It has been quite an eventful week in Los Angeles, with two games played in the week with a win and a loss to even it out. It would be overshadowed by the firing of head coach John Stevens and his assistant (More on that in closing notes).
The Week That Was
The Kings would start the week off against the Philadelphia Flyers, and as has been the case very often in a lot of Kings games throughout the season the opposing team would strike first like death and taxes with Ivan Provorov getting on the board barely two and a half minutes into the first period. While the Kings would hold off Philadelphia to a goal for the remainder of the first, with Jeff Carter scoring first in the second period to tie it up. While Ilya Kovalchuk would pull the Kings within one towards the end of the period, the third period saw the Flyers not ease off the pedal at all en route to a 5-2 win, with two breakaways resulting in a goal for one of their efforts.
The second and last game of the week in review against the Blue Jackets would result in a more different game for the Kings, where they would take the first goal of the game midway through the first off Alex Iafallo. Generally speaking this would be regarded as the best game the Kings have played comprehensively for a 4-1 win, but not before changes behind the bench started happening after the game.
The Week That Will Be
The Kings continue their homestand this week with games against Anaheim (Tuesday), Minnesota (Thursday) and Calgary (Saturday).
Standings and Stat Leaders
Record: 4-8-1 (Last in Pacific, Conference. Tied last with Florida in League).
Goals: Kovalchuk, Carter, Kopitar (4)
Assists: Doughty (7)
Points: Kovalchuk (11)
Plus-Minus: Kopitar, Brown, Forbort, LaDue, Luff (0)
GAA: Budaj (2.00)
Sv%: Campbell (91.2%)
Wins: Campbell (4)
PP: 14.9% (26th in NHL)
PK: 81.1 (T-13th in NHL with Anaheim and Detroit)
Following the torrid start to the season at 4-8-1, head coach John Stevens and assistant coach Don Nachbauer were relieved of their duties and replaced on an interim basis by Willie Desjardins and Marco Sturm respectively. Desjardins comes to the Kings following coaching stints in Vancouver and more recently the Canadian Olympic team in the Winter Olympics, Sturm also comes back to the Kings following a brief time playing there and more recently as the head coach and GM of the German ice hockey team having guided them to Silver in the Winter Olympics.
Gabe Vilardi is listed as day to day with a hip flexor based injury, and will be delayed somewhat more in his recovery time.
Other prospects Matt Villata (ankle) and Jaret Anderson-Dolan (wrist) are also out with injuries and could be detrimental to the Canadian team come World Junior Championship season in December.