October 31st, 2019
Vancouver Canucks

LOS ANGELES — Brock Boeser had a hat trick and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 on Wednesday night. Elias Pettersson had a goal and three assists, and the Canucks improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 games. Bo Horvat added a power...
October 27th, 2019
Los Angeles Kings

CHICAGO — Dylan Strome had two goals and assisted on linemate Alex DeBrincat's score to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Sunday night to end a four-game skid. DeBrincat set up both of Strome's goals as the two former junior hockey teammates clicked again and sparked Chicago's attack. David Kampf and Drake Caggiula also scored to help the Blackhawks bounce back after they were shut out in Carolina on Saturday and managed just two goals in their previous three games. Robin Lehner made 38 saves and lost a bid for his first shutout with Chicago when Sean Walker scored early in the third period. Jack Campbell blocked 21 shots as Los Angeles lost its third straight and second in two nights, after falling 5-1 at Minnesota on Saturday. Kings goalie Jack Campbell (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the second time in his career. Rookie Dennis Gilbert took the spot of the 15-year-veteran,...