Stadium Series: Kings coach Darryl Sutter offers his pick for the entertainment

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Kings coach Darryl Sutter definitely has his likes and dislikes. When asked about John Fogerty performing during the intermission of the Stadium Series game Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, Sutter said he had his own preference.

“Johnny Cash,” Sutter said.

Cash is no longer with us, sadly, as reporters pointed out to Sutter.

 

 

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Stadium Series: Injured Kings defenseman Alec Martinez doesn’t make trip

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)

 

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez didn’t make the trip to Santa Clara for the Stadium Series game Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. He remained behind in Southern California, on the mend from a concussion suffered in a Feb. 7 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kings coach Darryl Sutter provided no new details on Martinez’s return from the head injury, other than to say the Stanley Cup Final hero was riding a stationary bicycle and not cleared to resume skating.

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Pregame reading: Los Angeles Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. TV/Radio: FSW, 790-AM

The Kings got an unexpected day off from coach Darryl Sutter on Sunday after taking a 3-1 victory Saturday from the Washington Capitals, their fourth consecutive win. The Kings’ streak began with a 4-2 victory Feb. 7 over the Lightning in Tampa. Although they have played a good deal better in all three zones, and in goal, the Kings (25-18-12) remain on the outside of the playoff picture. Three points and two teams separated the Kings from the final wild-card spot at the start of business Sunday. The Kings are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, but the Minnesota Wild, the team that’s one point ahead of them in the standings, is 8-0-2. Tyler Toffoli has five goals and seven points during a four-game point streak. The Lightning are 35-17-6 after Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Sharks in San Jose. Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading 30th goal and Ben Bishop stopped 33 shots in Tampa’s win.

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Coach Darryl Sutter passes Larry Robinson for fourth place on L.A. Kings all-time wins list

Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Darryl Sutter won his 123rd game as coach of the Kings when they defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Saturday at Staples Center. Sutter moved into sole possession of fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list, passing Larry Robinson.

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Meet That 70s Line 2.0, the line that’s been carrying the L.A. Kings

Tomorrow’s notebook lead today …

The good news for the Kings is a line centered by Jeff Carter is carrying the team again, leading it to three consecutive victories. The bad news is a line centered by Carter is carrying the team again, leading it to three consecutive victories.

Carter and wingers Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli ignited a 6-1-1 start to the season for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. Now, with Pearson sidelined by a broken leg, Dwight King has joined Carter and Toffoli, and if the Kings are a one-line team again, then so be it.

Meet That 70s Line 2.0.

Toffoli recorded his first NHL hat trick and added an assist in the Kings’ 5-3 victory Thursday over the Calgary Flames. Carter had three assists and King had one goal and one assist in the pivotal third period, when the Kings broke open a close game.

Thursday’s game had the look and feel of a Kings contest from October, when That 70s Line ran wild. It was a short-lived hot streak for the three players with uniform numbers in the 70s, and the Kings came crashing to earth and, ultimately, out of a playoff position.

When coach Darryl Sutter shifted King onto the line with Carter and Toffoli, things began to click offensively again. Maybe it’s the uniform numbers. After all, King wears No. 74 on his jersey, joining No. 77 Carter and No. 73 Toffoli.

Whatever it is, the Kings couldn’t have won Thursday without That 70s Line.

“We’ve been trying to kind of work from our end out, the whole team,” Carter said of his line’s standout play during a three-game winning streak. “I think it’s been coming along, especially near the end of the road trip we saw it paying off for us. And again tonight.”

Toffoli, in particular, was superb against Calgary.

“He came back from his mono and had a really good couple of games and then he probably hit the wall a little bit,” Sutter said, referring to a bout of mononucleosis that sidelined Toffoli for six games last month. “Then the last three or four games, I think he and the line have carried us.”

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Morning reading: A look at the L.A. Kings from the Great White North

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Damien Cox of Canada’s sportsnet.ca, one of the best in the business, offers a few thoughts about the state of the Kings leading into the March 2 trade deadline. It’s worth a look. Here’s the link: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/deadline-decisions-can-kings-afford-to-boost-blueline/

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L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s quote of the day

Darryl Sutter. (Photo/Dustin Snipes in Los Angeles Magazine)

Darryl Sutter. (Photo/Dustin Snipes in Los Angeles Magazine)

 

Here’s Kings coach Darryl Sutter talking Wednesday morning about “the process” and whether it’s working again after victories in the last two games of the team’s five-game trip: “We’ve been an exceptional home team and a not exceptional road team. Basically, we come home now for three again, and work at that.”

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L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s quote of the day

Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Kings coach Darryl Sutter. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The Kings lost their third consecutive game, a 3-2 come-from-ahead defeat Thursday to the Florida Panthers. They have lost seven of their last nine and are mired in a prolonged road slump that’s resulted in a tie with the lowly Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers for the fewest wins away from home this season (five). Here’s what Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters in Sunrise, Fla., when asked what it would take to snap from their funk: “Probably win the next game. Logical, isn’t it?”

 

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L.A. Kings visit White House

One of the many perks of winning a championship is getting to meet the president and visiting the White House. It’s the Kings’ turn Monday after winning the Stanley Cup last June. Actually, they’re there with the MLS Cup champion Galaxy, their AEG brethren. The meet and greet starts at 11 a.m. President Obama will say a few words and joke with Kings coach Darryl Sutter about growing up tough on the Alberta farm and praise captain Dustin Brown, a nice lad from upstate New York. The whole thing will take 15 minutes or so.

We’ll have the transcript here later.

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