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KINGS NOTEBOOK (Dec. 4)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Following the Kings shootout loss to the Oilers on Monday, the Kings returned to the ice and had a spirited practice from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. before taking a flight to Phoenix for their game tomorrow night.

Here are some quick notes from practice.

KINGS 0-2-0 VS. PHOENIX
The Kings are traveling to Jobing.com Arena looking for their first win vs. Phoenix this season, dropping a 1-0 loss at STAPLES on Nov. 17 and then a 4-1 loss at Phoenix four days later. Ilya Bryzgalov has been a big reason for the two losses as the recently acquired netminder stopped 56-of-57 shots in the two games.

The Kings did not have the same issue with Bryzagalov when he was in a Ducks jersey, beating him on 17-of-20 shots in the Kings 4-1 win in the season lid lifter. Michael Cammalleri scored twice, Rob Blake also scored and Michal Handzus added an empty netter in the win. The only player in the Kings organization to score on Bryzgalov this season is Matt Moulson, in the Coyotes' 4-1 win on Nov. 17.

LABARBERA ON THE MEND; STILL OUT
No. 1 goaltender Jason LaBarbera did not make the trip to Phoenix as he continues to rehab from a rib injury sustained Saturday night at Colorado.

“He’s got cartilidge problems,” Head coach Marc Crawford said. “For the goalie, it's got to be comfort. You're not as worried about him getting hit, although he did get hit on the injury. We're hopeful that it's going to be very quick. There's no question in our minds that he's going to do everything in his power to get back quickly. He's a very industrious young man and he has a work ethic that's really second to none in the goaltending position.

"I've been around a lot of great goaltenders and this guy works as hard as anybody. I think his teammates appreciate that and the medical people appreciate that as well. You love to have motivated people. Motivation is a big part of it.'"

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR KOPI
Anze Kopitar has scored 7-3=10 over his last 11 games and leads the team in scoring with 24 points in 26 games, he is third on the team in assists with 12 and is tied with Michael Cammalleri for the team lead in goals, with 12. He scored 20 goals all of last season.

QUICK, QUICKLY TURNING HEADS
Rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick, who joined the Kings on an emergency recall following the injury to LaBarbera on Saturday, has been impressing the coaching staff and teammates with his strong work ethic.

``He's a hard worker, and you start to see our guy sharpen up with their shooting because he works so hard. Whenever anybody works hard, there's a byproduct that comes from it. The byproduct, hopefully, is sharpness for us," Crawford said."Everybody is getting caught up in it now. We talked about the fact that we want to have more enthusiasm and we want to make sure that we've got team focus, so we're trying to do things that are going to keep us having that as a focus."

FOR KINGS, TWO IS A MAGIC NUMBER

All apologies to School House Rock, but two is a magic number for the Kings. When Los Angeles allows two goals or less on the season they are 7-1-0. When the Kings score two goals or more, the club has posted a 10-6-2 mark.

SULLY PLAYING WELL
Patrick O'Sullivan has scored 1-2=3 over his last three games and his two assists were both pretty passes to set up goals in the loss to Colorado on Saturday. For the season, O'Sullivan has scored 5-5=10 in 26 games while growing into an effective penalty killer.

O'Sullivan has also increased his scoring output, already scoring five goals in 26 games, after scoring just five over 44 games last season. Has scored 7-15=22 over his last 40 games after scoring just 3-4=7 over his first 30 NHL games.

BROWN CONTINUING POINT STREAK
Dustin Brown has a point in five-straight games, scoring 3-4=7 over that span. For the season, Brown has 11-9=20 in 26 games putting the 23-year old winger at 99 career points. 

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