Kings’ Gaborik injured after knee collides with Rangers’ Moore

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Marian Gaborik (via Streamable)

With a six-point lead atop the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is all but certain to end up in the post-season. Really, the only concern was whether or not the Kings could stay healthy en route to the playoffs. It appears the Kings have hit their first bump in that road Friday night against the New York Rangers.

Late in the first period, Marian Gaborik was backchecking while Rangers center Dominic Moore attempted to chip the puck into the Kings’ zone. In an attempt to stay onside, Moore slowed up which resulted in Gaborik colliding knee-on-knee with Moore. Gaborik was spilled to the ice and remained down for a few moments before skating gingerly off the ice: Read more

Bruins pay tribute to Lucic, who responds with goal, assist and salute to the fans

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Milan Lucic (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the past eight seasons, no player encapsulated the big, bad attitude of the Bruins quite like Milan Lucic. But with changes necessary in the off-season, Boston shipped Lucic to Los Angeles. In his first return to Beantown, though, the Bruins and the fans at TD Garden made sure to let Lucic know they appreciated all he did while wearing the Spoked ‘B’.

During a stoppage in the first period, the Bruins ran a video package paying tribute to Lucic. The package, set to Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, shows the former Bruin doing work in the community, dropping the gloves, throwing a few big hits and highlights his Stanley Cup victory with Boston in 2011. After the package, Lucic saluted fans and received a standing ovation from the Bruins faithful: Read more

Five players who could go out on top this season

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The question everyone wanted answered following Sunday’s Super Bowl was if it was the final game of Peyton Manning’s career.

Manning, 39, has been one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, and while Sunday may not have been the best game of his career, it would be a fitting, storybook ending to his career.

The possibility of Manning retiring on top hits home across professional sports. It’s the way every player wants to go out, but the way few rarely get to. That said, we’ve seen similar retirements in the NHL before. Most famously, there was Ray Bourque’s Stanley Cup-winning goodbye to the league. After him, there was Mark Recchi’s post-Cup retirement announcement, and the pre-Cup announcement from Kimmo Timonen in 2014-15 that, Stanley Cup or not, he was hanging up his skates following the season. Luckily, his career got to end with him triumphantly hoisting the Cup.

One player missing from our list of five who could go out on top is Jaromir Jagr. The 43-year-old has made it clear he’s got at least one more year in him. So, whether the Panthers win it all or come up short, he’s not going out on top if he wins this season. Here are five players without contracts for next season who stand a chance to make their last on-ice moment include the Stanley Cup: Read more

Louis Domingue allows another goal from center ice, this one to Dustin Brown

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Louis Domingue (via Streamable)

Only three days ago, Arizona Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue was named the NHL’s rookie of the month. It was a fitting honor for the Coyotes goaltender, who has been stellar in his appearances with starting netminder Mike Smith on the shelf.

But for as good as Domingue has been, he may have to start scouting the opposition for Dustins. In Domingue’s final game before the all-star break, he squared off against the Winnipeg Jets and allowed Dustin Byfuglien to score on a blast from center ice. Those goals happen, though, and Domingue shook it off as well as he could. In fact, he probably wasn’t thinking about it all heading into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Maybe he should have been, though.

In the second period against Los Angeles, Kings captain Dustin Brown was carrying the puck through the neutral zone and stepped across center ice before rifling a puck from the red line towards Domingue. As Domingue’s awful luck would have it, the puck bounced a few feet in front of him and completely changed course. Read more

Getting to Know: Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans

Mark Malinowski
Daryl Evans.

Status: Former NHL left wing from 1981-1991 with Los Angeles, Washington, and Toronto. Currently serves as radio analyst for Los Angeles.

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 pounds
DOB: January 12, 1961 In: Toronto, Ontario

Hockey Inspirations: “Probably to push the game on to the next generations coming. It’s been great being involved in the game on so many different levels. Now being able to give back… a lot of it is very rewarding.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “At that time there were only six teams in the NHL. I can’t say the exact first. One of the first things that stand out to me was in ’72 watching the Team Canada play against the Russians in Maple Leaf Gardens when they played in that series in ’72 and it was a game I still remember the score. Canada won by a score of 4-2. I remember going to that game it was real special. Saw the practice in the mornings as well.”

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Stars, Kings, Panthers headline best of 2014-15 non-playoff teams

Tyler Seguin rises to fourth in the rankings. (Getty Images)

The NHL All-Star weekend mostly gives players and teams a reprieve from the rigors of a long, tough season.

But as soon as it ends Sunday evening, it’s back to reality.

That signals crunch time, especially for teams that were on the outside of the playoff picture last April.

Each team has between 29 and 35 games remaining – those at the top of the standings are probably feeling pretty confident about a return to the post-season, while those on the outside know the margin for error is minute.

Here’s a quick look at the non-playoff teams from 2014-15 that have greater than a 50 percent chance making the dance, courtesy of sportsclubstats.com. It’s worth noting that the first four on this list are in the top six overall in terms of likelihood of making the playoffs.

Dallas Stars – 31-14-5, 99.8 percent
Led by the dynamic all-star duo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, the Stars are near locks to continue playing after the regular season ends. While they’ve cooled off since winning 19 of their first 24 games by the end of November, they remain second in the Central Division. The Stars are three points behind Chicago, but with three games in hand. They are the league’s highest-scoring team with 160 goals for.

Los Angeles Kings – 30-16-3, 99.6 percent
The 2014 Stanley Cup champions were squeezed out of the playoffs last season, allowing the Calgary Flames to sneak in as the Pacific Division’s third season. They’re not taking any chances in 2015-16. Darryl Sutter’s crew has been the class of the division for the entire way. Backed by a league-high 56 percent Corsi, according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com, Los Angeles holds a seven-point lead over second place San Jose.

Florida Panthers – 29-15-5, 99.1 percent
Only twice since the turn of the century has Florida reached the playoffs – in 2000 and 2012. Barring a massive late-season collapse, there will be one more appearance to add to that list. Buoyed by a recent 12-game winning streak, the Panthers sit atop the Atlantic Division with a five-point lead on their intrastate rivals, the 2015 Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay Lightning.

San Jose Sharks – 26-18-4, 94.2 percent
The Sharks missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2003. That led to a coaching change. Peter DeBoer came in. Todd McLellan went out. The Sharks also have a new starting goaltender. They acquired Martin Jones in the hours before the NHL draft. The former Calgary Hitmen goalie is 23-13-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

Boston Bruins – 26-18-5, 80.9 percent
Coach Claude Julien was said to be on the hot seat after the Bruins missed the playoffs last season. However, he survived and has guided Boston to the fourth seed in the Atlantic Division at the break. They’re holding down the first wild card position with a three-point advantage on Pittsburgh and New Jersey.

Colorado Avalanche – 27-22-3, 61.4 percent
Patrick Roy was the beneficiary of Semyon Varlamov’s .927 save percentage as well as some good luck when he had to pull him early in 2013-14. But the bubble burst and the Avalanche tumbled from first to last in the Central Division. Colorado won five of its final six games heading into the All-Star Game and sits fourth in the division. The first wild card spot is in the Avs’ possession, too.

Report: Los Angeles to host 2017 All-Star Game

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Fans pose for a photo outside the STAPLES Center prior to a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks (Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings will be celebrating their 50th anniversary by hosting next season’s All-Star Game.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, the NHL is likely to name the Kings the host of the 2017 all-star festivities. It had been long-rumored that Los Angeles was in the running to get the game, but TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported Thursday afternoon the league is “expected” to make the announcement of the Kings as the host. Read more

Watch Jonathan Quick rob Jarome Iginla with incredible stick save on airborne puck

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Jonathan Quick (via NHL/YouTube)

Jonathan Quick doesn’t rank top 10 in either save percentage or goals-against average, but there are times when he’s manning the net for the Los Angeles Kings that Quick makes a save so spectacular it’s confounding anyone is ever able to get a puck past him.

Quick turned in one of those spectacular efforts Wednesday evening against the Colorado Avalanche with what was “best save” both Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene said they had ever seen, according to NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire.

In the third period, the Kings held a 3-2 lead when they turned the puck over in their own zone. MacKinnon was the first to the puck and he fired a shot high blocker, which Quick pushed away and into the air where it was batted by Colorado’s Jarome Iginla towards the net. Quick, with a split-second reaction time, swung his stick and batted the puck over his own head to send it out of harm’s way before it could get any closer to crossing the goal line: Read more