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Kings' Carl Hagelin: First point as King
Hagelin dished out an assist and was plus-2 in Monday's win over the Blues.
Hagelin broke his nine-game pointless streak by notching his first point for Los Angeles with an assist on the Matt Luff's game-winning goal. He's averaging over 15 minutes per game and gets work on the penalty kill, and the 32-year-old will look to build on his success Wednesday versus the Avalanche.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Luff: First NHL goal
Luff scored a goal in Monday's win versus the Blues.
Luff, 21, received a pass from Adrian Kempe and rocketed a wrist shot past Jake Allen's glove for the eventual game-winning goal. The Ontario native has normally worked on the fourth line, but he was bumped up to the third unit for this game and played a season-high 14:01. With injuries to Trevor Lewis (foot) and Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Luff will likely remain with the big club until they're healthy.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: First career shutout
Petersen had a 29-save shutout in Monday's win over the Blues.
This is Petersen's first career shutout, and he's been outstanding in his first four NHL appearances, recording a 2-1-0 record and .950 save percentage. At this point, the Kings will ride Petersen's hot hand instead of a more-experienced Peter Budaj until Jonathan Quick returns from a knee injury. Fantasy teams in goaltender-depleted leagues will want to pick up Petersen immediately.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Getting another start
Petersen will start his third straight game versus the Blues on Monday, Louie Korac of NHL.com reports.
Petersen made 38 of a possible 42 save versus the Predators on Saturday for a decent .905 save percentage, which was clearly enough to impress the coaching staff and earn another start. The Waterloo, Iowa native was expected to serve as the No. 2 behind Peter Budaj after Jack Campbell (knee) was injured, but it appears Petersen is taking hold of his opportunity in the NHL and won't easily be bumped from the crease.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Gabriel Vilardi: Nearing return?
Vilardi (back) practiced Monday and should be sent on a conditioning stint in approximately two weeks, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
The 19-year-old is nearing a return to full health after a grueling recovery from a back injury suffered last September. The announcement is a big development in what's been a long, drawn-out rehab process for the 2017 Entry Draft's 11th overall selection. The Kings are clearly anxious to see what they have in the young prospect, who tallied 22 goals and 58 points in 32 games with OHL Kingston last year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Skates Sunday
Quick (knee) skated in full gear Sunday, Kevin Weekes of NHL.com reports.
Quick is still recovering from a knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus back in October. The 32-year-old hasn't begun facing shots again yet, but it appears that his rehab is going according to plan. For now, it appears that he could return sometime in early December.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cole Kehler: Drops back to minors
Kehler was assigned to AHL Ontario on Sunday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Kehler was called up to the injury-depleted Kings in case Peter Budaj couldn't shake an illness. It appears Budaj is cured, so Kehler will drop to the AHL. Once Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell recover from their respective knee issues, Kehler will likely shift down to the ECHL.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Austin Wagner: Moves up a rank
Wagner was recalled by the Kings on Sunday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
The 21-year-old spent five games with AHL Ontario and scored two goals. Wagner will join the Kings for Monday's game versus the Blues, but it's unclear if they'll place him in the lineup immediately. Wager was pointless with a minus-5 rating for the team earlier this year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Tough loss against powerful Preds
Petersen made 38 saves in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Predators. He allowed four goals.
Petersen is the first Kings goalie to start his first two NHL games on back-to-back days since 1967. Unfortunately, getting the call against the efficient and powerful Preds was a tough one. The kid has played solid hockey so far and he'll see more ice time with so many of the Kings' goalies out with injuries. Take a chance. What do you have to lose at this point?... See More ... See Less
Kings' Anze Kopitar: Snaps five-game point drought
Kopitar had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Predators. The points snapped a five-game scoring drought.
Kopitar has been a massive fantasy disappointment this season. Heading into Saturday, he'd put up just six points in 17 games. We hope this is a sign of greatness to come, but we're not holding our breath, either.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Back in crease Saturday
Petersen will start Saturday's road game versus the Predators, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Petersen started his first NHL game Friday night against the Blackhawks and was spectacular, allowing just one goal on 35 shots in the win. The Kings will put the 24-year-old back out there to complete back-to-back games, but this matchup against the Preds will be tougher, as they rank ninth in the league with 3.26 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Paul LaDue: Shaping up as healthy scratch
LaDue, who has missed the past eight games, no longer carries an injury designation, according to Robby Stanley of NHL.com, but the defenseman is still projected to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's road game against the Predators.
LaDue is confirmed to be on the active roster, as opposed to injured reserve. However, the reason for his extended absence was never disclosed.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Carl Hagelin: Set for Kings debut
Hagelin will make his Kings debut against the Predators on Saturday evening following his trade from the Penguins on Wednesday.
Following morning skate, Hagelin told reporters what fans in Los Angeles can expect from him. "I'm a two-way player," he said. "I like to create offense using my speed, getting to pucks, and do my thing below the goal line... then, work hard all over the ice." The veteran winger also has two Stanley Cup wins with Pittsburgh (2016, 2017) on his NHL resume, but he could experience a bit of culture shock moving from a perennial contender to a Kings squad with the fewest amount of points (13) in the league standings.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Tyler Toffoli: Scores fifth goal in win over Hawks
Toffoli scored an unassisted goal on three shots with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 2-1 shootout win over the Blackhawks.
After grabbing the puck just outside his own blue line midway through the second period, Toffoli carried it into the Chicago end and got credit for the first goal of the game when his passing attempt banked into the net off the skate of Duncan Keith. Toffoli snapped a three-game point drought in the process, and the 26-year-old winger now has a respectable five goals and 10 points in 18 games on the season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Makes 34 saves in first NHL win
Petersen stopped 34 of 35 shots, and both attempts he faced in the shootout, during Friday's 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.
The 24-year-old was beaten early in the third period by Brandon Saad to tie the score at 1-1, but he shut down the Chicago attack after that -- including stops against Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the shootout -- to record his first career NHL victory. The Kings are scrambling for help in net with both Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell on IR with knee injuries, so the door is open for Petersen to seize the starting job from Peter Budaj if he continues to perform.... See More ... See Less