Player News - Kings

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Peter Budaj faced 27 shots Wednesday night and gave up three goals as the Kings lost 3-2 to the Sharks.

Budaj entered the night with three straight games with a save percentage greater than .925 and GAAs of 2.04 of less. On Wednesday, he dropped to a .889 with a GAA of 3.06. Budaj should have been prepared for his level of activity as his last two games featured 28 and 29 shots.
Jan 19 - 1:42 AM

Tanner Pearson scored at the 5:46 mark of the first, but it was not enough to stem a 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Wednesday.

Pearson’s goal tied the game for 10 minutes until Tommy Wingels provided the Sharks a lead they would never give up. Pearson has scored seven goals in the last 11 games, but his real value has come in his shots on goal. Since December 28, he has made three or more shots in nine of 11 games.
Jan 19 - 1:35 AM

Tyler Toffoli (lower body) skated on his own Wednesday near the end of the morning skate.

There is no timetable for his return to the lineup, but the preliminary outlook was three-to-six weeks. Toffoli has missed the past 12 games because of a lower-body injury.
Jan 18 - 5:24 PM

It looks like Peter Budaj will play between the pipes on Wednesday.

Budaj was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good way of gauging who the starter will be. Assuming he does start, this will be his sixth straight appearance.
Jan 18 - 1:26 PM

Anze Kopitar (illness) feels ready to return Wednesday.

He missed Monday's match against Tampa Bay because of a stomach bug, but he was back on the ice Tuesday morning. Kopitar had a four-game point streak before he was forced out of the lineup.
Jan 17 - 2:36 PM

Drew Doughty logged 30:50 minutes of ice time on Monday, making this his first non-overtime game where he played more than 30 minutes this season.

Doughty was leaned on heavily in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with him averaging roughly 28 minutes per game each campaign. He's still getting a ton of minutes this season, but the Kings have trimmed his workload a touch to an average of 27:17 minutes.
Jan 17 - 4:37 AM

Peter Budaj saved 27 of 29 shots in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay Monday afternoon.

Budaj has allowed just five goals in his last three starts. This was his first loss over that span, bringing his record to 20-12-3 this season.
Jan 16 - 6:56 PM

Kyle Clifford netted the lone Kings goal in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay Monday afternoon.

Clifford has three goals and seven points in 37 contests in 2016-17. His goal was unassisted. Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin each fired a team-high four shots.
Jan 16 - 6:55 PM

Anze Kopitar was kept out of Monday's contest due to an illness.

Kopitar has four goals and 24 points in 38 contests in 2016-17. He was a late scratch due to the disease.
Jan 16 - 4:33 PM

Tyler Toffoli has not been seen on the ice since his lower body injury on December 20.

Toffoli had eight goals and 20 points in 31 games before his injury nearly a month ago. He had 31 goals and 58 points last season and his absence from the lineup has been sorely missed.
Jan 16 - 8:03 AM

GM Dean Lombardi said that there was no update on the status of Jonathan Quick who injured his groin on opening night.

Lombardi said that he was still a 'long way off'. If all goes according to schedule, Quick is anticipated to return by mid-February to the beginning of March barring any setbacks and that is always a possibility.
Jan 16 - 7:50 AM

Anze Kopitar had assists on all three Los Angeles goals Saturday.

The veteran pivot is up to 20 helpers as he also has 24 points. He trails teammate Jeff Carter by 16 points for the team lead and if he is unable to surpass Carter, it will be the first time in 10 years that Kopitar has not led the Kings in points. He has been hot enough (on a four game points streak) to be taken in shallower pools as well.
Jan 15 - 8:48 AM

Alec Martinez is on a four game points streak.

He picked up an assist Saturday and now has six goals and 25 points for the Kings. He had only 31 points last season so he is poised to easily break that mark this season, perhaps as soon as the All-Star break if he remains hot.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

It's still a little stunning, but Peter Budaj continues to mop up wins, getting his 20th of the 2016-17 season as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime.

Budaj's now 20-11-3 with a solid .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 2016-17. This matches the second-best win total of his career (he had 20 in 2008-09, but also lost 29 games that season). His career-high is 31 wins from 2006-07.
Jan 15 - 2:21 AM

Jeff Carter scored the OTGWG for the Los Angeles Kings in their 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets, because of course he did.

That's the third overtime game-winner for Carter, who has eight GWG overall this season. No surprise that he has a lot of goals (23) and his 40 points in 43 games represents some of the best work of his career. The Kings would be in a world of hurt without their remarkable sniper.
Jan 15 - 2:15 AM


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