3 Los Angeles Kings Players Who Need to Get Hot in Home Stretch

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The Kings need him to get closer to the level he played in during last year’s tremendous campaign.. If he doesn’t, there is going to be a lot of pressure put on the King’s offense and perhaps backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to get some key wins.. Drew Doughty Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Up until three games ago, Drew Doughty had just a single goal in 37 games.. Is that really the number you want from the puck-moving cornerstone defenseman of your franchise?. Obviously not.. However, Doughty has improved in a number of defensive aspects of the game, and despite a horrible start in the plus-minus department, he has been a better D-zone defenseman compared to previous seasons.. They need him to get hot offensively though.. The team’s power play has been quarterbacked quite effectively by young guns Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin, however, that is going to be a role Doughty takes over come playoff time.. He had a fantastic 2012 home stretch and postseason.. You can bet that everyone, Drew Doughty included, is hoping for a similar run of form come May and June.. Dustin Brown Stephen Dunn/Getty Images When the chips were down in 2012, captain Dustin Brown truly led by example. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1599248-3-los-angeles-kings-players-who-need-to-get-hot-in-home-stretch

Kings-Stars Preview

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Dallas is among five teams chasing Detroit for the eighth spot and trails the Red Wings by four points.. “The situation we’re in, every game is important,” forward Ray Whitney said.. “If we have any chance at all (to reach playoffs) it’s going to be a pretty impressive run at the end.” The recent trades of Jaromir Jagr , Brenden Morrow , Derek Roy , who all had expiring deals, signaled the Stars have an eye to the future, but they still have their sights set on postseason hockey this year.. “The only thing that matters is what we believe in this dressing room,” Jamie Benn , the team leader with 27 points, said after the Stars rallied from two down twice on Sunday.. “It’s not going to be pretty some nights.. But the effort is going to be there and the heart and character will be there also.. I think you saw part of that.” The Stars would like to see continued production from rookie Alex Chiasson and Eric Nystrom .. Chiasson, called up last week from AHL Texas, has three goals in the last two games, while Nystrom has found the back of the net in each of the last two.. It’s uncertain if Lane MacDermid , acquired last week from Boston in the Jagr trade, will return after missing Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury.. The young forward scored in both of the games in Anaheim on the just-completed trip. source: http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nhl/preview?gameId=400443064

Twitter’s oddest hockey Bromance: Los Angeles Kings and #Lumbus Blue Jackets

No other group has that dynamic, they think we are attacking them when really we’re just trying to get fans talking.. This isn’t personal, we aren’t super fans having twitter wars.. It’s marketing departments.. BRENNER: You could argue that a team’s identity is really something you wouldn’t want to mess with.. To that end – you could say that cutting their identity by 2 characters isn’t exactly the best way to start a friendship.. Lumbus plays the social game really well, and they’ve shown that they can give and take the jokes.. We love that.. They don’t take it too seriously, and we obviously don’t either.. 3.. Do you feel comfortable establishing this bromance because you won’t likely see Columbus until the conference final, if at all?. DONAHUE: Even if we saw them in the first round, it’d be like brothers going head to head.. We’d want to win sure, (and we would! source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/twitter-oddest-hockey-bromance-los-angeles-kings-lumbus-212118991–nhl.html

Los Angeles Kings Dustin Penner Steps Off Injured Reserve, Plays Hard Against Dallas Stars

Penner, the 6-foot-5, 245 pound left wing, has been itching to get back on the ice since his injury last week (no, it wasn’t due to pancakes this time), which has caused him to miss the last four games.. Prior to Penner’s accident, the Manitoba native racked up an impressive set of stats through 25 games, recording 11 points and 14 penalty minutes.. Back on a healed body, Penner played against the Stars as if the time apart never occurred.. Though, the left wing was not at his 100 percent, he played at a high ability and proved that he is a solid player who can contribute when his team needs him.. Penner has stated that he would like to work on his mental state as a player this season, and this game against the Stars was the perfect opportunity to do so.. For a player who just stepped off the injured reserve today, Penner performed well.. With about 10 and a half minutes of play, Penner racked up three shots, two hits and gained one takeaway.. Any average NHL player has zero takeaways in a normal game.. Now, the Kings did not by any means play a spectacular game against the Stars, nor was Penner the MVP of the game.. But he proved himself to be a worthy opponent and all-around player who can play a solid game even when not in the best physical shape.. There’s nowhere to go but up from here.. Samantha Wilson is a writer for RantSports.com. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/10/los-angeles-kings-dustin-penner-steps-off-injured-reserve-plays-hard-against-dallas-stars/

NHL Game Summary – Los Angeles at Dallas

Dallas starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury after allowing one goal on eight shots.. Richard Bachman stopped all 22 shots in relief.. “Solid.. Real solid,” said Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan on the play of Bachman.. “You could see his rebound control and his confidence.. He’s out in his crease.. He hasn’t played for a while, so it’s a good one for him.” It was a big two points for Dallas, as the team now has 41 on the season and sits two back of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.. Drew Doughty had the lone goal of the game for the Kings, who have dropped their past two.. Jonathan Quick allowed all five goals on 31 shots in the loss.. “We turned the puck over pretty regularly tonight,” said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. source: http://www.thescore.com/nhl/articles/799542-nhl-game-summary-los-angeles-at-dallas

 

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