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  • Oilers Defeat Kings in Playoff Game

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 16, 2024

    In Game 4, of the First Round of the Western Conference Stanley Cup playoffs between the L.A. Kings and Edmonton Oilers at Crypto.com Arena, the highlight was the outstanding goaltending of Oilers netminder Stuart Skinner. The Oilers dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl typically get all the attention, but it was Skinner's night. Skinner saved all 33 shots, giving the Oilers a 1-0 shutout and a 3-1 lead in the seven game series heading back to Edmonton on Wednesday where the Oilers...

  • Kings Face Elimination in Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 2, 2024

    IIn Game 4, of the First Round of the Western Conference Stanley Cup playoffs between the L.A. Kings and Edmonton Oilers at Crypto.com Arena, the highlight was the outstanding goaltending of Oilers netminder Stuart Skinner. The Oilers dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl typically get all the attention, but it was Skinner's night. Skinner saved all 33 shots, giving the Oilers a 1-0 shoutout and a 3-1 lead in the seven game series heading back to Edmonton on Wednesday where the Oilers...

  • L. A. Kings Lose Home Opener to Colorado Avalanche

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 19, 2023

    The LA Kings season home opener was played on Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but the upside is that the fans got to see newly acquired left-winger Pierre-Luc Dubois, a young player whose star is rising that the Kings have high hopes to help resurrect the team, and restore them to playoff contenders. The Kings administration must have confidence By in him blossoming into an elite player. They traded Gabriel Vilardi, Alex Iafallo, Rasmus Kupari and a second-round draft pick...

  • NHL to suspend play until further notice, due to coronavirus

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Mar 19, 2020

    The Los Angeles Kings hockey team was on a roll closing out the regular season, gaining momentum, beating playoff-caliber teams, had a win streak of seven games which was best in the Western Conference, and then on Wednesday, Rudy Gobert of the NBA's Utah Jazz was diagnosed with the coronavirus which started a ripple-effect throughout the sports world. On Thursday, the NHL made a decision to suspend play until further notice, which came less than 24 hours after the NBA suspended its schedule....

  • Kings Fire Coach, General Manager

    Apr 13, 2017

    What have you done for me lately? That could be the topic in the LA Kings’ office today following the firing of coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi. The pair had guided the Kings to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 but lost their jobs following three disappointing seasons. The Kings missed the playoffs twice, including this season and lost in the first playoff round the other year. Dan Beckerman, CEO of the Kings’ parent company, AEG said high expectations go along with the two recent championships but said the Kin...

  • Coaching In The NHL; Who's The Best?

    Kay Douglas|Mar 16, 2017

    What does it takes to be a good coach in the NHL? Better yet, what does it take to be a great NHL coach? Is it the most wins? Is it the most Stanley Cups won? Or is it a popularity contest among the players? Who will push them harder, keep them playing past the point of exhaustion, and make them want to play through the pain of broken bones and stitches still healing? After regular season games have been played and the playoff positions are set coaches are left to motivate their players through...

  • Coaching In The NHL; Who's The Best?

    Special to the Observer|Feb 23, 2017

    What does it takes to be a good coach in the NHL? Better yet, what does it take to be a great NHL coach? Is it the most wins? Is it the most Stanley Cups won? Or is it a popularity contest among the players? Who will push them harder, keep them playing past the point of exhaustion, and make them want to play through the pain of broken bones and stitches still healing? After regular season games have been played and the playoff positions are set coaches are left to motivate their players through dislocated shoulders, lingering concussions, and...

  • NHL Is Taking Concussions More Seriously

    Kay Douglas|Dec 15, 2016

    In all fairness, I should begin by admitting that one of the reasons I’ve been a hockey fan for so many years is because it’s a serious contact sport and it moves fast, waiting for no one. However, one of the most frightening sights is seeing a player checked from behind, sending the player head first into the boards hard enough to snap their head back. Generally this kind of hit drops the player to the ice, unconscious or significantly dazed. One of the issues I have with the current NHL Com...

  • NHL: Trades and More Trades Even Gretzky Was Traded

    Kay Douglas|Dec 1, 2016

    Twenty-eight years ago the Edmonton Oilers rocked the sports world when they traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for $15 million. The trade also included two or three additional players, and draft picks, but for the cash-strapped Oilers it was strictly a business deal. Every year NHL coaches spend countless hours in offices and on their cell phones, speaking with scores of players, including draft picks and unrestricted free agents who are free to negotiate and sign contracts with any...

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