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The Los Angeles Kings turned over the puck too much in Game 1 versus San Jose and it resulted in a lot of odd-man rushes.

The Kings practiced Saturday and worked on their transition game. "Just don't get spread out too much," Anze Kopitar said of the adjustments necessary to minimize turnovers. "The support has got to be there coming up the ice. If we don't do that, obviously we get spread out too much. The long plays are harder to make than the 10-foot passes. I think in Game 1, our line got spread out a little too much. We got caught swinging away instead of just supporting. So we've been working on that the last couple days a little bit and we have to carry that into the game tomorrow." Game 2 is on Sunday.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 20 - 8:13 AM

Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube has been playing well for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Berube was promoted to the top job in Manchester when Martin Jones was recalled by the Kings when Ben Scrivens was dealt away to Edmonton. "As soon as Jonesie was out of the picture, you could just see his confidence coming leaps and bounds," coach Mark Morris said. "I think he's really relished that opportunity. When you know that, you have to be feeling the pressure that you're basically holding the team on your back and that's a big pressure for a young guy his age." Berube was 28-17-2 this season in Manchester with a 2.37 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 20 - 8:08 AM

Jonathan Quick, considered by many who follow the NHL to be the top goalie in the league, allowed five goals on only 28 shots before being yanked after two periods in the Kings' 6-3 loss to San Jose Thursday in Game 1 of their playoff round.

That was more goals in two periods than Quick gave up to the Sharks in three games of their playoff matchup last season. "I don’t think we played very well in front of him," teammate Alec Martinez said in defense of Quick. "I think those goals were a byproduct of the team in front of him not playing well. It wasn’t on Quickie. But obviously, he’s one of the best goaltenders in the world and we have all the confidence in the world in him. He’ll play really well Sunday."
Source: nhl.com
Apr 19 - 10:25 AM

Jeff Carter had an assist in a 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of the first round.

Carter is on a five-game playoff point streak that dates back to 2013. He scored 27 goals and recorded 23 assists in 72 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 18 - 9:54 AM

Jake Muzzin netted a goal in the Kings' 6-3 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

It was Muzzin's first career playoff goal in 18 games. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 contests this season.
Apr 18 - 9:52 AM

Trevor Lewis scored a goal in the Kings' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Lewis inked a two-year, $3.05 million contract extension just before the playoffs started. He had six goals and 11 points in 73 regular season games.
Apr 18 - 9:51 AM

The Los Angeles Kings were uncharacteristically sloppy in Thursday's 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of the first round.

"Sloppy play, turnovers, bad (line) changes, odd-man rushes," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We gave up more odd-man rushes in the first period than we've had in the last ..." A reporter at that point offered month as the answer and Brown agreed. The Kings got to the playoffs by being one of the best defensive teams in the league and they aren't likely to win high-scoring games against a team like San Jose.
Apr 18 - 9:46 AM

Jonathan Quick let in five goals on only 28 shots in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose Thursday night.

Quick was pulled off after the second period and Martin Jones replaced him. Jones stopped all four shots he faced in the third period. The Kings and the Sharks will play again on Sunday night and suddenly it is not so clear that Quick will start again then.
Apr 18 - 4:07 AM

Slava Voynov scored a goal in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

Voynov cut the lead to 5-2 at 6:55 when he knocked down a clearing attempt by Antti Niemi and shrugged off a check from James Sheppard before snapping in a shot from the right circle. Voynov is now on a five-game point streak with two goals and four assists over that span. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.
Apr 18 - 4:03 AM

Coach Darryl Sutter is expecting to see a different Mike Richards in the postseason.

"Mike Richards is our most experienced forward in terms of playoffs, and he always plays his best when we expect him to," said Sutter. Richards is hoping to take advantage of the intensity of the postseason after an unproductive regular season.
Apr 17 - 5:58 PM

Marian Gaborik feels comfortable with the Kings.

"On the ice, it's been a bit of an adjustment to get used to the system and stuff," Gaborik said. "But I think I got that pretty quickly. It was a bit of a process, but it was just a matter of understanding and being on the same page with four other guys on the ice out there and just know what we're doing defensively." Gaborik had five goals and 16 points in 19 games after being dealt to Los Angeles. The Kings are counting on him to be one of their scoring leaders in the playoffs.
Apr 17 - 9:46 AM

Drew Doughty (upper body) will be available for Game 1 on Thursday.

Doughty took part in Tuesday's practice, although the skate didn't include any battle drills. "I've known I'm good to go," Doughty said. "I don't need [battle drills] to test my strength or anything like that. But it'd maybe a good idea to get in a few just to kind of get into a game situations kind of thing. I'm sure they'll have some planned for me coming up here before game one." He missed the Kings' final four regular season games due to the ailment.
Apr 16 - 9:42 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have returned Andrew Campbell back to the minors.

Campbell made his NHL debut on April 5 as he replaced the injured Drew Doughty in the lineup. He played in three games and will now man the blueline for Manchester.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 14 - 8:02 AM

Jeff Carter had only one goal in his last eight games to end the season.

He was surpassed for the team lead in goals by Anze Kopitar Saturday as Carter ended the season with 27 goals, two behind Kopitar who had a pair against the Ducks. Carter is a streaky scorer and could get hot in the playoffs.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 13 - 7:29 AM

Mike Richards ended the season without a point in his last nine games and without an assist in his last 22 contests.

That is pretty bad, even if Richards was a defensive defenseman and not a good scorer in the NHL. He ends the season down in every category as he had only 11 goals and 41 points with a minus-six rating and only 28 penalty minutes. It was not a good season for Richards.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 13 - 7:26 AM


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