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Jonathan Quick is back with the Los Angeles Kings following the United States' exit from the World Cup.

Quick was in net for two of the States' three tournament losses. He posted a 3.56 GAA and .863 save percentage. Although the World Cup gave him an opportunity to warmup before the regular season, Quick still intends to participate in one or more preseason game. "I want to play," he said. "We’ve got a schedule in place."
Sep 29 - 10:42 AM

Peter Budaj turned away 14 of 14 goals for the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. Tom McCullom gave up one goal on 13 shots en route to a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

It helps when the puck spends most of the night at the other end of the rink. The Kings outshot the Ducks 48-27 in the preseason rout and gave up the single point well into the third period when it no longer mattered.
Sep 29 - 1:43 AM

Nic Dowd scored two goals in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks by the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.

Dowd scored the first goal at the 8:22 minute mark and buried his second puck in the net 18:02 minutes into the second to put the game essentially out of reach. Devin Setoguchi, Justin Auger, Dustin Brown, and Andy Andreoff also got in on the action.
Sep 29 - 1:21 AM

Jeff Carter (lower body) is skating on Wednesday at practice.

He would like to play in four preseason games to get ready for the regular season. Carter had to sit out the World Cup of Hockey because of a lower-body injury, but that appears to be behind him now.
Sep 28 - 2:31 PM

Matt Greene took part in Monday's exhibition contest, which was his first game since Oct. 13.

Greene was sidelined for most of the 2015-16 campaign due to a shoulder injury. He might play regularly on the third pairing if he stays healthy this season.
Sep 27 - 5:28 AM

Brett Sutter scored the LA Kings’ game winning goal over the Arizona Coyotes with a third-period shot at the 7:28 minute mark in a preseason game Monday night.

Sutter was acquired from the Minnesota Wild last year. He spent the season in the AHL playing for the Iowa Wild and Ontario Reign. He had five goals and 14 points with the Wild. His tenure with the Reign produced more goals at five, but fewer points with seven. During regular season play, he has scored only two NHL goals with the most recent coming in the 2013-2014 season for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sep 27 - 1:17 AM

Marian Gaborik will miss eight weeks due to his foot injury.

In other words, Gaborik's not going to just miss the start of the regular season, but a significant portion of it. The Kings were hoping that he'd bounce back from his 22-point 2015-16 campaign and for a time it looked like the World Cup might serve as a good starting point on that journey. Unfortunately this injury has derailed that and while he might still be effective once he's healthy, there's a real chance that he might not be worth owning in standard leagues this season.
Sep 26 - 5:53 PM

Marian Gaborik suffered a foot injury while representing Team Europe.

Gaborik is done for the rest of the World Cup and will probably miss the start of the regular season as well. He had two goals in four World Cup games. Injuries have been a big issue for Gaborik throughout his career. It used to be that he was at least very effective when healthy, but in 2015-16 he was limited to 12 goals and 22 points in 54 contests.
Sep 26 - 2:33 PM

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is excited to be back as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

Zatkoff was originally drafted by the Kings in the 2006 and spent four seasons in their farm system before being dealt to Pittsburgh. He won a Stanley Cup ring last season with the Penguins and contributed by playing two playoff games but is now back in LA. "It’s exciting for me," Zatkoff said after the third day of Kings camp on Saturday. "You leave, you don’t think that you’re probably going to end back up in that organization. I went to Pittsburgh and they gave me an opportunity to play and then just kind of the way that things shaked out I had an opportunity to come back. I was excited. Just a chance to work with Billy [Ranford] again. I know a lot of guys in this room so it makes the transition a little easier, but definitely being able to work with someone that you feel is a big part of the reason you are in the NHL. To be able to come back and work with him really was a huge selling point for me." Look for Zatkoff to play in 20-25 games this season.
Sep 26 - 7:56 AM

Anze Kopitar notched two big assists on Sunday to help send Team Europe to the World Cup of Hockey finals versus Team Canada.

Kopitar had just one point in the preliminary round, but was still doing lots of positive things without the puck to help Team Europe earn a spot in the semifinals. In the semis, Kopitar took on an offensive role, setting up Marian Gaborik in the second period, then Tomas Tatar for the overtime winner.
Sep 25 - 7:28 PM

Marian Gaborik scored his second goal of the world Cup during Team Europe's 3-2 semi-final victory over Team Sweden.

Gaborik created the goal all on his own, scoring from a sharp angle near the goal line to surprise Henrik Lundqvist. He collected four shots in nearly 18 minutes of work in the game. He has two goals and points in the tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:23 PM

Adrian Kempe will likely play another season in the AHL.

The Kings first pick in 2014, Kempe made the trek from Sweden last season and played for the Ontario Reign of the AHL. He struggled at times and went 17 straight games without a goal before he suffered an upper body injury in late February. Kempe ended the season with 11 goals and 28 points in 55 games but had 16 points in his first 20 games in the league. Kempe will likely be a call up at some point in the season but it is still too early to tell if he is worth a pickup this season in fantasy pools.
Sep 25 - 7:19 AM

Jake Muzzin will be scratched against Russia in Saturday's semi-final.

Kings fans may not appreciate coach Mike Babcock's decision to sit their best defender not named Drew Doughty, but it's tough to change a winning lineup in an elimination game.
Sep 24 - 6:27 PM

Dustin Brown is going forward after losing the captaincy over the summer.

The Kings' hope is that without the pressure of the captaincy, Brown will be a more productive player. "It’s not really a fun thing to go through, but you try to learn from it and take the positives from it," Brown said. "The only other option is an option I’m not interested in. Adversity, both individually and teamwide, if you take the right attitude, can make you better. That’s my approach." The other option he referred to would be to demand a trade, which is something he hasn't done. Brown had just 11 goals and 28 points in 82 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 24 - 6:20 AM

Devin Setoguchi said he's gone 19 months without having a drink.

That dates back to when he entered a rehab center. Now he's looking to restart his NHL career and has been given a PTO with Los Angeles to help him do that. "I’ve been out of the league for a year. It’s not like I can go two years out of the league and have a chance to make it next year," he said. "So yeah, this is a chance. Is it my last chance? Probably." While Setoguchi didn't play in the NHL last season, he did play hockey in Switzerland where he scored 11 goals and 24 points in 30 games.
Sep 24 - 6:17 AM


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