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Kevin Westgarth and the Road Less Traveled

Kevin Westgarth and the Road Less Traveled

December 26th, 2017 This past April, Kevin Westgarth stood in the visitor's locker room at the Prudential Center grinning ear-to-ear. The former Los Angeles King had just wrapped up a charity ice hockey game with several former NHL players. In the game he did something he had only done seven times during his NHL...
Brown Set to Make Kings History

Brown Set to Make Kings History

December 20th, 2017 We're two-and-a-half months into the 2017-18 NHL season and things really couldn't have gone much better for John Stevens' Los Angeles Kings so far. They're enjoying a nice bounce-back campaign after missing the playoffs under Darryl Sutter a season ago and are once again getting solid...

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October 20th, 2017
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At the end of last season, Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown was written off by many as being past his prime. He's too old, he's not scoring anymore, and he's certainly not worth the $5.875 million he'll be receiving every year until he becomes a free agent following the 2021-22 season, critics said. A quick look at his statistics reveals that these concerns have been warranted. Brown hasn't reached the 20-goal mark or the 50-point plateau since the 2011-12 season, and has, in recent years, largely failed to live up to the expectations that come with being one of Los Angeles' highest-paid players. It appears as if the Kings felt the same way about the soon-to-be 33-year-old forward this summer, as they did not protect Brown in June's expansion draft. Surely, the organization was hoping that the Vegas Golden Knights would take Brown off of their hands, but Knights' general manager George McPhee had other ideas and selected defensemen Brayden McNabb, leaving many fans in...
October 19th, 2017
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For a player with a resume that reads like the one Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty has put together, it would seem hard to believe he still might have more to give. However, with longtime head coach Darryl Sutter no longer in the mix and the possibility of the Kings playing a bit more of an offensive style, no one should be surprised if the London, Ontario native ends up delivering the best season of his career in 2017-18. Now in his tenth year as an NHL player, there is little Doughty has yet to accomplish. From a team standpoint, he has won everything there is to win. A pair of Stanley Cups, two Olympic Gold Medals, a World Cup championship and he even has a World Junior Gold to boot. Not too shabby a run for a kid who was selected second overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the team he grew up cheering for. Not Much Doughty Hasn't Done Long considered to be among the league’s best all-around blueliners, the two-time 50-point man already has a Norris Trophy on...
October 18th, 2017
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Fans of the Los Angeles Kings are being treated to tremendous hockey right now. After missing the playoffs twice in the last three seasons and being bounced in five games in the first round of the 2016 NHL postseason, it finally looks like the team is putting it back together and returning to Stanley Cup contention. Though it's still very early in the season, the Kings are off to a historic start with a franchise-best 4-0-1 record to start the year. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what's going right for the Kings to propel them to such a hot start because everything seems to be clicking for the team. The offense is producing with 16 goals through five games - good for an average of 3.2 goals per game with eight different players finding the back of the net. In contrast, they've only allowed nine goals on the year, good for 1.8 goals against per game, with goaltender Jonathan Quick posting a stellar 1.74 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his first four games. Dustin...
October 9th, 2017
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This article was originally published in April, 2014. The night is Dan Cloutier just before the Jonathan Quick. The Los Angeles Kings—for far too long before the ascension of their new career wins record holder—have had the wool pulled over their eyes by false goaltending idols like Cloutier, Stephane Fiset, and Roman Cechmanek. But those kings of letdown mark just the edge of LA's netminding black hole. Look into the abyss! You might recognize these Hollywood cliches: Fading stars—future Hall of Famers no less—seek to shine again. Young princes are told the sun revolves around them. These are the most disappointing goalies in the history of Kings goaltending. Kings Goaltending: Grant Fuhr Acquired: Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Philippe Boucher and Denis Tsygurov for Alexei Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy, and Los Angeles's 5th round choice (Marian Menhart) in 1995 Entry Draft, February 14, 1995 Seasons in LA: 1994-95 LA fans were mystified. Why...

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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... December 15th, 2017

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