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Kings' Sean Walker: Returned to AHL affiliate
The Kings assigned Walker to AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
The Kings are off until Feb. 2 due to the NHL's All-Star break, so Walker will head to the minors so he can continue to play during the big club's hiatus. The 24-year-old forward has notched three points in 19 NHL appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Austin Wagner: Reassigned to minors
Wagner was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Tuesday.
The Kings are off until Feb. 2 due to the All-Star break and ensuing bye week, but Wagner will be kept busy in the AHL. Selected in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2015 draft, the winger has shown plenty of promise based on four goals and five assists through 34 games and 8:24 of average ice time.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Dustin Brown: Nabs helper in win
Brown registered an even-strength assist in Monday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
Brown has been spectacular this month, with the winger recording exactly one point (one goal, six assists) in seven of 10 games. With rocket launcher Ilya Kovalchuk back on the top line opposite Brown, the latter has scaled back on his shot attempts for an increased emphasis on the passing game.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Drew Doughty: Tacks on goal
Doughty lit the lamp and logged 28:36 TOI in Monday's win over the Blues.
Doughty went seven straight games without a goal heading into this contest, but he broke that streak on the power play off a one-timer from Anze Kopitar. The veteran blueliner now has five goals and 28 points in 50 games and continues to manage an average of 26:42 of ice time along with substantial power-play minutes.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Brendan Leipsic: Second two-point outing
Leipsic scored a goal and added a helper in Monday's win over the Blues.
Leipsic picked up a turnover late in the first period and set up Tyler Toffoli to cut the Blues' lead to one. He later assisted Paul LaDue's game-winning goal. Leipsic was pointless in three straight entering this contest, but he broke out of the rut with his second two-point game of the season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Anze Kopitar: Notches two points
Kopitar scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Blues.
Kopitar set up Drew Doughty's power-play goal in the second period, and he netted one of his own on a two-on-one late in the same frame. Kopitar is having a stellar beginning to 2019 with five goals and eight points in nine games. He now has a long break with the Kings' next game Feb. 2 versus the Islanders.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Paul LaDue: Unlikely hero Monday
LaDue scored the game-winning goal Monday versus the Blues.
LaDue was a healthy scratch for 10 straight games and 18 of the last 22, but he was the hero in this outing. LaDue hauled in a pass from Brendan Leipsic and rocketed a slap shot past Jordan Binnington to mark his first goal since Oct. 7. However, the recency bias of this performance may wear off before the Kings' next game versus the Islanders on Feb. 2, so he's not guaranteed to stay out of the press box then.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Tyler Toffoli: Rings up two points
Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Blues.
Brendan Leipsic picked up a turnover in the offensive zone and dished it to Toffoli, who had the whole net open, and Toffoli didn't miss. He added a secondary assist on Paul LaDue's game-winning goal. Toffoli now has four points in the last four games.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Marks milestone win
Quick steered away 33 of 36 shots in Monday's win over the Blues.
Quick was yanked from Saturday's loss to the Avalanche but bounced back in a big way Monday. It continues to be difficult for Quick to mark the win column behind the league's lowest-scoring offense. With this victory, Quick registered his 302nd career win, passing Hall of Fame backstop Mike Richter for fourth among United States-born goaltenders.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Looking to bounce back versus Blues
Quick will start Monday's day game against St. Louis, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Quick was pulled in his last start after allowing five goals on 22 shots. The American-born netminder has carried the load in net for L.A., starting all but six games since returning from a knee injury that caused him to miss significant time. The Blues meanwhile have struggled for most of the season but come into Monday's contest with a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 contests. Given the Kings' struggles, we'd recommend avoiding Quick (even on his birthday).... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Luff: Sent down to Reign
Luff was assigned to AHL Ontario on Monday.
Luff has not recorded an NHL point since Dec. 23 and now will return to AHL Ontario, where the forward has notched 12 points in nine games. The 21-year-old does not belong on any fantasy radars at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Oscar Fantenberg: Won't play Monday
Fantenberg (lower body) will miss Monday's game against the Blues, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
While the 27-year-old has been ruled out for Monday's contest, Fantenberg is expected to be good to go once the Kings reconvene following the All-Star break. If all goes according to plan, he will be back in LA's lineup Feb. 2 versus the Islanders.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Trevor Lewis: Still not skating
Lewis (foot) has yet to begin skating but is "getting close to going on [the] ice by himself", Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Lewis remains sidelined with a foot injury that has limited the 32-year-old to just 17 games this season. He last played Nov. 13 but could return as soon as Feb. 2 versus the Islanders. The veteran right winger will benefit from an extended layoff, as the All-Star break is set to commence following his team's game Monday against St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jack Campbell: Appears in relief
Campbell appeared in relief Saturday and stopped 16 of 18 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Avalanche.
So, Campbell continues to outpace stud battery-mate Jonathan Quick, who allowed five goals and made just 17 saves. But playing on a bad Kings squad makes him little more than a matchups guy.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Buried by Avalanche
Quick was pulled Saturday after allowing five goals on 22 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Avalanche.
The Kings were buried by wave after wave of snowy offense and had zero response. Quick remains the Kings' sole line of defense most nights. He's a stud, but he can't save his team. And he can't save your fantasy squad. There's always next year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Oscar Fantenberg: Unavailable against Colorado
Fantenberg (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Avalanche, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Fantenberg will miss a second consecutive game Saturday, but he's still considered day-to-day, which suggests he could return as soon as Monday against St. Louis. Either way, there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his availability, as he's only notched one assist in 35 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Ready for action
Quick led the Kings to the ice for warmups Saturday, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. As a result, the goalie will be the road starter versus the Avalanche.
Forty saves weren't enough for Quick in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild, and now he's about to battle an Avalanche team with a top line that's combined for 191 points through 47 contests. Quick is arguably the Kings' best penalty killer, which doesn't bode well in this matchup against the league's seventh-best offense.... See More ... See Less