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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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Los Angeles Kings Jarret Stoll and Tanner Pearson Update

March 26th, 2015 at 12:17 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

As first reported by Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com, Jarret Stoll has resumed skating for the second consecutive day in his attempt to return form an upper-body injury. Stoll's injury occurred in a hit during the third period from Derek Dorsett in the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 win in Vancouver on March 12.

There is no further update on his skating regimen or a timetable for his potential return. He did not travel with the team in their five-game road trip.

In 67 games this season, Stoll has 15 points and a plus-four rating.

Tanner Pearson on the other hand who has traveled with the team, practiced at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

Pearson has been working his way back from a fractured lower left fibula, which happened in a collision to the boards following a hit from the Winnipeg Jets Jay Harrison on January 10.

“I think we’re getting pretty close,” Pearson said to Rosen. “I don’t see anything happening this road trip, for sure. I think I still need another X-ray to see where I’m at. But hopefully when we get back, things show good signs and we’ll go from there.”

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Los Angeles Kings Get a 4-2 Victory Over the New York Rangers

March 24th, 2015 at 7:15 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings had a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at the Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. The Kings won back-to-back games to stay in the race for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Western Conference.

They are tied with the Calgary Flames for the third place in the Pacific Division, each having 86 points through 73 games. The Flames however have an advantage because they have two more wins in regulation versus the Kings.

The Kings are two points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. The Kings and Flames are two points behind the Vancouver Canucks for second in the Pacific Division.

The last time the Kings were in Madison Square Garden was the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. This was the second and final meeting between the two teams of the regular season. The first meeting was on January 8 at the STAPLES Center where the Kings fell 4-3.

Mats Zuccarello scored 51 seconds into the game giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Then at 10:38 in the first period Robyn Regehr tied the game with the assist credited to Kyle Clifford.

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