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A Welshman who loves his hockey like he loves his mother.

A Post Festive Kings Recap (Christmas/New Year)

Oh god it’s been a while. Now all the festivities are over and done with I can finally get back to writing up on the Kings and recapping what has been.

The Weeks That Were

Over the course of the last month things in Los Angeles have been a very bizarre case of “your mileage may vary”. From the ever tinkering line changes of Desjardins with the then mind boggling decision to place Kovalchuk on the fourth line (This was since rectified recently as he’s been playing top six minutes in the last few games as he should), to the All Star Game nominations ahead of the event in San Jose at the end of the month which features Drew Doughty (as of writing) being the lone representative of the Kings (In line with having one player per team, per conference).

The end of December marked a series of wins for the Kings, as they would go through Winnipeg 4-1 with goals coming through Wagner twice, Iafallo and Thompson. The next game against their northern rivals in San Jose would bring a 3-2 OT win for the team as Kovalchuk would score the game opening and winning goal with Iafallo picking up another along the win.

The last game before Christmas would be another OT win against Vegas, with a 4-3 win achieved over the defending Western Conference Champions. Amadio, Carter, Iafallo and Toffoli would all notch up with Toffoli picking up his 6th goal of the season in the OT win.

Coming out of the festive break the Kings would roll onto a 2-1-0 record to close out the year following wins against the Coyotes (2-1) and the Avalanche in OT by a 3-2 scoreline, the loss in the three games being against the Knights 4-1 just days after their OT loss on December 23rd.

Going into the New Year and beyond and so far and the case of mileage varying with the Kings continue with two straight losses to Vegas (2-0) and a thumping from Tampa Bay (6-2), the Kings would redeem themselves following a 4-0 shutout win against the Edmonton Oilers with Anze Kopitar notching his 300th career goal not only as a King, but the first Slovenian player to do so (And to date, the only Slovenian) and Jonathan Quick chalking up his 300th career win.

The Week That Will Be

Three games are on for the Kings this week, with a visit to San Jose on Monday following a 2 game stint against the Senators (Thursday) and Penguins (Saturday). The team will then go on a 3 game road trip against Minnesota, Dallas and Colorado before coming home to face St. Louis before the All Star break.

Stats and Leaders

Record: 17-23-3 (Last in Division, 13th in Conference, 27th in NHL).

Goals: Brown (11)
Assists: Doughty (21)
Points: Kopitar (28)
Plus-Minus: Muzzin (+8)

GAA: Campbell (2.23)
Sv%: Campbell (93%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)

PP: 14.9% (27th in NHL)
PK: 74.8% (30th in NHL)

Other Notes

Carl Hagelin has been activated from the IR, with Trevor Lewis being moved to LTIR.

Kings prospects Rasmus Kupari and Michael Anderson won Gold and Silver respectively for Finland and the USA in the finals of the WJC.

With Campbell back, Petersen has been sent back down to the AHL.

The Kings Week in Review – 16/12/18

The seasons in the abyss continues to roll by following the end of the homestand and a four game road trip. And while some things look promising, others don’t as we reflect on the week gone by.

The Week That Was

6/12 – NJD – 6-3 L

The last of the two games of the homestand started against the similarly struggling Devils, and though despite the two teams struggling throughout the season the Devils the teams would trade goals through midway of the second period making a 2-2 game with goals from Leipsic and Kempe. But this wouldn’t last as the Devils would strike twice more in the period with Clifford giving the Kings one goal to get back entering the third, and would be for nothing as the Devils would chalk up another two in the third period.

8/12 – VGK – 5-1 W

In what would turn out to be the only win of the week for the Kings in this recap, the Knights despite getting on board first within five shots on Jonathan Quick would face five unanswered goals from Scherbak in his debut making a 1-1 game entering the second period. The Kings would not let up for the rest of the game following goals from Luff, Carter, Forbort and Thompson to give the win.

10/12 – @ DET – 3-1 L

The road trip started against Detroit and didn’t end well for the Kings if at all. Despite throwing 42 shots and the lone goal from Anze Kopitar, the Red Wings and Jimmy Howard would backstop them while goals from Cholowski, Nielsen and Larkin in the first two periods would seal the game while Kopitar would score in the third period.

11/12 – @ BUF – 4-3 OTL

The next night sent the Kings to Buffalo where things would seem to fare better for the team through the first half of the game, where the team would take a 3-1 lead off goals from Muzzin, Luff and Kempe to go into the third period. But would wind up blowing not only the lead but the game in OT as Eichel would connect on the PP, followed by Larsson less than five minutes after with Jeff Skinner capping off the OT win for the Sabres.

13/12 – @ CBJ – 4-1 L

Onto the third stop of the road trip in Columbus, the Kings would get off to another early start with a goal from Dustin Brown and would be within one entering the third period trailing by a 2-1 scoreline following goals from Sedlak and Panarin, but late in the period within 20 seconds the Jackets would score twice from Panarin on the PP and Anderson barely afterward.

15/12 – @ PIT – 4-3 OTL

Capping off the road trip against the Penguins, the Kings fell behind early following goals from Cullen (SHG) and Rust but would slowly claw back to tie up in the third period following goals from Muzzin, Luff and Iafallo before ultimately falling in OT from a Phil Kessel goal.

The Week That Will Be

The Kings have two games this week, one at home against the Winnipeg Jets (Tuesday) and away at San Jose (Saturday).

Standings and Stat Leaders

Record: 11-20-3 (Last in Division, Conference, League)

Goals: Brown (9)
Assists: Doughty (16)
Points: Kopitar (21)
Plus-Minus: Muzzin (+6)

GAA: Campbell (2.33)
Sv%: Petersen (92.7%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)

PP: 14.3% (28th in NHL)
PK: 74% (29th in NHL)

Other Notes

During the week, Daniel Brickley has been recalled from the AHL and will be with the team until further note with Alec Martinez on the IR.

Gabe Vilardi will be sent to the Team Canada camp ahead of the WJC later this month.

The Kings Week In Review – 27/11/18

It’s that time again for the weekly review of the Kings with the notes and news going on about the Staples Center, where following the 2-0 win over the Blues the Kings would look to carry the momentum on during the week and the homestand.

The Week That Was

The start of the homestand would be seriously one to forget, where the Kings would take a 7-3 drubbing off the Colorado Avalanche in a hilariously one sided affair where the Avs would score six goals before the Kings would score two of their own towards the end of the game with goals from Clifford, Luff and Wagner altogether.

The start of the weekend wouldn’t bring much better luck either, as the visiting and struggling Vancouver Canucks would put up a win of their own by beating the Kings 4-2. Though despite the Kings tying the game 2-2 off Matt Luff, the rookie sensation and very likely Calder winner in Elias Pettersson would score the game winner and Tyler Motte would sink home the last goal to give the Canucks a much needed win after losing eight straight games.

The Kings would end the weekend on a high however, against the Edmonton Oilers in which it would see them winning 5-2 against them with notably a hat trick scored by Dustin Brown. Supporting goals would come from Matt Luff and Anze Kopitar but the game would swing in the Kings favour similar to Vancouver scoring the game winning goal in the previous game, except this time it would be Kopitar starting the goal scoring and Luff finishing it.

The Week That Will Be

The Kings finish the month on a three game road trip going through Vancouver (Tuesday), Edmonton (Friday) and Calgary (Saturday) before coming home on Sunday to start a four game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Standings and Stat Leaders

Record: 8-14-1 (Last in Division, Conference, NHL).

Goals: Kopitar (7)
Assists: Doughty (12)
Points: Kovalchuk, Doughty (14)
Plus-Minus: Luff (+4)

GAA: Campbell (2.33)
Sv%: Campbell (92.3%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)

PP: 15.3% (30th in NHL)
PK: 73.9% (29th in NHL)

Other Notes (As per Jon Rosen)

Adrian Kempe is listed as questionable and D2D. Jonathan Quick is likely to return during the road trip this week. Carl Hagelin has been listed on the IR as week to week with an MCL sprain.

Mike Futa spoke with Jon Rosen regarding up and coming prospects, speaking of Rasmus Kupari who has 26 total points in the Liiga and CHL so far this season, and Nikolai Prohorkin who may wind up being in black and silver once his contract expires currently has 16 points in 19 games in the KHL.

The Kings Week in Review – 13/11/18

Now I’m back from a weekend trip in Italy, it’s time to write up the week that was in Kings hockey with what the week brings ahead with the end of the homestand.

The Week That Was

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The Kings Week in Review – 6/11/18

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).

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