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Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged that his team does take analytics into account when making decisions, but attributes a lot of L.A.'s success to incalculable intangibles such as character, expectations and compete level.

"There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it," said Lombardi. "You’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other (sport)." Lombardi revealed that he has spoken on the phone "a number of times" with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but would not explain how the Kings apply advanced stats information. "You can get my book when I’m done," he joked.
Sep 14 - 6:29 PM

After undergoing offseason surgery, it appears that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is just now facing shots in practice environments.

In other words, he might not get much/any time in the preseason and could conceivably even start the 2014-15 season a bit slow. Martin Jones may be in line for extra early appearances. Quick is still a valuable pick, particularly considering the team in front of him, but keep an eye out for setbacks.
Sep 13 - 3:11 PM

Jeff Deslauriers will attend the Kings' training camp on a tryout basis.

Deslauriers will compete with Martin Jones for the backup job, but he's a long shot to win it. In the likely event that Deslauriers isn't able to secure a roster spot, he might still sign with the Kings to serve in the AHL.
Sep 2 - 5:36 PM

Derek Forbort will take another crack at making the Kings' lineup this autumn as the 22 year-old defenseman hopes to thrive off of his successful rookie campaign in Manchester in 2013-14.

The giant 6'4, 218 pound blueliner is rock solid in his own zone and possesses excellent decision making abilities. He had 17 points in 74 games in his rookie AHL year, maintaining a +19 rating. The Duluth, Minn native is in tough making a Cup winning roster, but is likely to warrant a call-up at some point this season and could stick around if he impresses.
Aug 31 - 7:21 PM

Martin Jones put forth a terrific rookie season in 2013-14 and could be a viable fantasy option in net if Jonathan Quick does not recovery quickly from his off-season wrist surgery.

Quick is the Kings' undisputed starter and Jones will not hold significant fantasy value unless he is propelled into a starting role due to injury or a trade. Nonetheless, Quick is coming off a long spring and off-season wrist surgery, and although his projected return is during the pre-season, the Kings would be wise not to overwork their starter if Jones proves that his success last season was no fluke. Jones is a smart draft choice to back up Quick on your fantasy roster, but could be universally valuable if Quick can't stay healthy.
Aug 30 - 2:09 PM

Brayden McNabb may see action with Los Angeles some point this season.

Kings GM Dean Lombard feels that McNabb is NHL-ready, but the team already has a full complement of defensemen. "He's worked his [butt] off, and with all the homework we've [done] on him, he's got a shot," Lombardi said. "And I think him being here in the playoffs makes him really hungry. His skating is the only issue. If we can get that tightened up, he's a good player." McNabb was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and he signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July. Look for him to get called up at some point this year should injuries become an issue.
Aug 28 - 8:51 PM

The Kings will honor Luc Robitaille this season by unveiling his statue in Star Plaza at the Staples Center on Mar. 7, 2015.

Robitaille has done a fine job as the club's president of business operations since 2007, although his 1394 points over 1431 NHL games probably had something to do with it. Robitaille played fourteen seasons with Los Angeles over three different stints and holds numerous Kings records. Lucky Luc retired as the highest scoring left winger in NHL history.
Source: LA Times
Aug 24 - 4:17 PM

Marian Gaborik played an instrumental part in the Kings' championship run this past spring, but the oft-injured sniper remains a risky pick to perform that big of a role on your fantasy team.

The hulking right winger missed exactly half the season due to injury last year, and was coming off a poor 2012-13 where he garnered just 27 points in 42 games. There is no doubt the skilled Slovakian has the ability to produce elite numbers, but investing too much stock in a player who has been a major fantasy disappointment for the past two years might not be worth the risk.
Aug 23 - 2:38 PM

The Los Angeles Kings will honor Rob Blake Saturday, January 17th by retiring his No. 4 jersey.

The ceremony will take place prior to a game against the Anaheim Ducks. He will join Luc Robitaille, Wayne Gretzky, Dave Taylor, Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon in the STAPLES Center rafters. Blake will also be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.
Aug 11 - 3:42 PM

Jordan Nolan is likely to find himself in a battle for a position on the fourth line for the Kings in training camp this season.

Nolan played an energy role for Los Angeles last season and amassed 10 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes in 64 contests. If he manages to carve out a role for the 2014-15 Kings it will likely be similar to that of last year, which would involve limited ice time and therefore minimal fantasy value.
Aug 10 - 3:59 PM

According to Kings forward Dustin Brown, goaltender Jonathan Quick is the "best goalie in the world".

It's no surprise that people associated with the Kings feel this way, as Quick has twice experienced fantastic postseason runs and carried Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup. Rogie Vachon echoes Brown's statements, calling Quick "phenomenal". With nine years remaining on a 10-year, $58 million contract, Quick should be a mainstay in the Los Angeles crease for a very long time.
Aug 9 - 9:09 PM

Youngster Tanner Pearson will likely enter training camp with a chance to secure a role on the Kings second line.

Pearson filled that second line role during the Kings playoff run this summer and showed some definite chemistry with sniper Jeff Carter in the process. Despite failing to impress with just seven points in 25 regular season contests, he elevated his game in the postseason and notched 12 points in 24 games. Both he and fellow youngster Tyler Toffoli should be popular sleeper selections in drafts this fall.
Aug 9 - 9:39 AM

Nikolay Prokhorkin will be staying in the KHL for another season.

He has one-year deal with CSKA Moscow and he said that the Kings haven't given him any guarantee that he'd play in the NHL. Prokhorkin, who was chosen in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, generated 19 goals and 37 points in 52 games with CSKA last season.
Aug 8 - 1:21 PM

It's looking ever more likely that the Kings and Sharks will play an outdoor game on February 21, 2015.

Rumors of an outdoor contest between the two teams have been circling for some time, but a potential leak of information on Ticketmaster Sunday has social media abuzz with the possibility their February 21, 2015 game will take place at new Levi's Stadium. The new venue was officially opened Saturday for an MLS contest between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders and would appear to be everything the NHL is looking for in a venue for this type of event.
Aug 3 - 2:48 PM

Goaltender Martin Jones possesses a perfect track record in shootouts so far in his young career.

The Kings backup netminder has stopped all 12 shootout attempts he has faced thus far in his time in the NHL, a mark that's certain to change. Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins actually holds the best current shootout stats in the league, having blocked 78.7 percent of opponent's attempts (59/75) over the past three seasons. For reference, Los Angeles keeper Jonathan Quick has blocked 65 of 97 attempts (67 percent) over that same span.
Aug 3 - 10:06 AM

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