Getting to Know: Kings left winger Milan Lucic

Mark Malinowski
Milan Lucic. (Getty Images)

Status: Los Angeles Kings left wing.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 235 pounds
DOB: June 7, 1988 In: Vancouver, B.C.

First Hockey Memory: “I remember me and my older brother (Jovan) were a year apart – just going to the rink in East Vancouver there. Playing with, I guess, at the time it was all of our family, friends. We all played in the same organization so – and I think I started at like 3 1/2 – 4 years old, I was pretty young. And I actually scored in my very very first game. And I still have that puck. And I think that’s definitely my first memory of playing hockey.”

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Watch Anze Kopitar set up Marian Gaborik with brilliant alley-oop bank pass

Jared Clinton
Anze Kopitar flips the puck over Brian Campbell to teammate Marian Gaborik (via NHL/YouTube)

Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar is having a tough year, but the 28-year-old Kings center is starting to heat up just as the quarter-mark of the season is passing by. Heading into Monday night’s game Kopitar had three points in his past two outings, and he kept his point-streaking going in spectacular fashion.

With Marian Gaborik streaking up the ice, Kopitar saw an opportunity for an alley-oop bank pass and flipped the puck into the air, over the head of Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, off the boards and right on to the tape of Gaborik. He didn’t make any mistake on the partial breakaway, either, snapping a quick shot over the glove of Roberto Luongo: Read more

Five slumping stars who are set to break out

Jakub Voracek. (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sometimes, no matter what a star does, the pucks just don’t go in and the assists aren’t piling up. It could be the fault of pucks off of posts, a few bad bounces or simply a string of bad luck.

For five star players, the 2015-16 campaign has been especially unkind. And while players such as Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin can seem to do no wrong, there are those who can’t seem to catch a break. Here are five star players stuck in a slump who look ready to break out: Read more

Report: Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak facing charges for domestic violence, threats

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Patrik Bartosak (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak, who is currently playing in the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs, is facing 12 charges that include domestic violence and threats.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Bartosak, a 22-year-old goaltender from Czech Republic, is facing one felony second-degree assault charge stemming from an alleged attempt to strangle his girlfriend Monday afternoon.

Per the Union Leader: “Seven domestic simple assault charges allege (Bartosak) grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against a wall, put his hand around her neck and choked her, grabbed her right chest and pulled her up off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.”

The report from the Union Leader goes on to state Bartosak allegedly threatened his girlfriend, saying he would “kill (her)” and “punch (her) in the face.” Bartosak also allegedly told his girlfriend, “I hope you know I’m going to knock you out and put you to sleep before I leave.” Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Julien Gauthier gets us pumped up

Julien Gauthier  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can you sense it, folks? It’s almost world juniors time. Sure, the tournament is a month and a half away, but players need to be making impressions on national team brass all the time and for Canadian hopefuls, the CHL-Russia Super Series can be a big boost – just as Lawson Crouse, who caught eyes last year and turned his efforts into gold.

So far, Russia has been blanked, losing all four games to the WHL and OHL. Now it’s the QMJHL’s turn to defend home turf. One player honored with that duty is in our spotlight today. Let’s take a whirl around the world of prospects.

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Getting To Know: Dennis Hextall

Dennis Hextall (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Former NHL left winger from 1967-1980 with Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, California Golden Seals, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals. Currently coaches hockey in Edwards, Colorado at Battle Mountain HS.

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175 pounds
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Suspend them or not: Marc Staal, Antoine Roussel and Ryan Reaves

Ryan Reaves and Anze Kopitar.

It seemed no player in any arena in any game Tuesday night was safe from a questionable hit. Alex Ovechkin, Zac Rinaldo and Anze Kopitar all found themselves on the receiving ends.

First, the Washington Capitals’ Ovie took a spear to the groin from New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal:

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Power Rankings: After the circus, dominant Kings back on top

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Tyler Toffoli goal celebration (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

After the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 overtime win over the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon to give them a 2-0 record in the extra session, defenseman Drew Doughty said, “We don’t know what to do yet.” Kings coach Darryl Sutter then said, “We’re geniuses at it because we’re 2-0. We know everything about it. We’ve got it figured out.”

It’s not the first time Sutter’s players have not seen eye-to-eye with their coach. But there is clearly no discord in Los Angeles these days for a change and it’s showing on the ice. With the carnage of the Slava Voynov and Mike Richards sagas behind them, the Kings have begun to pick up the pieces.

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