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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 11:24 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Brown scratched due to illness

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was scratched from the lineup Monday night because of illness, according to the team.

Brown did not attend the morning skate and coach Darryl Sutter was not available to comment before L.A. played the Dallas Stars at Staples Center.

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Posted On Monday, 12.23.2013 / 3:37 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings looking to cut down on penalties

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings have been barreling through to Christmas with nine wins in 10 games, but they see room for improvement going into the finale of their homestand Monday against theDallas Stars.

The Kings have been shorthanded 144 times, the third-most in the NHL behind the Ottawa Senators andPhiladelphia Flyers. They paid for it Saturday when they allowed two power-play goals for the first time since Nov. 2.

"You can't continue to keep doing that throughout entire season," defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We need to be more disciplined that way, and when we do get those penalties we have to kill them."

Regehr also said that the defensemen can be better around the net cutting passes off and preventing the opposition's playmakers from getting time and space.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 3:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Doughty reaches milestone 400th NHL game

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty came into the NHL at such a young age it's easy to overlook this is his sixth season. Doughty turned 24 this month and even he didn't realize that Thursday will be his 400th game.

"Don’t tell anyone," Doughty said, joking.

Doughty has been remarkably durable since he came into the League at 19. He has missed only 12 regular-season games and played in 50 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Time has flown by," Doughty said. "It just seems like yesterday I was 18 and I was in my first year in the League. I've had so much fun. I've still got a long, healthy road ahead of me and I'm looking forward to continue it here in L.A.

"It's crazy. I can't believe how much fun I've had in this League and how much fun I've had with this team. I've developed so many relationships with the guys off the ice. I wouldn't rather be anywhere else."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 4:04 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings' Quick working his way back from injury

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jonathan Quick reported some progress five weeks to the day after a serious groin injury.

Quick took the ice at the end of the Los Angeles Kings' morning skate Tuesday, before L.A. played the Edmonton Oilers, and did some light work with coaches. Nothing too intense, but the former Conn Smythe-winning goalie said it's going as expected.

"It's all good signs," Quick said. "I've still got a lot of work to do. You just come in and try to make the most of it every day until you can get back to playing again.

"Every day's been a little more intense as far as workload, a little more movement. Obviously today was a little more challenging than yesterday. As long as every day I feel better and better, I'll keep trying to challenge it a little bit more."


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Posted On Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Wild will be extra mindful of Ducks' potent top line

ANAHEIM -- Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise didn't hesitate when asked the key to going up against the Anaheim Ducks' top line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"Don't turn the puck over," Parise said. "That's the type of line you want to keep in their end as much as you can. For a scoring line like that, you just try and make them defend as much as you can. You can't turn it over in the neutral zone. They don't need a lot of chances and suddenly they have four points at the end of the night. They're that good."

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Posted On Monday, 12.09.2013 / 3:49 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Islanders place Bouchard on waivers

ANAHEIM -- The New York Islanders are stuck in a nine-game winless skid (0-7-2) and have lost a team-record nine straight on the road. So it certainly got their attention when three-time 50-point scorer Pierre-Marc Bouchard was placed on waivers Monday.

"When you lose as many as we have in a row, I think it's the business we're in," Thomas Vanek said. "Obviously there's a lot of good guys here but sometimes you have to make tough decisions. [Bouchard] was a good guy. I only got to know him for a little bit here. It's definitely not his fault that he's gone. I think it's more ours. I think anytime someone leaves it's on the team."

Islanders coach Jack Capuano wouldn't comment on personnel matters. New York reportedly is making room to recall center Ryan Strome, the leading scorer in the American Hockey League. Strome on Monday became the third player in the past 20 years to be named the AHL's player of the week in consecutive weeks.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 4:06 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Goaltender Jones could get another start for Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Was the impressive NHL debut of goalie Martin Jones enough to earn him another start for the Los Angeles Kings?

It was difficult to tell if Jones would be back in goal Saturday night, when the Kings play the New York Islanders. Jones left the ice first at the morning skate, but usual starter Ben Scrivens wasn't far behind. Kings coach Darryl Sutter doesn't reveal his starting goalie, so it was anybody's guess.

Thrown into a rivalry game against an Anaheim Ducks team that hasn't lost in regulation on home ice, Jones made 26 saves and stopped all nine shooters in a 3-2 shootout win Tuesday in his first NHL game.

Scrivens has gone 6-1-3 in place of injured Jonathan Quick (groin). The first win of that stretch came against the Islanders on Nov. 14. Sutter has lately been stingy with the praise of Scrivens and said he's seen cracks in his game.

"I think he's been off and on lately," Sutter said. "To be able to win on a consistent basis and play at a high level is not just the physical, it's the mental part of it, and when you're not used to doing it, it trickles into your game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ducks' Allen game-time decision against Kings

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks could use all the big bodies they have against the Los Angeles Kings, and they might not have one of their biggest on the blue line Tuesday night.

Defenseman Bryan Allen did not skate in the morning, although coach Bruce Boudreau said Allen remains a game-time decision with a lower-body injury.

"He'll take warm-up, and we'll see," Boudreau said.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Youthful trio enjoying time with Kings

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – For a few shifts it was like old times for Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Linden Vey. The three have formed the top line for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League at times this season, and Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter put them together briefly Wednesday.

Toffoli has made a case to stay with four points and four assists with a plus-5 rating in nine games, but Pearson and Vey's time appear to be winding down with Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford nearing a return. Carter skated with the team for a second straight day Saturday, before the Kings played the Colorado Avalanche, and Clifford (upper body) told reporters he has been medically cleared.

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Posted On Friday, 11.22.2013 / 3:26 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Jackman looking to add physicality in Ducks' debut

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks will try to end their five-game winless streak with some added grit in their lineup.

Right wing Tim Jackman is expected to make his Ducks debut Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after he was traded to Anaheim from the Calgary Flames. Jackman skated on a line with Matt Beleskey and Daniel Winnik at the morning skate.

Jackman said the writing was on the wall when his playing time was reduced in Calgary. He briefly spoke with coach Bruce Boudreau in the morning about his role.

"He told me he wants me to play hard, play physical," Jackman said. "But be smart. Be a good hockey player. Don't be running around. Because the last time we played here earlier with Calgary I got kicked out of the game [for butt-ending]. My emotions got the best of me."

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