Player News - Kings

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Kings coach Darryl Sutter vowed that his team won't go away quietly against the Sharks.

Given that San Jose has a 3-0 series lead, putting up a good fight is about all Los Angeles can hope for. The Kings did do significantly better in Game 3 after being blown out in the first two contests of this series, but only three teams in the history of the NHL have outcome a deficit this big.
Apr 23 - 5:13 PM

Anze Kopitar is on a six-game point streak dating back to the regular season.

Kopitar has registered an assist in each of the Kings' first three playoff games. Los Angeles will probably need even more out of Kopitar going forward as the team is now down 3-0 in its first round series against San Jose.
Apr 23 - 9:43 AM

Drew Doughty had two assists in the Kings' 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday.

Doughty now has three points in three games in the Kings' first-round series. At the age of 24, Doughty has already played in 53 playoff games and has recorded 35 points.
Apr 23 - 9:41 AM

Jeff Carter's playoff point streak has reached seven games.

Carter scored a goal in the Kings' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose on Tuesday. That was his 50th career postseason point in 88 games.
Apr 23 - 9:39 AM

Now that the Kings are down 3-0 to San Jose in their first round series, Los Angeles will probably turn to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for advice.

Only three teams in NHL history have successfully come back from a 3-0 series deficit, but one of those teams were the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers. At the time, Carter and Richards were key members of that squad, so their presence alone is proof to their teammates that it's possible.
Apr 23 - 9:38 AM

Jonathan Quick let in four goals on 40 shots in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night, falling behind 3-0 in the series.

Quick has now allowed 16 goals in three games against the Sharks in this postseason. The Sharks scored some lucky goals and Quick was very unfortunate in Game 3. Quick now has a 5.78 goals-against average and .852 save percentage. Quick and the Kings have to do better in Game 4 if they want to continue their season.
Apr 23 - 3:56 AM

Marian Gaborik scored a goal in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night at Staples Center.

It was Gaborik's first playoff goal with the Kings and it was a highlight-reel goal. He collected the puck near his own blue line and led a 3-on-2 charge toward the other end of the ice. Gaborik blew by Scott Hannan and cut across the crease before flicking a backhand shot past Antti Niemi. Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll also scored for the Kings, while defenseman Drew Doughty added two helpers in the loss.
Apr 23 - 3:49 AM

The last time Jonathan Quick allowed 12 goals in back-to-back playoff games was in 2011, during a first round series against the very same San Jose Sharks.

Quick responded to those awful performances in Games 3 & 4 by making 51 saves in a 3-1 Game 5 victory three years ago. The star goalie will hope for a similar rebound Tuesday night when the Kings try to fight their way back into the series at home.
Apr 22 - 9:36 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have promoted Colin Fraser.

Fraser successfully cleared waivers in February and was sent to the minors. He had three goals and six points in 10 AHL games. He also had two assists and 30 penalty minutes in 33 contests with Los Angeles in 2013-14.
Apr 22 - 1:17 PM

Linden Vey has been sent to the minors by the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings might follow that up by summoning Colin Fraser, but that move hasn't been announced yet. Vey had five assists in 18 games with the Kings in 2013-14.
Apr 22 - 10:01 AM

Mike Richards picked up a double minor on Sunday for spearing the Sharks Logan Couture with less than six minutes left in the third period.

The game was long over by then as the Kings trailed 7-2. The NHL could look at the incident but it will likely involve a fine rather than a suspension as that is what Milan Lucic of the Bruins received. It was Richards 100th playoff game of his career.
Apr 21 - 7:29 AM

Matt Greene was a minus-four on Sunday.

The Kings decided to put Greene in the lineup on Sunday as they went with seven defensemen and only 11 forwards but the move may have backfired as Greene did not have a good game. Stay tuned as it is likely he will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday as the Kings should go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen.
Apr 21 - 7:25 AM

Jordan Nolan was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

He was joined in the press box by Linden Vey and Tanner Pearson. Just an FYI in case you took any of the three late in your playoff pool and was wondering why they were not in the lineup. Nolan played in Game 1 and was in the press box as coach Darryl Sutter went with seven defensemen in the lineup.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 21 - 7:21 AM

Jeff Carter had an assist on Sunday and extended his playoff point streak to six games.

Carter potted a point in the Kings last four games last season and has continued the streak through the first two games of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. He has a goal and seven points during the streak but he needs to start finding the back of the net as the Kings trail 2-0 in the series against the Sharks.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 21 - 7:19 AM

Trevor Lewis scored in his second straight game for the Kings on Sunday.

That's the good news. The bad news is that Lewis is the only Los Angeles forward to get the puck past Antti Niemi as the other three goals have been scored by defensemen. Lewis had only six goals and 11 points in 73 regular season games so this offensive outburst has come out of nowhere.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 21 - 7:16 AM


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