March 10th, 2014 at 1:09 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan
Since returning from the Olympic break the Los Angeles Kings are the hottest team in the NHL winning six straight, and as they conquered Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Sunday at Rexall Place they recorded a season high seven straight wins.
The Oilers played a tough game and brought out their best efforts, but the King brought all the goals as they played against goaltender Ben Scrivens for the first time since he was traded to the Oilers from the Kings on January 15.
Scrivens made an impressive 46 saves, being the second star of the game, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves. Quick has 170 career wins after Monday, which puts him one win behind Rogie Vachon’s club record of 171 wins in a Kings uniform.
The Kings outshot the Oilers 50-27, won 30 vs 28 faceoffs, blocked 17 vs 14 shots, and took advantage of one of two power plays as the Oilers took advantage of zero out of three. The Kings have now recorded a goal during a man advantage in four straight games.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 9th, 2014 at 5:42 AM
By Sports Media 101
The NHL regular season is at around the halfway stage, having started back in October and being due to end around the middle of April, so there is still a long way to go. That said, those who haven’t placed their bets on the winners can get a better idea of which teams are worth considering now, as some sides are clearly excelling – most of them being amongst the hot favourites pre-season. Certainly the Blackhawks, Bruins and Penguins were all amongst the teams bookmakers rated major contenders for Conference success and Stanley Cup glory, and all look like they could live up to this.
In the case of the Blackhawks, they have basically picked up where they left off at the end of their triumphant 2012/13 season, which saw them win the Western Conference and the Championship. They currently lead the Central Division and are favourites to win another Western Conference at 18/5. When it comes to the Stanley Cup though, they are just behind the Penguins in the odds – with the latter rated 6/1 to the Blackhawks 7/1. The Penguins have been imperious in the Metropolitan Division, and a lot of bettors may fancy them to win the Stanley Cup this year, but if you are unsure it is probably wiser to wait and see. You can always spin Break Away at a casino online while you do so.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 6th, 2014 at 11:33 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan
With Marian Gaborik making his debut as a Los Angeles King, the team was seamlessly in sync and gained a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
Although Gaborik didn’t score any goals he recorded three shots in 20 shifts.
The Kings dominated in shots 41-18, took advantage of one out of four power plays, and only had one penalty (Drew Doughty cross checking).
The first period was scoreless, but the second started off with a goal from the Jets, that the Kings answered to right away as Dustin Brown tipped in a shot from Jarret Stoll and Slava Voynov.
Mike Richards put the Kings in a 2-1 lead with a unassisted slapshot goal.
In the third period, Alec Martinez, with a unassisted power play goal gave the Kings a secure win.
With 17 saves tonight, Jonathan Quick has officially gained at least one win over all current NHL teams.
This marks the Kings sixth straight win for the second time season and they now have 36-22-6 record. With 78 points they sit third in the Pacific Division sixth in the Western Conference, and eighth in the League. The Kings are 11 points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes in the Pacific Division, for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 11:35 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan
Marian Gaborik, who has four 30-goal seasons and three 40-goal seasons, has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings, at a time where the Kings need their offense to improve most, as they average roughly two goals per game.
Gaborik, 32, was traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets for Kings forward Matt Frattin and a conditional second and third round draft pick.
Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com reported that, “It is expected that Columbus will retain a significant portion of Gaborik’s salary, as the move will put the Kings close to the salary cap.”
Gaborik, missed 22 games earlier this season due to a broken collarbone. In the 22 games this season he recorded 14 points (6G-8A). In 791 NHL career games he recorded, 688 points (342G-346A), plus-89 rating, 91 power play goals, 63 game winning goals, and 410 penalty minutes.
Since being acquired with Ben Scrivens form the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer, Frattin has played 40 games, recording six points, (2G-4A), one power play goal, a minus-6 rating, and 11 penalty minutes.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 11:40 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan
Jonathan Quick had another show stopping performance in his first win against the Montreal Canadiens, as the Los Angeles Kings won 2-1 on home ice Monday.
Quick stopped 17 out of Montreal’s 18 shots, and Montreal, who is number one in the league with 18.8 shots blocked per game, only stopped 16 of the Kings.
The Kings out-shot them 22-18, took advantage of one of four power plays, and dominated in takeaways. The Canadiens however, dominated in hits, face-off wins and blocked shots.
Jake Muzzin put the Kings on the board in the first period assisted by Tyler Toffoli and Justin Williams. The Canadiens fired back with one of their own. The second period was scoreless. During a Kings power play, Alec Martinez passed the puck to Kopitar form the right corner, Kopitar backhanded it to Jeff Carter, and Carter fired the puck straight into the net, giving the Kings the 2-1 lead.
Jarret Stoll played his 700th career NHL game. He recorded one shot and four hits in 13:44 of ice time.
The Kings have now won five straight games and now have a record of 35-22-6, putting them at 76 points. They are third place in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference, and eighth in the League.Read more... Join the Conversation...