Player News - Kings

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Los Angeles has just three players with 10 or more goals this season.

By way of contrast, the Kings finished 2015-16 with 10 different players that reached the 10-goal mark and they were a middle-of-the-road team offensively. This season they're near the bottom of the league in goals scored per game (2.42) and their lack of offensive depth is a big part of that. Their players with at least 10 goals are Jeff Carter (29), Tanner Pearson (19), and Tyler Toffoli (10).
Feb 25 - 5:32 AM

When he's ready to return to the lineup, Jonathan Quick will simply be handed the keys to the crease.

Coach Darryl Sutter has noted that Quick won't have a rehab assignment in AHL Ontario, which means one night suddenly the main man will be back in the saddle. Which is pretty exciting. Still, that's a couple of weeks off. So feel free to ride Peter Budaj as you are, for now.
Feb 24 - 3:12 PM

Peter Budaj allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Kings 4-1 loss to Boston on Thursday.

The Kings have lost 4-of-5 but Budaj has played better of late, allowing just three goals in the last two games. Budaj has been one of the best stories of the season with 27 wins, 2.12 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 51 games. The Kings will need even more him as they battle for a wild card spot down the stretch.
Feb 24 - 3:27 AM

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Thursday.

Gravel tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal with 1:18 left in the first. Rookie forward Adrian Kempe got to the rebound of an Alec Martinez slap shot and threaded a pass through the legs of Boston defenseman Kevan Miller to Gravel. The 24-year-old has 4 points in 40 games.
Feb 24 - 3:21 AM

Kevin Gravel will be scratched against the Bruins on Thursday.

He's suited up just once since Feb. 5th. Through 39 games he has three points with 51 hits and 55 blocks thus far.
Source: Forrest Lee
Feb 23 - 9:24 PM

Peter Budaj will be in net against the Bruins on Thursday.

It's been a rough month for the veteran netminder. He's posted a 4-5 record with 21 goals against despite a pair of shutouts, he also carries a .902 save percentage and a 2.43 save percentage.
Feb 23 - 6:09 PM

Despite clearing waivers, Jeff Zatkoff will remain with the Kings for now.

Jonathan Quick is still sidelined, but now the Kings know they can send Zatkoff to the minors once Quick is ready to play. The Kings might also still end up trading Zatkoff. While it might seem odd that a team would acquire Zatkoff after they declined to claim him on waivers, if they had done so then he would have had to remain on their NHL roster. By acquiring Zatkoff now, after he cleared waivers, he can be stored in the AHL for now to add some extra goaltending depth without requiring an NHL roster spot.
Feb 23 - 4:10 PM

Jeff Zatkoff went unclaimed on waivers.

We'll have to wait and see if the Kings decide to send Zatkoff to the AHL. It will likely happen eventually as Jonathan Quick is getting close to returning, but Quick isn't expected to return just yet. With that in mind, Zatkoff might spend another week or two with Los Angeles.
Feb 23 - 12:12 PM

Jonathan Quick (groin) isn't expected to return for another two weeks or so.

Jeff Zatkoff was placed on waivers Wednesday, but he is projected to stay with the team once he clears. Still, Quick is getting closer to a return from his groin injury.
Feb 22 - 4:16 PM

Jeff Zatkoff has been placed on waivers.

The Kings appear to be preparing for Jonathan Quick's return to the lineup, but this doesn't mean it's imminent. Zatkoff has played in just 13 games this season, while posting a 2-7-1 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage.
Feb 22 - 12:28 PM

Adrian Kempe got his first NHL point on Tuesday.

Kempe registered an assist in a 2-1 win over Colorado. It was his fourth career NHL game. He also has 11 goals and 19 points in 43 AHL contests this season.
Feb 22 - 4:47 AM

Trevor Lewis scored the game winning goal Tuesday night as the Kings stopped the Avalanche 2-1.

Lewis’ eighth goal of the season snapped a nine-game goalless streak during which he earned only two assists. The other Kings’ goal in the Tuesday contest belonged to Tyler Toffoli and it was his 10th of the season, so it was unlikely either shooter was on many fantasy radar screens.
Feb 21 - 11:48 PM

Peter Budaj faced 25 shots and blocked all but one as the King beat the Avalanche 2-1 Tuesday night.

Budaj needed this victory. He entered the contest with a record of 1-5-0 and a save percentage of .867 in his last six games. In that span, he has given up an average of 3.3 goals per game, which included a three-goal win over the Panthers February 9.
Feb 21 - 11:34 PM

Andy Andreoff will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Andreoff will be sitting for the third time in his team's last four games. He has two assists and a minus-2 rating in 24 games this season. Paul Ladue will miss the game because of an injury.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 21 - 9:00 PM

Paul LaDue has an upper-body injury.

He didn't skate on Tuesday morning due to the ailment and should be considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 21 - 6:49 PM


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