Posted on 29 Jun 2011 by Eric Cooney.
As we take a look at the Los Angeles Kings Summer Playbook it appears GM Dean Lombardi is already a few pages deep. A surprising flurry of activity cropped up several days before the draft that already drastically altered the makeup of the Kings. First, Ryan Smyth unexpectedly requested a trade back to Edmonton. While that was going on, Lombardi made a monster swap with Philadelphia, trad...
Posted on 30 Mar 2011 by Eric Cooney.
The Kings passed their first test without Kopi at the helm, beating the Oilers 2-0 on Tuesday night. Granted, the Oilers aren't the toughest test for the Kings, but it was a solid win and something to build off of as they push for the end of the regular season. (more…)
Posted on 22 Nov 2010 by Eric Cooney.
The Kings escaped using the shootout parachute device on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. After taking a 3 goal lead, the Kings relaxed and let the Bruins cruise back into the game. After managing to survive regulation and overtime, Michal Handzus finished a nail-biter of a shootout off with a goal for the win. (more…)
Posted on 21 Nov 2010 by Jim Mulligan.
Stupid gimmick shootouts. This would have been one of those nights where a tie would have felt like a win. For the most part, the Bruins played a strong game tonight. A couple of bad breaks in the first period led to an early deficit that the Bruins couldn't completely climb out of. The Bruins came out flying in the first period but it was the Kings that would score on two of their first four s...
Posted on 16 Sep 2010 by Eric Cooney.
Although a team must perform as a whole, I'd like to break down expectations for each player this coming season. These are what I feel will be unspoken benchmarks the organization will expect each player to reach over a full season of play. To be completely clear, these are not predictions. Of course, injuries, suspensions, line-juggling, and all sorts of things happen that affect a players...
Posted on 29 Apr 2010 by Eric Cooney.
After years of patient rebuilding the Kings posted a successful regular season and a return to the playoffs. Although their post-season run ended short, the Kings have a lot to be optimistic about heading into the summer. (more…)
Posted on 22 Apr 2010 by Eric Cooney.
Going into the 3rd period with a one goal lead means nothing in the Playoffs. Especially if the Sedins are on the other team. (more…)
Posted on 15 Feb 2010 by Eric Cooney.
The Kings went into the Olympic break on a high note, shutting out key Western Conference opponent Colorado at home. Jack Johnson had a dominant performance despite having travelled to Vancouver for the opening ceremonies, then back to LA for the tilt against the Avs. Johnson had 2 assists and was a plus-2 on the night. He wasn't the only King with a strong performance as Rich Clune, p...
Posted on 7 Feb 2010 by Eric Cooney.
The Kings certainly didn't make their franchise record 9th win in a row easy on themselves. They spotted the desperate Red Wings 3 goals in the first period. However, “coming from behind to win” is just one of the many feathers these new Kings have in their hat. The first period was sloppy, especially for the Kings who yielded 3 goals. Detroit had all of the fire in the fir...