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Los Angeles Kings March 2 Update

March 2nd, 2015 at 11:37 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held practice at Rexall Place on Monday. As expected the Kings have not made any other trades besides Andrej Sekera’s last week, and the trade deadline is officially over.

The line rushes were as follows per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Lewis
Purple: King-Carter-Toffoli
Green: Brown-Stoll-Williams
Yellow: Clifford-Andreoff-Shore-Nolan

Defensive pairings were as follows:

Regehr- Doughty
Muzzin-Greene
McNabb- Sekera
McBain

The Kings will hold practice again Tuesday morning before their game against the Edmonton Oilers a little after 6:30 p.m.

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The Los Angeles Kings Fell 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets

March 1st, 2015 at 10:07 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings lost their third consecutive game, 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets Saturday afternoon at MTS Centre.

The Kings came onto the ice looking rather tired and not like the team that had recently finished an eight-game win streak. In the end the Jets were more physical and fought for their two points to earn a playoff spot.

“Yeah, they’re a good team,” Carter said of the Jets’ roster. “They’re where they are for a reason. Big, fast, physical and they play really well at home. It seems like every time we play them, it’s a tough game. You know you’re into one and you know you’re going to get hit and you have to work for everything you get against them.”

The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Jets. Jeff Carter scored a goal at the start of the second period to tie the game, with the assist credited to Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin. After Carter’s goal the Jets scored three goals back to back in the second period.

Jonathan Quick was pulled after surrendering four goals on 21 shots, and Martin Jones stepped in stopping all seven shots he saw in the third period.

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Brayden McNabb: the Kings Unsung Hero

February 28th, 2015 at 6:54 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Defenseman Brayden McNabb was signed to a two year contract over the summer with the Los Angeles Kings, and he has stepped in for the team since the start of the season. The Kings have struggled all season long with injured defenseman and Slava Voynov being suspended indefinitely form the NHL.

McNabb’s first career NHL goal came with the Kings just last night. “I closed my eyes and it went in,” said the defenseman.

“Yeah, it was good to see,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “It was funny – it’s a play that we talk a lot about against Anaheim where there’s pretty much a layer of players in different colored jerseys, and you’ve got to get it through, If you don’t – he had another opportunity in the third period to do that and didn’t.”

McNabb, 23, has appeared in 55 NHL regular season games, with the Kings and Buffalo Sabres. McNabb has recorded one goal and 17 assists so far in his NHL career, a plus-4 rating, and 37 penalty minutes.

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Los Angeles Kings February 28 Update

February 28th, 2015 at 4:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held practice in El Segundo before they boarded their flight to Winnipeg. The Anaheim Ducks, who the Kings lost 4-2 to last night, were also at LAX leaving to Dallas, per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com.

The Kings worked on special teams situations before holding net-front drills. Jonathan Quick left the ice first so expect him to start tomorrow. Since the game is a afternoon game tomorrow, the team will not hold a morning skate in Winnipeg.

Robyn Regehr participated in the teams practice today despite experiencing a scare in yesterday’s game when his left hand got struck by a puck in the third.

“I was looking around for the puck – I was looking around the ice – and I looked down actually, and I saw the puck was wedged in between my arm and the elbow pad,” Regehr said to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times. “It was the first time that’s ever happened to me, so I left it in there until the whistle went, and then I kind of shook it free.” He said the area went numb.

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Los Angeles Kings Fell 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks

February 27th, 2015 at 10:35 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings couldn’t hold an early two goal lead, falling 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday night. The Kings lost their second game in a row after their eight game win streak.

The first goal of the game came at 5:02 in the first period from Trevor Lewis, his eighth of the year, with the assists credited to Robyn Regehr and Matt Greene.

At 10:39 in the second period Brayden McNabb got his first goal as a King, giving them a 2-0 lead. The assists were credited to Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.

In a span of two minutes in the third period, the Ducks tied the game with goals from Ryan Kessler and Emerson Etem. Then at 11:21 in the third, Corey Perry scored a goal to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead; the team’s first lead of the night.

The Kings Regehr injured his left hand halfway through the game, while blocking a shot and returned several minutes later.

The Kings pulled goaltender Martin Jones at the end of the third period, and Perry scored an empty net goal, his second goal of the night, to cap off the Ducks win.

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