Tag Archive for Anze Kopitar

When is Your Checking Line Not Your Checking Line?

I just noticed something fascinating in the Kings exotic stats numbers from the first four games. Actually, I noticed it after game three, but put off mentioning it because I thought maybe it was statistical white noise. I still think it might be. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up. We all…

Kinder Care

Whether the Kings can beat the Sharks tonight will not depend on whether the second line wakes up, Kopitar can hit the net, Quick/Doughty/Simmonds return to pre-nightmare form, or anything else so rational. My theory is: they will win tonight if they don’t freak out. I think the big problem with game #1 — which…

Random Thoughts

Smyth/Kopitar/Williams Frolov/Moller/Brown Purcell/Stoll/Lewis Clune/Handzus/Simmonds Waive Ivanans and Richardson; make a trade for a legitimate enforcer; roll four lines; teach Kopitar to hit the net. I wonder how many goals Loktionov is going to have to rack up before he gets the call despite the fact that he’s got the body of a 12 year old.…

Obviously

Smyth, who was traded to the Kings from the Colorado Avalanche in July, likes what he has seen from his new team thus far. “I think what makes it is the guys here,” Smyth said. “The young guys, they make the locker room feel comfortable. Obviously, the older guys are here which is great but…

[FLASHBACK 10/6/2007] Tonight’s lines – Inside the Kings

Brown-Kopitar-Cammalleri Calder-Armstrong-Frolov Nagy-Handzus-Willsie O’Sullivan-Murray-Ivanans Visnovsky-Blake Stuart-Preissing Modry-Johnson Bernier LaBarbera Tonight’s lines – Inside the Kings. 7 out of 12 forwards from ’07 are gone. Instead of Cammalleri, Calder and Armstrong, we have Smyth, Williams, Stoll and Purcell. On D, on D, 5 of 6 are gone. Only Johnson remains. In goal, well…  

[FLASHBACK 10/?/2008] Lines and pairings – Inside the Kings

Here’s how the Kings skated today: Moulson-Kopitar-Brown Frolov-Stoll-Moller Calder-Handzus-Simmonds Ivanans-Armstrong-Richardson Patrick O’Sullivan and Brian Boyle were the “spare” players today in the green jerseys, but these lines are likely to shift a bit when O’Sullivan is ready. It’s more stable on defense: Johnson-Greene O’Donnell-Doughty Gauthier-Preissing via Lines and pairings – Inside the Kings. Up front, 6…

Last cuts are coming, and my guess at the opening night roster:

[UPDATE: final cuts announced and I was right except for the Bernier/3-goalie plan] Smyth/Kopitar/Williams Purcell/Stoll/Brown Frolov/Handzus/Simmonds Ivanans/Lewis/Harrold (Clune [IR], Richardson) Martinez/Doughty Johnson/Scuderi Drewiske/Greene (SOD/susp.) Quick Ersberg Bernier That’s my guess. Hickey will get sent down; no loss of face there. DL will keep three goalies up and give Bernier a game or two. If he…

The Hockey News: Western Conference predictions

10. Los Angeles. I hate for you to think I’m underestimating the Kings, because I’m not. The job Terry Murray did behind L.A.’s bench last year was phenomenal, their blueline has the potential to be one of the league’s best and individual talents such as Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty are only getting…

Kings Roster Down to 31

*waiver-exempt ^juniors eligibility remaining GOALIES (will re-assign 1) Erik Ersberg Jonathan Bernier* Jonathan Quick* DEFENSEMEN (will re-assign 2-4; depending on how Harrold is employed) Drew Doughty Matt Greene Jack Johnson Sean O’Donnell Rob Scuderi Joe Piskula* Andrew Campbell* Alec Martinez* Thomas Hickey* Davis Drewiske* FORWARDS (will re-assign 4-5) Ryan Smyth Anze Kopitar Jarret Stoll Justin…