Russian-born Kamenev headlines Predators' Day 2 draft haul

The Nashville Predators invoked a two-pronged approach to drafting on Saturday, leaning heavily on left wingers and defensemen for Rounds 2 through 6. Vladislav Kamenev was the Predators' initial pick of Day 2 of the NHL draft (42nd overall) and the first of two second-round choices. The Russian-born winger (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) tallied four goals and 10 points in 15 games with...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Draft Rankings: Sam Bennett Leads Group Of Talented Centers

Sam Bennett Teams that need centers will be in luck at the 2014 NHL draft because the top three forward prospects dominate the middle of the ice. One common denominator among all Stanley Cup-winning teams is the presence of a two-way center who scores goals, creates scoring chances, wins faceoffs and shuts down opposing teams’ top forwards. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear Anze: Wtf is pink sauce?

Buzzfeed produced a video recently that highlighted the dining choices of your favorite athletes before they take the ice/field/floor . They did it all cute where they presented the dishes in question and you can watch it here.  Anze Kopitar, it turns out, likes pink sauce. He is an insatiable pink sauce connoisseur. Kopitar can’t get enough of the pink sauce, and wants it every...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Sutter Gets His Postgame Interview

((HT: NHL on NBCSN))The HQ came across a great article during our Stanley Cup Final coverage that Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star wrote about LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and just how much we don't know about him. We all see the Popovichian-Belichickian press conference glibness which is good for quick quotes and a laugh. But Arthur let us in on the huge heart the coach...
Via Online Sports Guys
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Los Angeles Kings celebrate Stanley Cup with fans at local bar

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.The Los Angeles Kings are champions of the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers, 3-2, in double overtime Friday night.After the game, several Kings players decided to take Lord Stanley's Cup to the North End Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach to celebrate. Seen here is video submitted to TMZ Sports showing Alec Martinez...
Via Bush League Chronicle
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Sutter on Kings' slow starts during playoffs: What does 'start' mean?

LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter wants to know, what constitutes a "good start"? The Kings head coach has been asked time and time again in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs why his team starts off so slow. So far in the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles has looked tired in the first period of Game 1, unengaged in the first period of Game 2 and listless in the first period of Game...
Via Fox Sports West
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Sutter After Today’s Practice

Q.  Darryl, you guys played so well last game and you don't get the win.  Is the mentality going into this game to show up and play the same way or find another level?  COACH SUTTER:  Find different ways every game.  I don't think last game will have any bearing on this game, as Game 1 would be on Game 2 or 2 on 3. Q.  You said earlier in the series that Anze Kopitar...
Via Kukla's Korner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings Cheat Their Way to Game 4 Faceoff Success

Coming into the Stanley Cup Final, the Kings were expected to have a decided edge in the faceoff circle. They were tied for second in faceoff percentage during the regular season at 52.8%, while the Rangers were near the bottom of the league at 48.8% which was good for just 22nd. Before the start of the series, Anze Kopitar had a 54.4% success rate this postseason, while Jarret Stoll...
Via NY Rangers Blog
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers vs. Kings (Game 4)

The New York Rangers host the Los Angeles Kings for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden starting at 8:00 p.m. The Kings lead the series 3-0. For a preview, visit Yahoo! Sports. Rangers game notes TV: NBCSN Radio: ESPN Radio (98.7 FM) Live Stream (Don’t click on ads in stream, may download virus): Probable Line-up:...
Via NY Rangers Blog
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

At the conclusion of the NHL playoffs, the Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the post-season’s most valuable player. Although five players whose teams lost in the finals have won the trophy since its inception in 1965, including goaltenders Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ron Hextall, the award is usually given to a member of the Stanley Cup winning team. With the Los Angeles Kings currently...
Via Around The Rink
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

'Boring' Kings stun Rangers to take 3-0 series lead

NEW YORK -- A single victory stands between the Los Angeles Kings and the Stanley Cup. The unlikeliest of postseason runs continued Monday with yet another twist as the Kings led throughout an entire game, stunning the Rangers in a 3-0 shutout win at Madison Square Garden. Coincidentally, 3-0 also happens to be the series lead the Kings have in the Stanley Cup Final. It's the...
Via Fox Sports West
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final Game 2

Just a few things that caught my eye: Justin Williams for Conn Smythe? It's really not a stretch any more. Anze Kopitar should get it, but he who gets quiet in the Final often gets the shaft. When is goalie interference not goalie interference? We shouldn't be surprised, though -- wasn't it the ref at center ice that made the interference call when Henrik...
Via Rotowire
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Fatigue starting to kick in for Kings after third straight OT win

LOS ANGELES -- Oh yes, they were exhausted. You could see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, no matter what they said Saturday night. The Kings know the meaning of fatigue. They have played three consecutive overtime games in the playoffs, two in the Stanley Cup Final, and it's not over yet. No matter how much satisfaction they got from their 5-4 win in two overtimes...
Via Fox Sports West
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Final Minute Of Kings-Rangers Game 1 Arguably Most Exciting Of NHL Season (Video)

This is hockey at its best and most exciting, and when it’s played like this, there’s not a better sport in the world. The final minute of regulation in Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was probably the most exciting minute of hockey this season. When you consider the stakes — tied game in the Stanley Cup Final with just a minute to play — there are endless...
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ratings predictions for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Everyone with a less than cursory knowledge of hockey ratings will tell you the NHL got a dream final. New York vs. LA! Hollywood vs. the Statue of Liberty! Tacos vs. Pizza! Tupac vs. Biggie! It’s the NHL’s best possible matchup. It’s not such a sure thing. Los Angeles is still a market with a strong, core hockey fan base, yet the bandwagon that seems to come easily to the...
Via Awful Announcing
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Which coast will claim the Cup when Kings battle Rangers?

It may or may not turn out to be the ratings bonanza that some imagine, but there is still something special about a New York-Los Angeles Stanley Cup Final. It's the United States' top two markets squaring off in a clash of cultures and coasts. The Rangers have the history, with a litany of past stars and nearly a century of tradition. But the Kings have the more notable...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Competing With The Kings

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, The Kings aren’t going anywhere for quite a while. With the exception of Anze Kopitar, who has two years remaining on his contract, Kings GM Dean Lombardi has much of his core locked up in long-term deals. Captain Dustin Brown, who might have been the best player on the ice in the Kings Game 7 overtime win over the Blackhawks, is under...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Videos: Relive the entire Blackhawks-Kings series

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks just completed what was quite possibly the best seven-game series in sports history. Yes, you read that right, not just NHL history, but sports history. Yes, that’s a lofty title to bestow, but I’ve never seen two teams locked in such an intense battle. The Kings wound up taking the Western Conference Final with a 5-4 overtime win...
Via Rumors and Rants
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Won't be denied: Kings resilient again to reach Stanley Cup final

CHICAGO -- The saying goes that history always repeats itself. The Los Angeles Kings, sometimes down but never out, proved that notion with another historic Game 7 playoff win. The Kings, the team that boasted 18 players undefeated in Game 7s, became the first team to win three Game 7s in one postseason when they eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks with a 5-4 overtime win, Sunday night...
Via Fox Sports West
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Anze Kopitar on big Game 7 win, Marian Gaborik's impact

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Via Fox Sports West
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings channel their Game 7 mentality

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Having a lead in a postseason series has been somewhat uncharacteristic for the Los Angeles Kings. It wasn't two years ago when they won the Stanley Cup - they breezed right past everyone going up 3-0 and 3-1 in each series - but this season their magic has all come when facing elimination.  But Friday night, it's the Chicago Blackhawks they are looking...
Via Fox Sports West
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s No Longer The Sid And Ovie Show

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, You certainly get the sense that this may be the point at which the Penguins and Capitals aren’t really linked any more, or at least not as much. They’re as different as they are alike. Players like Steven Stamkos, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf and Anze Kopitar have caught up to Nos. 87 and 8 when it comes to the...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot Jeff Carter Leading The Los Angeles Kings

from Mike Brophy of CBC, Look out Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter is nipping at your heels. With his fourth goal in two games (fifth in three), Carter has helped the Los Angeles Kings erase an early 1-0 deficit and take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Entering the series Kopitar was running away with the playoff scoring lead, but he has been mostly silent against...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Kings Are Winning The Faceoff Battle Against The Chicago Blackhawks

from Curtis Zupke at the LA Kings website, Most of the talk after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final has been about the offensive explosion by the Los Angeles Kings, who tied a franchise Stanley Cup Playoff record with five goals in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks. What might be overlooked is what helped lead to those goals. In a series between two...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

What will Benning do with Kesler? Plenty of teams would like to know

It’s hard to understate the value of a top two-way center. Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar and Pavel Datsyuk. Can we agree that those are the first four names that pop to mind in the category? Well, each of them has at least one Stanley Cup ring. And that’s no coincidence. Which brings us to Ryan Kesler, the 2011 winner of the Selke Trophy, which just so happened...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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