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Quick Injury Masks Kings' Bigger Issue

Quick Injury Masks Kings' Bigger Issue

October 13th, 2018 A collective sense of despair fell harshly upon Southern California on Saturday afternoon, as superstar goalie Jonathan Quick sustained a lower body injury in practice. Quick will be sidelined indefinitely, with no set timetable for his return. The 12-year veteran is coming off a...
LA Kings Need Strong Start for Stevens' Sake

LA Kings Need Strong Start for Stevens' Sake

October 6th, 2018 John Stevens is entering the second full season of his second stint as the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. For all intents and purposes, the 52-year-old has done a commendable job ever since taking over from legendary predecessor Darryl Sutter at the start of the 2017-18 season. Despite...

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September 1st, 2018
Kings History

The late sixties were an eventful period to say the least. Peace rallies opposing the continued American military presence in Vietnam were growing like wildfire, the Beatles maintained their dominance of the music charts with the release of their "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band" album, and the summer months were dubbed the "summer of love" for more reasons than one. In the world of sports, the NFL's first-ever Super Bowl saw Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers handily defeat Hank Stram's Kansas City Chiefs, while charismatic boxer Muhammad Ali was unjustly stripped of his World Heavyweight Champion titles for his refusal to serve his country in the aforementioned war in Vietnam. On the ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in six games to take home the franchise's 13th Stanley Cup. Much to the chagrin of Leafs fans, they are still waiting for No. 14 to be paraded up and down Yonge Street. Elsewhere in the NHL, the league doubled in size by welcoming...
August 3rd, 2018
Kings Transactions

It's been more than a year since the Los Angeles Kings made a pair of perplexing transactions involving goaltender Ben Bishop — first acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak, and a couple of picks, then dealing him to the Dallas Stars for a fourth-round pick — all within 72 days. They're a pair of trades that still confound even a season removed. However, in order to completely understand the trades, the context in which they took place, and the impacts they had on the Kings and others, we need to do a little time travel back to the beginning of the 2016-17 NHL season and visit both coasts. Lightning's Goaltending Situation Our first stop is sunny Tampa, where Ben Bishop was coming off the best season of his then seven-year NHL career. He made 61 starts, posting a 35-21-4 record with a sparkling .926 save percentage (SV%) and a tiny 2.06 goals-against average (GAA). He was nominated for a Vezina Trophy and was a key member in the Lightning's...
July 23rd, 2018
St Louis Blues

In March of 1965, a formal process began headed by then NHL President Clarence Campbell so that the league would expand its operation to include a second division of six teams. Gone would be the days of the so-called "Original Six" franchises. Joining them would be a half-dozen new teams that would see the NHL reach further into the United States, including both the mid-west and west coast. Numerous cities sought to be a landing spot for one of these six new teams, including places that were initially passed over by the NHL such as Cleveland, Buffalo, Vancouver, Louisville and Baltimore. Some of these same cities would eventually house NHL franchises as the league continued to experience growth and stability. However, it would be early in 1966 that the league determined the six new acceptable cities which would be awarded an NHL team. These "Second Six" of the NHL were comprised of the Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia...
July 7th, 2018
Kings History

  If you are explaining, you are losing— J.C. Watts If true, the L.A. Kings have done one hell of a lot of 'splainin' over their 45-year history. However, thanks to the heroics of Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and company, they now finally have a Cup. Therefore, the correct and proper rejoinder when confronted with the "loser" tag is a highly popular (especially in New York) two-word directive, unprintable on these pages. Furthermore, regardless of the amount of hardware on the mantle, even the most cynical hockey fan cannot deny that a host of great players have donned the crown over the years. In fact, the greatest nearly won a Cup during his eight-year run with the team. Some of the names on this list are currently locked out, others lock up their wheelchairs at night, but all had stellar careers as Los Angeles Kings. Thus, the following is a list of the all-time top ten greatest Kings players, with a quick profile of each: #10: Dustin...

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10 Greatest LA Kings of All Time

  If you are explaining, you are losing— J.C. Watts If true, the L.A. Kings have done one hell of a lot of 'splainin' over their 45-year history. However, thanks to the heroics of Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and company, they now finally have a Cup. Therefore, the... July 7th, 2018

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

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