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|Stanley Cup Game||Average Price|
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|Stanley Cup Game 7 Tickets: Rangers vs Kings||$1,318.70|
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3/18/15: The Los Angeles Kings continued their overall surge since the All-Star break and finally cracked into playoff position. The defending Stanley Cup champions have a way of doing this. They played uninspired and mediocre hockey for several months before flipping the switch to 'on' over the last month or so. Coupled with the struggles and injuries on the Winnipeg Jets, the Kings moved into eighth place in the Western Conference by Friday morning. One thing is certain, if the Kings can maintain their position, they have the tools and experience to go all the way again.
3/25/15: The Los Angeles Kings are trying to disappoint all the Western Conference playoff teams by making it into the playoffs themselves. The Kings trail the Winnipeg Jets for the second and last wild card spot, though they still have a chance to finish second or third in the Pacific Division, and get an automatic bid. They are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and have won two of the last three Cups. They do not want to be one of the rare cases where the champs do not get to defend their crown, but if they do get in, then they have a real shot of repeating.
3/11/15: The Los Angeles Kings wild ride continues, though at this point they are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. The Kings won eight straight games to get back into the race. Then they dropped three in a row where they just looked bad. Now they are back on a winning streak, though they trail Calgary and Vancouver for an automatic playoff spot, by two points (they do have a game in hand on Calgary). Head coach Daryl Sutter does not believe that any game is a 'must-win', but with less than 20 games remaining on the schedule, they really are.
3/4/15: While the L.A. Kings have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the past few weeks, they are doing a good thing by commemorating one of their greatest players. The team will unveil a statue of hall of famer Luc Robitaille outside the Staples Center on March 7th. Robitaille is in good company. Other statues include L.A. legends Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya. The Kings retired Robitaille's No. 20 sweater back in 2007 and he currently is still with the organization as the President of Business Operations.
2/25/15: The Kings have done a tremendous job to snap themselves out of the slump that had them outside the playoffs not too long ago. By defeating the rival San Jose Sharks at Levi's Stadium in the outdoor Stadium Series game last Saturday, the Kings pushed their winning streak to seven games and tied for third in the Pacific Division. Outdoor games are special in the NHL, and the Kings won this one in front of 70,000 fans, 2-1. Drew Doughty was a key player, setting a new record for minutes played in a regular season outdoor game with 32:01.
2/18/15: Those Kings fans that are brave enough to make the trek to the Bay Area next week, or even more brave in living in the region, will have a chance to see the reigning Stanley Cup Champions take on the rival San Jose Sharks in an outdoor game. As part of the NHL's Stadium Series, the outdoor game will be played at Levi's Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL and host venue for the Super Bowl next year. The game will be this Saturday, February 21, 2015 and figures to be a tough game between two teams that really do not like each other.
2/11/15: It has been a tough few weeks for the Los Angeles Kings and it is really showing in the standings now. After 50 games, the Kings, who are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, were in fifth place in the Pacific Division, a full five points out of fourth for the final wild card spot. Injuries and illnesses have really hit the team hard recently, which explains their 2-5-3 record from games 41-50. The good news is that the Kings are built for the playoffs. They have 32 games left to get into the postseason, and they have proven that they do not need a high seed to be successful.
2/5/15: Since the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years, hockey is again very popular in Southern California. Which is great. But, why then, do the Kings continue to torture their fans in the regular season? The Kings are a playoff bubble team right now and need to string some wins together to be able to defend their title. In off-ice news, Chief Leaf Brendan Shanahan reportedly would like to hire Kings legend and executive Rob Blake to be the GM of Toronto. Wish all he may, but it is unlikely the Kings would let Blake go, and there is no certainty that he would even want to leave Los Angeles.
1/28/15: Between injuries and illnesses it was a tough stretch for the L.A. Kings before the All Star break. Hopefully the week off will help them get some key players back. The Kings are only 2-3-5 in their last 10 games and that has slid them down the standings to fifth place in the Pacific Division with 52 points. Fortunately, only four point separates San Jose (56 points), Vancouver (55), Calgary (53) and L.A., so there is no need to panic yet. Following the break, the Kings host Chicago on Wednesday, then go on an East Coast road trip to Boston, Washington, Florida (Miami) and Tampa.
1/21/15: While the Los Angeles Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and have won two of the last three Cups, they had a largely mediocre history before finally breaking through. That being said, they have had their share of great players over time. One of those was defenseman Rob Blake, who was the latest to have his number retired by the team. Blake joined legends Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Luc Rotitaille, Dave Taylor and Rogie Vachon with his number in the rafters on Saturday night, just prior to the Kings game against the Anaheim Ducks. For those that do not remember, Blake was one of the best blueliners of his generation and is certainly worthy of the honor.
1/14/15: As is their way, the L.A. Kings are on the bubble for a playoff spot, though they still have the second half of the season to go through. They 5-4 to Winnipeg last Saturday, but lost more than the game. Forward Tanner Pearson broke his leg crashing feet first into the boards and will be out a couple of months. There is little time to mourn his loss though, as the Kings have a tough home stand this week with New Jersey coming in tonight, followed by Pacific Division leader Anaheim on Saturday and Calgary on Monday.
1/7/15: As it stands right now, the Pacific Division is all about the race for second place. The Anaheim Ducks have run away with the Division so far and lead a group of teams by at least eight points. The L.A. Kings are in that group, and got a big win over Vancouver last week, who is also battling for that second seed (as is San Jose and Calgary). The difference between second and third is home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Kings got their slim lead over Vancouver by scoring twice in 53 seconds en route to a 3-2 win. But there are still a lot of chapters left to write, and this should be among the more interesting races in the second half of the season.
12/3/14: The Kings continue to do what the Kings always do. They play well enough in the regular season to make the playoffs - then they turn it on. So it is no surprise that they sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division through November. That would be good enough for a wild-card spot. L.A. was able to get cap relief from Slava Voynov's contract as he sits in jail. That equates to a few million dollars. However, the Kings are not about to spend it right away. They have some needs, most notably on defense, but are choosing to be prudent with their newfound windfall.
11/19/14: If Darryl Sutter isn't complaining, then he is probably not employed. He is now worried about the amount of minutes that Drew Doughty is playing - too many by his standards. He has a right to be concerned. When his best defenseman is playing more than half the game on consistent basis then he could be tired come playoff time. L.A. is not guaranteed a playoff spot by any means. They would get in today as a wild card, but Chicago has yet to catch fire and Minnesota is still lurking as well. The Kings are home against Carolina Thursday before heading to the heartland for games against Dallas and Nashville.
11/12/14: Fans often complain when their team falls short, especially when they have salary cap space available. But smart GMs know that they cannot push salaries to the maximum and have to keep some flexibility for in-season transactions. The L.A. Kings are near the maximum but have several injuries and a key suspension. The lack of cap room means that they cannot recall a defenseman from the minor leagues, even at the NHL minimum salary. The only solutions in this case are to play with less than a full bench or get rid of someone to clear cap room.
11/5/14: The L.A. Kings have reached the 10 game mark in the season and have a little bit to show for it. The Kings are 6-2-2, good for 14 points and tied for second in the Pacific Division. The Kings have a tendency to play just good enough to get into the playoffs, then they go to work. It looks like they are employing that strategy once again. L.A. has a couple of great home matchups this week when the New York Islanders come to town on Thursday, followed by a Saturday night game against the offensive-minded Vancouver Canucks.
10/29/14: The Kings have not been getting the same kind of publicity as the Montreal Canadiens or Anaheim Ducks, but they are right on top of the standings as well. The Kings started the season a bit slowly, with going 0-1-1 in their first two games. Since then, up until last Saturday, they won five in a row. Only the Ducks have won more consecutively with seven. The Kings have this thing figured out. They play well enough to get into the playoffs and that is where they excel. L.A. has a big East Coast road trip this week, including games in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Carolina.
10/22/14: A big reason the L.A. Kings have enjoyed exceptional postseason success over the past few years (including two Stanley Cup Championships) is the fact that they play excellent team defense. They only allowed nine goals through five games, a miniscule 1.8 goals against per game. For example, the Kings and St. Louis Blues were knotted 0-0 after three periods and overtime last week and the Kings won in a shootout. If there is any cause for concern, it is the offense, which only has 13 tallies so far. The Kings have a chance to get some goals this week, hosting Buffalo on Thursday and Columbus on Sunday.
10/15/14: The Kings had the honor of opening up the start of their season on the first day of the schedule. They began the process by lifting their Stanley Cup banner while the San Jose Sharks could do nothing more than wait out the storm. For those that do not recall, the Kings went down three games to none in the first round of the playoffs last season, only to rally and become the fourth team to win a playoff series after being down three games. But not all was perfect on this night. The Sharks ended up winning the opening game 4-0, possibly setting a tone for the rest of the season.
10/8/14: With no professional football in Los Angeles (saving the USC jokes for now), L.A. has become a hockey town. That blatantly ignores the fact that both the L.A. Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in the MLB playoffs, but so be it. It has been a few years since either of those teams has won a championship and the Kings have won two of the last three Stanley Cups. The Kings open the regular season on Wednesday, hosting the San Jose Sharks. In a cruel bit of schedule making, the Kings will probably be lifting their Stanley Cup banner in front of the team they rallied from a three games to none deficit against in the first round.
10/1/14: There is an old joke about baseball players getting a hangnail and sitting out for three weeks to recover. Then there are hockey players. No one challenges the toughness of hockey players. Here is another reason why. L.A. Kings forward Kyle Clifford played in the Stanley Cup Finals last season with a broken wrist. The injury came in Game 1 of their matchup against the New York Rangers, but Clifford still managed to average 10 minutes of ice time in the series. He even assisted on the goal that ended the series. Good news, though. He has since recovered and is doing fine in the preseason for the Kings.
9/24/14: Mike Richards signed a pretty lucrative deal a few years ago. But he has not lived up to expectations. Here is the kicker - he pretty much admits that. The Kings had a chance to buy out the last six years of his $69 million contract and passed. Richards says that he gave Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi his word that he would work harder - and by extension, earn the money he on his contract. That is a rare admission by a star athlete. Richards says that he wanted to stay in L.A., and who wouldn't? The team has won two Stanley Cups in the past three years and could very well do so again.
9/17/14: It was supposed to be a fun reunion of sorts, the L.A. Kings alumni were to play Russian All-Stars. Unfortunately, the game will not happen because of travel issues. The game was conceived as part of Septembers Hockey Fest celebration. There is not much known about the underlying reasons, only that the Russian team had unexpected travel issues. The Kings alumni roster included Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake, while the Russians had Alexei Yashin, Slava Fetisov, Darius Kasparitis, Alex Kovalev and Bure brothers. Instead, the Kings alumni will play L.A. City and County Fire Department members.
8/28/14: There is always a lot of chatter about the Chicago Blackhawks emerging into a dynasty after winning two Stanley Cup Championships in four years. That and they have their two biggest stars under contract for the better part of the next decade. They may have had a pretty good claim to being a dynasty if the Kings had not knocked them out of the playoffs and won their second Stanley Cup in three years. If anything, the Kings may have a better shot at being a dynasty considering their youth, depth and quality of goaltending. Additionally, while the Pacific Division is very competitive, it is still harder to make it through the Central these days.
8/21/14: The Los Angeles Kings will be honoring one of their own this coming season when they retire Rob Blake's number 4 jersey. The ceremony is overdue and will be on January 17, 2015. Blake played most of his 20 year career in L.A. He had a career line of 240 goals and 777 points. He was the prototypical offensive defenseman before that was even a thing. Blake joins legends Wayne Gretzky, Dave Taylor, Rogie Vashon, Marcel Dionne and Luc Robotaille as the only players to have their numbers retired by the Kings. Congratulations to Blake, who is still with the Kings organization.
8/14/14: While this would be a big issue for teams with lesser amounts of talent, it barely makes a ripple with the L.A. Kings. A new report indicates that Kings' 2012 fourth round pick Nikolai Prokhorkin will stay in Russia, playing in the KHL for at least another season. The Kings would like to bring the 20 year old forward stateside, but reportedly could not offer assurances that he would not be sent to the minors. Considering that the Kings have 12 players on one-way contracts, there is not much wiggle room to accommodate an unproven player.
8/7/14: What do you do with an aging forward that can only contribute about 30 to 40 points per year, yet has been fantastic for the team and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP because he is 'clutch'. That is a question for the LA Kings and what they should do with Justin Williams. Williams could be a free agent after next season. He is good in the regular season, but is simply great in the playoffs. One unsolicited thought is to keep him around. Playoff performers are at a premium, and at 32 years old, Williams still has a few more years left.
7/31/14: The Kings continue to bring back their core players in an attempt to prolong their success. While dynasties are rare in professional sports these days with free agency and salary cap limitations, the Kings have been fairly successful at keeping key players around. Most recently, the team inked a three year deal with Dwight King. King is not a prolific goal scorer but did contribute 15 goals and 15 assists and is only 25. The team and player reached a last minute accord and were able to avoid arbitration, which is good for both sides in these cases.
7/24/14: The Kings have been among the best organizations in all of sports in keeping together their core roster after not one but two Stanley Cup championships in three years. This coming season looks to be more of the same. That is fine because this is not a team of old veterans, many of their players are still in their primes. That means they can afford to be patient with defenseman Brayden McNabb. He has a chance to make the NHL team, but the Kings have the luxury of putting him in the minors for continued development and regular ice time.
7/17/14: One of the reasons that the Kings have enjoyed a great deal of playoff success for the past few years is they have strong and gritty role players. Players like forward Kyle Clifford, who are not afraid to dig into the corners and can occasionally put up some vital offense. Clifford will be back next season, but he underwent wrist surgery that will keep him out four to six weeks. Ironically, it was the same day that Kings' goalie Jonathan Quick had his own wrist surgery, so maybe the team had a Groupon to get them done at a discount.
7/10/14: The Kings have been relatively quiet since winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, especially compared to some of the Western Conference rivals. But they have an established and accomplished team that knows how to win in the playoffs, so there may not be much reason to change. Reports surfaced last week on Kings' captain Dustin Brown teasing U.S. President Obama during the traditional Presidential Congratulatory phone call. Of course, Obama is from Chicago, and the Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in seven games in the Western Conference finals before beating New York Rangers for the Cup.
7/3/14: In truth, there are several teams in the Western Conference that are good enough to win the Stanley Cup. They didn't and L.A. did, and now many of the Kings' rivals are in panic mode trying to remake their rosters (looking directly at you, San Jose). The Kings, however, are not making any knee jerk reactions. They have been quiet so far in free agency and have not made any major trades. Instead, they re-signed veteran Marian Gaborik who had a monster playoffs and drafted Adrian Kempe from Sweeden in the first round. Of course, it is easy to stay calm when you have won the Stanley Cup twice in three years.
6/26/14: It is tough to say who the Kings biggest rival is. A case can be made for both the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks. In any case, LA beat them both in the playoffs and can claim California bragging rights (on top of that whole Stanley Cup winner thing). When asked, Ducks GM Bob Murray said the biggest difference between the Ducks and the Kings is LA defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughty has developed into one of the best defensemen in the NHL. And, as the saying goes, offense wins games, defense wins championships. Anaheim does not have anyone like Doughty on their roster, and the Kings should be thankful they do.
6/19/14: Congratulations go out to the L.A. Kings for winning their second Stanley Cup in three years. They did it in dramatic fashion again, playing in three game sevens and winning a lot of overtime games. They also were down three games to none and facing elimination by the San Jose Sharks before finding their groove and winning. In all, the Kings took down (in order) the Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. Those are four of the best teams in the NHL, so the Kings certainly earned the right to say they are the best team in the league.
6/12/14: The Los Angeles Kings are on the doorstep of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years as they lead the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers three games to none in the best of seven series. The Rangers came to play in the first two games, opening up two goal leads in both games. LA stormed back to force overtime in both games, winning both in sudden death. The Kings picked up the pace as the series moved to New York. They breezed to a 3-0 win, despite having less than 15 shots on goal in the game. One more win and they will take the Cup back to California.
6/6/14: It can be debated of which is greater: the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. Well, the LA Kings do not have to make that comparison right now as they are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers. LA came back from a two goal deficit and two other one goal deficits to beat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Finals. It was the third Game 7 win of playoffs for the Kings, and now they have the unusual distinction of being the favorite heading into the Finals against the New York Rangers, who have not won the Stanley Cup in 20 years.
5/29/14: When the Chicago Blackhawks won the first game of the Western Conference Finals, most of the media who is paying attention immediately crowned them the Western Conference champs. L.A. has completely flipped the script on that narrative and has won the last three games of the series to take a 3-1 lead. That means they are just one more win away from getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals, which they won two years ago, where they would play the winner of the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers series, which New York currently leads three games to two.
5/22/14: The Kings deserve all the respect and accolades that anyone can muster for rebounding in the opening round of the playoffs. To recap, L.A. was down three games to none and facing certain elimination by the San Jose Sharks. They rallied to win the series 4-3. Then they dispatched the Anaheim Ducks, even though the Ducks dominated them all through the regular season. They find themselves down 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals against the Blackhawks, but, as we know now, this team is best when the chips are down - and they seem to be better when under the gun.
5/15/14: The Kings got on a very nice roll after going down 3-0 in their opening playoff series (Against the San Jose Sharks). They rolled off four straight wins to take the series in seven games then took the first two in Anaheim against the Ducks in the second round. After dropping game 3, they hit a big young roadblock named Josh Gibson. Gibson, with a total of three games of NHL experience, was inserted in as Anaheim's goalie in Game 4 and earned a shutout. He got another win and only let in one goal in game 5, giving the Ducks a 3-2 series lead. L.A. needs a game 6 win at home to force the always exciting game 7.
5/8/14: Congratulations goes out to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings looked just terrible in the first two games of their first round games against the San Jose Sharks, getting blown out in both of those games. They dropped Game 3, going down three games to none, and getting written off by everyone. But the Kings staged one of the greatest comebacks in recent memory. They rolled off four straight wins to take the series. The Kings are now in the second round playing the Anaheim Ducks in the playoffs for the first time in the history of both teams.
5/1/14: This is now one of the best series in the history of the NHL playoffs. A week ago, the Kings were left for dead after going down 3-0 in the best of seven series. Fast forward to today, and the Kings have put up three consecutive wins to force the decisive Game 7. What is amazing is that not just were the Kings losing, they were getting blown out in the opening part of the series. Allowing 15 goals in two games does not inspire much confidence. But give L.A. credit. They are obviously not ready to go golfing yet, and have the very important momentum going into the final game.
4/24/14: The Kings drew the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and from the looks of it, this will be the only round that L.A. will play in. The Sharks have a commanding 3-0 series lead so far, and can eliminate the Kings with one more victory. Los Angeles is built on physical play and excellent defense and goaltending. They have not been able to stop the Sharks' explosiveness and have surrendered 17 goals in just three games. They still have much of the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago, but so far, have not shown any flashes of life.
4/17/14: The Kings are set to start the playoffs, and they will face a familiar foe in the San Jose Sharks. The Anaheim Ducks clinched the Pacific Division last week, meaning that the Kings will play San Jose with the Sharks having the home ice advantage. This will be the third time in four years that these two teams have met in the playoffs. They have split those two series, with the Kings winning last season. This should be a very physical series between two very good teams. The big story may be if the Kings can generate enough offense to overcome San Jose and move on to the next round.
4/10/14: The San Jose Sharks and L.A. Kings are both headed toward the playoffs, and may face each other in the first round. The Kings are essentially locked into the third spot in the Pacific Division - they are probably too far back to catch either the Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks, and are well ahead of Phoenix (who is fighting for a wild card bid). But, even with nothing on the line for the Kings, they do not get along well with the Sharks. San Jose beat L.A. 2-1 last week in a game that was low on scoring but high on emotion. The California teams are all good this season, do not like each other, and that makes for exciting playoff hockey.
4/3/14: The L.A. Kings may be on cruise control for the rest of the regular season. Unlike the teams on the top of the conference, they have no chance to win the Presidents' Trophy for the best overall record, and really cannot catch anyone above the in the standings. The Blackhawks are the closest rival, but they have a seven point lead on L.A. On the other hand, they are not in any real danger of losing a playoff spot or fighting for a wild card invitation. They have a comfy seven point lead on their closest competitor (Minnesota). Considering those parameters, the Kings really cannot change their status to much, so they do have the luxury of just preparing for the post season.
3/27/14: The Kings slipped into the playoffs as the final seed two years ago and then systematically went through the top teams in the West to reach (and win) the Stanley Cup. Last season, they had a better regular campaign and made it to the Conference Finals where they lost out to the eventual Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings are a lock to be back in the playoffs this season and comfortably hold the third spot in the Pacific Division. They may end up facing Anaheim in the first round, which could be a difficult task considering that the Kings have not beaten the Ducks all season. But then again, the Playoffs are completely different.
3/20/14: Somehow, California has become a hockey powerhouse. The three California teams: Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks, are three of the best teams in the NHL these days and all three should easily make the playoffs without the help of a wild card spot. But the Kings may not want to face the Ducks. L.A. is winless in four games between the metropolitan rivals and it does not matter where they play. Anaheim has won in L.A., at home, and at Dodger Stadium. The teams have one more regular season game against each other, and could always meet up in the playoffs.
3/13/14: The Los Angeles Kings made a well-publicized trade at the trading deadline by acquiring the services of forward Marian Gaborik. Gaborik has a fairly well known name in NHL circles for being a solid player for a number of years. He burst on to the scene in the 2003 playoffs with the Minnesota Wild and scored 18 goals that postseason. The Kings certainly need offensive help, as they have stout defense and great goaltending, yet have trouble scoring. The question now is if Gaborik can turn back time to help the Kings score some goals in the playoffs or if he is a big name that is past his prime.
3/6/14: Everyone knew that following the Sochi Olympics that it would be a sprint to the finish line to see who would make the playoffs. There are approximately 20 games left in the season and the top three in each Division in the West look secure in some order (St. Louis, Chicago, Colorado in Central, and Anaheim, San Jose, and L.A. in the Pacific). The Kings have been among the best teams in the league since returning from the Olympic break and just won their fourth consecutive game. They have a tendency to peak at the right time, and this is certainly the right time.
2/27/14: Team USA and L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was quick to criticize his team's play in the bronze medal game against Finland. The US was embarrassed and shut out 5-0 to the Finns, in a game where it looked like the team never showed up to play. The US was put into the bronze game after losing to Canada in the semi-finals. The Americans played on back to back days, which is common place in the NHL, but seemed deflated in not having a shot at the gold. Quick had a right to be upset. He was hung out to dry several times and Finns capitalized often. He was also upset with himself, and did take blame in the loss.
2/20/14: Real hockey fans are already familiar with Kings' defenseman Drew Doughty. He is a gritty defenseman that has some real offensive skills. While he is well-known in L.A. and the Pacific Division, he is making a name for himself on the international stage with his performance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Through the first three games, Doughty has notched four goals (outstanding for a defenseman). That includes both goals in a 2-1 overtime win over Finland. Canada's offense has not produced yet, but with Doughty among the tournament leaders, they may not need to.
2/13/14: Smart teams make smart decisions and take smart risks. That appears to be what the Kings are doing heading into the Olympic break. L.A. is third in the Pacific Division, and is close to being on the bubble as a wild card team. They are also up against the salary cap, and may need some wiggle room to make a trade after the Olympics. They placed veteran Colin Fraser on waivers and hope he can play in the AHL during the Olympics. They do not have to pay him, so he does not count towards the salary cap. It also gives Fraser a couple more weeks to work on his game. Another team could claim him, but that looks like a risk that L.A. will take.
2/6/14: The L.A. Kings shut out the San Jose Sharks a couple of weeks ago, just before the Sharks got shut out again by former Kings goalie Ben Scrivens - a game in which the Sharks managed a whopping 59 shots on goal but none passed Scrivens. But the Sharks are not the only team having trouble putting the puck between the pipes. The Kings have been shut out three times in their last five games. This is really a time for L.A. to put some distance between themselves and the Vancouver Canucks, but they have eight losses in their last nine games. Perhaps they will be able to rebound after the Olympic break.
1/30/14: The Kings hosted the Anaheim Ducks in the first outdoor game in Southern California - heck, it was the first outdoor game in a warm weather environment anywhere. Playing in front of over 50,000 fans at Dodger Stadium, the Kings fell 3-0 to the rival Ducks. It was all part of the Stadium Series, and both teams wore very cool alternative uniforms. In the end, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller proved to be too much. That being said, the ice was in good condition and this opens the door for the NHL playing more outdoor games in warm weather climates.
1/23/14: The Kings are getting back on track now that starting goalie Jonathan Quick has returned. L.A. shut down a potent St. Louis Blues team last week. The Kings also traded away their top goalie prospect Ben Scrivens to Edmonton. Scrivens played well in Quick's absence, and proved to be a valuable trading piece. Now the Kings are preparing to play the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger's Stadium this Saturday. It will be the first outdoor game played in the NHL in a warm weather city - which could make for interesting ice conditions if the league has any problems with the cooling elements.
1/16/14: The Kings have five players heading to Sochi, Russia to represent their respective teams at the Winter Olympics. The headliner, of course, is goalie Jonathan Quick. He is expected to be the starting goalie for Team USA, which is no small feat. The Americans took silver four years ago in Vancouver with Ryan Miller in net, and look to improve to gold this time around. Overall, it has been tough going for the Kings as they have lost five of six games. L.A. still holds the first wild card spot for the playoffs, but needs to solidify that standing over the next few months to get a chance at the Stanley Cup.
1/9/14: The Kings played great throughout most of December and were unbeaten in 10 games at one point. That seemed to show that the team could survive without star goalie Johnathan Quick. However, reality set in and the Kings lost five in a row, including a 5-0 disaster to the St. Louis Blues. Quick returned last Saturday and earned a 3-1 win over Vancouver (who had their star goalie, Roberto Luongo, returning). Hopefully, this will stabilize the team. In other news, the game against Vancouver was head coach Daryl Sutter's 1000th as a head coach in the NHL.
1/2/14: The Kings could have easily have folded when Conn Smyth winning goalie Jonathan Quick went down with injury, but have been bouyed by backup Ben Scrivens and rookie call-up Martin Jones. Jones in particular has been impressive. He stopped all nine shootout attempts against him in his debut then rolled of five consecutive wins. L.A. has been the hottest team in the league in December and seem unbeatable at this point. It will be interesting to see what head coach Daryl Sutter will do when Quick returns. However, it is never a bad thing to have two many goaltenders.
12/19/13: Say one thing for Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, he can keep the heads talking - which is important in a town where pro hockey is well below college football, pro basketball, and pro baseball on the sports ladder. Sutter says that he is not just going to put veteran defenseman Matt Greene back into the lineup because he is off of the injured reserve. Greene has been sturdy for most of his career, but has only played in 20 games this calendar year due to back and elbow injuries. Perhaps this is a way of protecting Greene or motivating him to improve. Either way, it is tough to argue with a Stanley Cup winning coach.
12/12/13: It is difficult to assess just how good the Kings are in the crowded Western Conference, particularly in the ultra-competitive Pacific Division. L.A. sits at 42 points from a 19-7-4 record. That is outstanding. However, they still trail both the Anaheim Ducks (45 points) and the San Jose Sharks (43 points). Both San Jose and Los Angeles have two games in hand over the Ducks, so this may even itself out when all the games are played. In any case. Southern California has two teams that are Stanley Cup contenders, which has to get under the skin of a lot of teams up north.
12/5/13: The Kings got some very bad news last week as it was announced that star goalie Jonathan Quick will be out at least another month with a groin injury. The Kings are a team built on defense and losing Quick for an extended amount of time can potentially be devastating for a team looking for its second Stanley Cup in three years. L.A. is on the top half of the Western Conference standings so they just need to tread water for thirty days. And don't forget, if they get into the playoffs they can win the entire thing as they did as an 8 seed two years ago.
11/28/13: The L.A. Kings are hanging around the top of the Western Conference standings, which is good because there seems to be no room for error here. Eight teams have 32 or 33 points on the season, and these eight teams are separating themselves from the rest of the pack. That also means that every point is crucial and can mean the difference of home ice advantage or road battles. The Kings are getting healthier these days as three key players are back at practice: Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, and Jordan Nolan. The Kings need all their guys at full strength to get where they need to be.
11/21/13: Los Angeles was able to bring center Jarret Stoll back into the line up this past week. Stoll had missed the past two weeks with an upper body injury he suffered against Nashville on November 2. Stoll is not a goal scorer - he only has four points in 15 games (though had scored in consecutive nights prior to the injury). But he is much needed as a face off specialist and defensive forward. Players like Stoll are often overlooked for high scoring guys, but are always in need in the NHL. Like many Western Conference teams, the Kings are off to a good start with 27 points, but get lost because the competition in conference is so good.
11/14/13: It's a common theme with Western Conference teams - they would be much higher in the standings if they were in the Eastern Conference. That is very true for the Los Angeles Kings. At 11-6, they have a fine record and 22 points to their name. That is good for a lower seed in the West but would be among the leaders in the East. The Western Conference simply has a lot of very good teams, which makes the Kings look bad by comparison. But the season is only five weeks old, and the Kings have both the talent and experience to better their position as the year goes on.
11/7/13: The L.A. Kings are the perfect example of the Western Conference. The team is 9-6 and finds themselves in fifth place in the Pacific Division (ahead of only Calgary and Edmonton) and tied for eighth place in the Western Conference. 9-6 is not a bad record and extrapolated out over 82 game would be over 100 points. However, the West is so strong that even being 50% over 500 could miss the playoffs or get in as a very low seed. The Kings are actually better than their record indicates, but they need to get some offensive production in order to improve their standing.
10/31/13: The L.A. Kings and Phoenix Coyotes played one of the most unusual games in recent NHL history last week. If the league wants to increase scoring, then this should be the blueprint. The Kings held a four goal lead on the Coyotes, which is generally considered insurmountable. But the Coyotes battled back and tied the game in the span of just 13 minutes. Most teams fold after giving up that kind of comeback, but not the Kings. Mike Richards scored shorthanded goal to put the Kings up 5-4, then Matt Fratin and Dwight King scored for insurance. Final: L.A. 7, Phoenix 4.
10/24/13: The Kings have 10 points in eight games with a 5-3 record. While it is over .500, that is not going to be enough to make a playoff push in the Western Conference. If they were in the East (using the type of geography usually reserved for the former Big East Conference), then they would be near the top of the standings. The team has struggled in all phases of the game so far. In the past, the superb goaltending by Jonathan Quick hid problems, but he is struggling as well. L.A. is simply too talented not to turn it around, so consider this just a blip on the screen.
10/17/13: The Kings expected more scoring out of forward Anze Kopitar when they acquired him in the offseason. Kopitar has four assists already, which is nothing to make light of, but he has yet to score. Kevin Williams wants him to 'play dirtier' and get back into the grinding mentality that the Kings, as a team, have used effectively for the past few seasons. The Kopitar, Williams, and Dustin Brown line only have three goals, and are being outscored by Jeff Carter on his own. Still, the season is young and sometimes it takes a few weeks to gel with new teammates.
10/10/13: It has been a tough start to the season for the L.A. Kings and goaltender Johnathan Quick. After winning their opener, the Kings went to Winnipeg. Quick had a bad game and was pulled early as the team lost 5-3. Back at home in Game 3 against the Rangers, the Kings fell behind 2-1 but had a powerplay. The Rangers cleared the zone and Quick went to corral the puck in his left face off circle. He dropped his stick, then the puck bounced off his pad and into the net. That may end up being the sports blooper of the year. The Kings lost 3-1.
10/3/13: L.A. is looking to get back to the depths of the NHL playoffs this season. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals last season, but return much of their core for another run. The Kings have Johnathan Quick in goal, and he is among the best goaltenders in the NHL. Dustin Brown returns as captain and the team gets back defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene who missed most of last season with injuries. The Kings will play one of the most unique games of the season when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in January.
9/26/13: The Kings came out of nowhere to win the Stanley Cup in the 2011-12 season. They sneaked into the playoffs as an 8-seed that year and proceeded to dismantle everyone. Last season, they made it as the 4-seed and into the semifinals. So why are so many people overlooking them this season. They still have much of the same core including captain Dustin Brown and goalie Johnathan Quick. Sure, the Blues may be better and the Blackhawks are still loaded, but this is a team that should not be underestimated going into the season. They have won it before and have the talent and coaching to do it again.
9/19/13: The Los Angeles Kings are coming off of two very successful seasons - they won the Stanley Cup (as an eighth seed) in the 2011-12 season and made it to the Western Conference finals last season. One of the great things about the NHL is that an eight seed can win the championship - unlike the NBA where only the top few seeds legitimately have a shot in the playoffs. Or professional baseball and football where the eighth seed in a conference does not even qualify for the postseason. L.A. again returns most of its core players - and once again should be considered a contender for the Stanley Cup.
9/12/13: The Kings snuck into the playoffs in the 2011-12 season. They secured the number 8 seed, then went on to win the Stanley Cup. They did not have the luxury of flying under the radar last season, and were knocked out in the Western Conference semi-finals by Chicago. They could use some more physicality this season, and Jeff Carter is a good place to start. Carter can score, but has never had a season with more assists than goals. If Carter can learn to move the puck more and set up his linemates, then that would be a big plus for the Kings this season.
9/4/13: When you think hockey, you obviously think about Los Angeles. And when you think about L.A., you no doubt think about an outdoor game. As crazy as that sounds, the Kings and Anaheim Ducks will play an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium this season. The NHL has the technology to keep the ice cold, but the game will have to be played at night in any case. The good news is that the tickets for the game are selling at a record clip. It seems that this will be the event to be at, and it would be interesting to watch a hockey game in 70 degree comfort. It is also smart of the NHL to schedule two close rivals, who are also both good teams.
8/29/13: When the Kings started their magical run to the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2012, the biggest knock was that they were a defensive team that could not score - especially on the power play. That is still true today. While their penalty kill is among the best in the league, the team still struggles with scoring. At some point, the Kings are going to have to make a move to upgrade the offense, though that may risk hurting team chemistry. For now, the team seems inclined to go with their proven formula. However, should the defense or goaltending falter, the team could be in trouble.
8/22/13: The Kings have something to prove this season. Of course they snuck in the playoffs two years ago and came out of it with a Stanley Cup Championship. Last season, they were derailed in the playoffs even with a good team. However, L.A. fans have a short memory, and if the Kings want to continue with wonderful fan support, they have to show the grit that got them the Cup. Their biggest obstacle is the cross-town rival Ducks. Anaheim was terrific last year. Now is the time to develop this into a big-time rivalry that can only help both teams, as well as the NHL.
8/15/13: This past week (August 9, 1988) marked the 25th anniversary of the famous Wayne Gretzky trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the L.A. Kings. This was a historic event in the NHL. It brought the greatest player ever to the bright lights of a major market. Gretzky made hockey relevant in L.A. for the first time, and exposed millions of new fans to the game. Kings' games became an event, just like Lakers games. There is no real equivalent to this anywhere else. And just for good measure, the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in their second season without "The Great One".
8/8/13: The Kings stumbled along for many years without much fanfare or talent or success - the league was just happy to have a team in L.A. Then the Kings made the blockbuster trade for Wayne Gretzky and hockey got big in L.A. After the Great One left, it was more of the same until the Kings won the Stanley Cup in the 2011-12 season. Now it is very difficult to crack the Kings roster. The team is high on prospect Tyler Toffoli - a 21 year old who played 12 games during the end of last season and should make the roster full time this season.
8/1/13: The Kings are looking to rebound this coming season and are using their Development Camp to ingrain their mindset on their young prospects. L.A. was eliminated from the playoffs in the Conference finals just one year after their Cinderella march to the Stanley Cup. The team's method of quality goaltending and timely scoring came up just short, but they want their prospects to take on the same hard-nosed approach that propelled them to the top of the mountain. Once again, it looks like the Western Conference will be deep and teams that can play tough will win.
7/25/13: The Kings could not have won the Stanley Cup in 2012 without the leadership and gritty play of captain Dustin Brown in the playoffs that season. They were knocked out in the Conference Finals in 2013, but still depended heavily on Brown. The Kings, therefore, did the smart thing and locked Brown up to an eight year contract, one that may keep him through the tenure of his career. While he is not on the level of Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews, he is the leader of that team and is the face of the franchise.
7/18/13: The two most recent Stanley Cup Champions completed a trade this week, albeit a minor one. The Chicago Blackhawks send a conditional round pick to the L.A. Kings for forward Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo has one year remaining on his contract and will count $825,000 against the salary cap next season. Carcillo only managed two goals and an assist in 23 games last season, and played in only four playoff games. Carcillo has been hampered by injuries for the past few years and is more of a tough player (and heavily penalized one), but can add grit to the Kings.
6/13/13: The Stanley Cup will have to move out of Southern California. The Kings were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals in five games by the league leading Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. The fifth game of the series was a double overtime thriller. Chicago scored a controversial goal late in the third period to take a 3-2 lead, but the Kings battled back and tied it up. Goaltending was the key to the series. Kings netminder Johnathan Quick played brilliantly, but was outdone by Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks. Chicago will face Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals.
5/30/13: The Los Angeles Kings keep winning tough playoff series. This time, for their sixth series in a row, the Kings knocked off in-state rival San Jose Sharks in seven games. The series victory puts the Kings back in the Western Conference finals. Last season, the Kings eliminated the Phoenix Coyotes to gain entrance into the Stanley Cup Finals - which they eventually won over the New Jersey Devils. This year, they will face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings, who are battling out a game 7, after Chicago came back from a 3-1 series deficit.
5/23/13: Some may say that the Kings were lucky to survive the St. Louis Blues in the first round. The Blues may be the most physical team in the league and they have spectacular goaltending to back them up. But the Kings won the series and now are up 2-1 on the San Jose Sharks. L.A. is the superior team, despite similar records. They have better goaltending and are more physical - which is key in playoff hockey. To win the series, the Kings do not have to change a thing. They simply have to outcheck and outwork the Sharks - as well as take their offensive chances as they come about. Bold prediction: Kings in 6 games.
5/16/13: The Kings continued their playoff success by defeating the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 2. L.A. came in as the fifth seed, and the teams are so evenly matched that this cannot be considered an upset. The series was tremendously physical with few goals scored by either side. The goaltending from both Johnathan Quick and St. Louis' Brian Elliot was outstanding and every game was a one goal affair that could have gone either way. The Kings rallied from two games down to take the next four. On deck for the Kings is a fierce rival in San Jose.
Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Finals TicketsThey're back! After a late-season surge in 2012 positioned the Los Angeles Kings for their first ever Stanley Cup Finals victory, the team returned in 2013 with the hopes of making their qualification for the playoffs a bit more comfortable than last year's. So, rather than barely making it in as a No. 8 seed, the LA Kings worked their way up in the latter half of the 2013 NHL season to a rather comfortable No. 5 seed. While they still didn't have a series home-ice advantage at the Staples Center, the Kings relied on their recent grit and experience to make it through the first round, ending the St. Louis Blues' season for a second straight year.
At the core of the Los Angeles Kings' success is still goalie Jonathon Quick. While his 2013 campaign hasn't looked quite like his Conn Smythe award-winning performance through last season's Stanley Cup Finals, he continues to consistently keep his team in games until the very end. The Los Angeles Kings have a mix of talented defensemen and grinding forwards who persistently press the opposition into making a mistake. Given the increased intensity of the playoffs, it'll take a full series of strong will, timely scoring, and good luck for anyone to unseat the current Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
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The LA Kings' Stanley Cup Finals run in 2012 was something to be seen, with dominating series performances leading them to the Western Conference title. This season, they have a better seed, but the Los Angeles Kings will still need to perform well on the road because they'll probably never have home-ice advantage at the Staples Center in any NHL Playoff series.
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Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Finals HighlightsIn 2012, the Los Angeles Kings entered the NHL Playoffs as a No. 8 seed and proceeded to mow through the Western Conference to the Stanley Cup Finals in unprecedented fashion. They captured the Cup by defeating the New Jersey Devils behind the stellar play of goalie Jonathon Quick and a deep, determined core of forwards and defensemen.
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|Apr 11, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Los Angeles Kings||1 - 4|
|Apr 9, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Calgary Flames||1 - 3|
|Apr 7, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Edmonton Oilers||2 - 4|
|Apr 4, 2015||Colorado Avalanche - Los Angeles Kings||1 - 3|
|Mar 30, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Chicago Blackhawks||1 - 4|
|Mar 28, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Minnesota Wild||1 - 4|
|Mar 26, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - New York Islanders||3 - 2|
|Mar 24, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - New York Rangers||4 - 2|
|Mar 23, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - New Jersey Devils||3 - 1|
|Mar 21, 2015||Vancouver Canucks - Los Angeles Kings||4 - 1|
|Mar 18, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Anaheim Ducks||2 - 3|
|Mar 14, 2015||Nashville Predators - Los Angeles Kings||2 - 1|
|Mar 12, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Vancouver Canucks||4 - 0|
|Mar 10, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Colorado Avalanche||5 - 2|
|Mar 7, 2015||Pittsburgh Penguins - Los Angeles Kings||1 - 0|
|Mar 3, 2015||Los Angeles Kings - Edmonton Oilers||5 - 2|