The Kings skated from 11-12 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday with the Dallas Stars skating later on in the afternoon. Los Angeles has now won three of their last four games to push the record to 4-6-0 on the season with a big match up with Dallas on Thursday.
FROLOV ON FIRE
A lot of attention was paid to Alexander Frolov, who had scored a career-high 35 goals the year before, going without a goal in the Kings first eight games on the season. Frolov has now scored goals in back to back games after scoring at Vancouver on Friday night and again lighting the lamp last night vs. Nashville.
A big reason for the slow start was the nagging groin injury that Frolov suffered during training camp, keeping him out of much of camp and most of the preseason slate.
He is now finding his stride.
“I feel better,” Frolov said. “I had some problems with my groin and missed a lot of training camp. I am getting back in shape and feeling more comfortable on the ice."
Coinciding with his goal scoring outburst has been his pairing with Patrick O’Sullivan and Ladislav Nagy.
“Playing with Nagy and O’Sullivan, we are feeling more comfortable together and playing well together.
“People expect us to create scoring changes and be effective in the offensive zone. Nags is a good player and can protect the puck well, he is a talented play maker. O’Sullivan is a talented player and is strong on the puck we keep getting better every game."
In fact, Frolov has tallied 2-6=8 over his last six games, after scoring just 0-1=1 over his first four games of the season. Nagy has also picked up his scoring touch with 1-3=4 over the last two, while scoring just three points (3a) in the first six games of the season. O’Sullivan had scored in just one of the six previous games and just three of the first eight on the season, but has scored 0-1=1 in the last two games.
LABARBERA GETS A DONUT
Jason LaBarbera stopped 17 shots last night for his second career shutout, his other came April 17, 2006 at San Jose (4-0).
LaBarbera last night attributed much of the success to the play of his teammates.
“[Last night] we didn’t lose a single puck battle and we didn’t turn pucks over. I think earlier in the year we were turning pucks over in bad spots and losing battles along the walls when we shouldn’t have been. We just did a great job of supporting each other.”
LaBarbera has won his last two starts and has stopped 60 of his last 62 (.967%) shots dating back to Oct. 10 at Dallas.
“He thrives, all reports on Jason - when he got on his streak two years ago and last year playing as much as he played in Manchester - everybody seams to believe that he thrives off of work,” Crawford said of LaBarbera. "We can give him a lot of work here, right now, we do not have a taxing schedule. We play every second day for five days and we do not have a lot back to backs like the previous weeks, so we can keep giving Barbs some work.”
PUTTING THE POWER IN POWER PLAY
Last night the Kings went 2-for-5 on the power play extending their streak to six straight games with a power play goal and are 10-for-29 during that stretch (34.5 percent).
The Kings have an NHL-high 14 power play goals, followed by Carolina with 13, Montreal with 11 and five teams with 10. For the season, they are 14-of-58 (24%) which is fourth best in the NHL behind the Islanders at (27%), and Montreal and Carolina at (26%).
“I think the Kings power play has been good for a long time going back to last year. It has been a part of the team that really has not been a concern for the last two years," Kings TV Analyst Jim Fox said. "They have a lot of different pieces with a lot of pieces moving in and out and they have a couple of different units that do completely different things."
Michael Cammalleri has been the most productive piece with six power play goals and one assist. Anze Kopitar leads the team with eight power-play points, chipping in three goals with five helpers and Lubomir Visnovsky leads the team with six power play assists, followed by Kopitar and Alexander Frolov with four helpers each.
Frolov, Dustin Brown, Rob Blake, Kyle Calder and Brad Stuart and have all contributed a goal.
CANCER AWARNESS NIGHT TOMORROW, WEAR YOUR PINK
The Kings will hold Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night tomorrow, Thursday, as part of the Kings-Dallas Stars game at STAPLES Center.
As part of the evening, all Kings players will wear a special patch on their helmets, and all Kings coaches and broadcasters will wear pink ties during the game (Kings mascot Bailey will also wear a pink tie).
“Like many people in the National Hockey League, we take it as a big responsibility to give back to the community and I know it has been very important to the NHL, the fight against cancer, and it is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month,” Fox said of his plans to wear a pink tie tomorrow. “Hockey Fights Cancer has been around for a long time and I think it is great that the NHL is incorporating coaches and broadcasters alike to increase the exposure the better for everyone.”
The Kings and the Kings Care Foundation will also hold a special silent auction that features a “Pink Mystery Puck” sale – autographed pucks will go for $25 as all players and Luc Robitaille autographed pucks will be available. Un-autographed pink pucks are on sale for $15 and Kings defenseman Tom Preissing will autograph his helmet and award helmet to auction winner at the end of the game. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Kings Care Foundation.
The Kings have also partnered with several organizations as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, including Padres Contra El Cancer; Sun Safety for Kids; Women’s Cancer Research Institute; Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Kings-Stars game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., starts with a ceremonial ‘pink puck drop’ as one member from each organization will be on center ice. That game will be broadcast on FSN West, on KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.
SPEAKING OF TV…
The Kings also announced a change in their TV schedule as the following contest will now air on FSN West:
| DAY OF WEEK ||DATE ||OPPONENT ||GAME START TIME |
|Saturday ||Dec. 29 ||At Colorado ||Noon (PT) |
The following Kings contest has been removed from the FSN WEST schedule:
| DAY OF WEEK ||DATE ||OPPONENT ||GAME START TIME |
|Saturday ||Nov. 3 ||Vs. San Jose ||7:30 p.m. (PT) |