After the Kings 5-1 loss at Dallas on Wednesday night, the players touched down at LAX a little after 1 a.m.. The Kings took to the ice for practice today at noon.
CALDER SCORES HIS 100th CAREER GOAL
Though the Kings did take a loss at Dallas, the lone Kings goal was scored by Kyle Calder, which served as both his first goal/point as a member of the Kings organization as well as his 100th career NHL goal.
“I didn’t even notice until after the game, one of the guys pointed it out to me,” Calder said of the 100-goal milestone. “I didn’t even think about it much, it is a nice milestone, but we lost the game.”
For his career, Calder has scored 100-146=246 in 441 games with the Blackhawks, Flyers, Red Wings and Kings. The eighth-year forward did see some significance in the goal as his first with a new organization.
“It is a fresh start,” Calder said. “I look forward to being here for a lot of years and when we get going here, having some fun.”
Calder has mainly been seen on a line with Derek Armstrong, as the pair has really seam to gel on the ice.
“He is a great hockey player,” Calder said of Armstrong, “he reads the ice well. It is nice to be out there with someone that we have a ‘mojo’ with.”
JOHNSON EARNS HIS FIRST
On the Calder goal, Jack Johnson earned his first NHL point with an assist.
“I knew it would come sooner or later,” the rookie defenseman said. “I’m just happy to get it out of the way. We were trying to get the ball rolling there and to get my first point when we were trying to get something going in the game made me the most happy about it.”
Johnson has scored 0-1=1 in his nine-game NHL career.
The Kings enforcer Raitis Ivanans also earned an assist on the Calder goal, his first point of the year and his fifth assist/ninth point of his career. Ivanans also scored his first career goal against the Stars and has scored 1-1=2 in six games vs. Dallas, tied for the most points he has scored against any one opponent with St. Louis and Anaheim.
When asked about scoring two of his nine points against Dallas and six of his nine against three teams, Ivanans said, “No, there is nothing to it, it is just the luck of the game.”
The Kings will skate at Toyota Center at 10:30 a.m. for a pre-game skate.