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Kings’ Mini Season: 20 Games Till the Olympic Break

7 against the East: WAS, BUF, TOR, BOS x2, NJD, NYR 13 against the West: SJS x3, DET x3, ANA x3, STL, CBJ, EDM, COL against teams ahead of the Kings league-wide: 7 against the 7 teams in the 3rd to 10th log-jam: (4) DET x3, COL back-to-back: (1) NJD, 1/31 after BOS 1/30 two days off: 5 one day off: 14 home/away: 13/7 Kings are…

Kings First Semester Grades

[NOTE: Player grades are, first of all, capricious, pretentious and stupid; second, players are graded against themselves, not against each other; i.e. a knuckle-dragger A+ doesn’t mean he’s better than a superstar with a C] Smyth: Transformed Kopitar, exceeded all expectations, then got hurt, and Kopitar turned into last year’s model. A Simmonds: After stunning…

Kings Prospects at WJC: @SLAM!Sports

GOAL OF THE GAME Brandon Kozun took a long stretch pass, but slowed down and waited for his linemates to catch up, then fed the puck cross-ice to Brayden Schenn for a pretty one-timer. HIT OF THE GAME It was a tough shift for Slovak captain Jakub Gasparovic, who got run over by Canadian D…

From The Calgary Sun: Canada a crunchin’ bunch

Team Canada has plenty of tournament time to prove they can light the lamp. Last night’s exhibition tilt against Team Finland at the Saddledome was all about sending a message with their shoulders — and maybe the occasional elbow, too. The result was a bunch of battle-weary Finns not keen on carrying the puck any…