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Los Angeles Kings March 29 Update

March 29th, 2015 at 3:24 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held practice Sunday at Johnny’s IceHouse in Chicago. All players participated including Tanner Pearson (injured reserve).

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

Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams
King-Carter-Toffoli
Brown-Shore-Lewis
Clifford-Richards-Nolan
Andreoff
Pearson

Per Rosen, the team held several line- type rushes and several players remained on the ice for additional skill development. In addition, defensemen skated through similar drills.

The Kings take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, 5:30 p.m on Monday.

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Los Angeles Kings Fell 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild

March 29th, 2015 at 12:48 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings three game win streak was broken after a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center Saturday.

With the loss, the Kings still have a playoff spot. With 88 points, the Kings lead the Calgary Flames by a single point for the Pacific Division’s third and final playoff spot.

The Wild took an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Jonathan Quick was in net for the Kings and after the two goals, coach Darryl Sutter pulled Quick and Martin Jones stepped in the net for the team. Jones hadn’t appeared in a game since March 1st, and the change in goaltenders was to send a message to the team, not because of goaltending.

At 3:20 in the second period, Dwight King scored a goal off a beautiful pass from Jeff Carter. The assists were credited to Carter and Tyler Toffoli. The Kings had a two-man advantage towards the end of the second but were unable to even the score.

In the third period the Wild scored a power play goal followed by an empty-netter to take the 4-1 win.

Los Angeles- Minnesota

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Los Angeles Kings March 28 Update

March 28th, 2015 at 12:39 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held their morning skate at Xcel Energy Center Saturday in preparation for their game tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Here are the line rushes from this morning via Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com; Expect the same lines as Thursday:

Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams
King-Carter-Toffoli
Brown-Shore-Lewis
Clifford-Richards-Nolan
Pearson-Andreoff

Muzzin-Doughty
Regehr-Sekera
Martinez-Greene
McNabb-McBain

Jonathan Quick left the ice first so expect him to start tonight. The team held meetings after practice.

Tonight’s game will mark the fourth game in the Kings five-game road trip. So far they have been 3-0-0.

Here’s what Darryl Sutter told reporters about whether the team was doing anything different on this trip. “Nothing. We’ve played the same way. Score [on] one more chance a game, bear down on it. We’ve still got a lot of guys who haven’t scored a goal since Jesus was a baby, so we’re probably not doing anything different.”

Of course for every team in the league its crunch time and standings are on everyone’s mind, Sutter’s too.

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Los Angeles Kings Get a 3-2 Victory Over the New York Islanders

March 26th, 2015 at 7:38 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings gained their third victory in a row, with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. The Kings are 3-0-0 on this five-game road trip so far.

With the win The Kings record now, 37-23-14, moved ahead of the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division.

The Islanders struck first at 5:31 in the second period with a goal from Frans Nielsen.

Then at 10:37 Nick Shore tied the game 1-1. The assists were credited to Dustin Brown and Alec Martinez.

It was Shore's first career NHL goal. "It’s exciting obviously. Brownie helped me out there, just put it off my foot. A lot of credit goes to him there." Shore told reporters after the game.

"It feels good anytime you score a goal or anything like that. But most importantly, we came out with a 3-2 win and I think where we’re at right now, we’re looking to get two points every time we go out. We were happy with that tonight."

Two minutes into the third period Tyler Toffoli scored a short-handed goal to put the Kings in the lead. The assists on his goal were credited to Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin.

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Los Angeles Kings March 26 Update

March 26th, 2015 at 1:46 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings held their morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, in preparation for their game tonight against the New York Islanders.

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

Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams
King-Carter-Toffoli
Brown-Shore-Andreoff-Lewis
Clifford-Pearson-Richards-Nolan

Muzzin-Doughty
Regehr-Sekera
Martinez-Greene
McNabb-McBain

Per Rosen, Jonathan Quick left the ice first so expect him to start in net tonight.

Brayden McNabb, Jamie McBain, Andy Andreoff and Tanner Pearson remained on the ice for extra work with Martin Jones. Pearson remains on the injured reserve and won’t play during this road trip.

To end, here is what head coach Darryl Sutter had to say about coaching his final regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum to Rosen.

“Well, maybe not. It’s a great old building. Actually I don’t have great memories here because of those guys, that team there. But it was always good for me coming here obviously because either one or two of my brothers were here, so it wasn’t necessarily the game, it was being able to come here. I probably learned a lot as a young player watching this team. And it’s always good, quite honest, the respect that I have for Bill Torrey and Al Arbour, being able to see Mr. Torrey. I went out for dinner with him in Florida a couple weeks ago, so that’s special.”

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