The Kings have acquired 28-year-old forward Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick, a 2012 conditional second-round pick, and defenceman Colten Teubert.
Here’s Kings general Manager Dean Lombardi, talking about his outstanding trade, bringing another 20-goal scoring to Los Angeles.
And here’s coach Terry Murray, talking to NHL ON The Fly.
The Kings returned to Staples after their successful five game road trip, But who did they find coming in to greet them? Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils…
(Video of Ilya Kovalchuk, then Williams’ goal)
Despite being shunned by Kovalchuk in the offseason, it was business as usual for the Kings. Justin Williams got the scoring started in the first period on a delayed shot, bedeviling Marty Brodeur and scored his third goal in three games.
(Handzus’ goal to make it 2-0)
Then on the power play in the second period, Michal Handzus fought for a rebound and was able to sneak one past Brodeur to make it 2-0.
(Stoll’s backhand goal)
Jarret Stoll had the assist on both of the Kings goals earlier in the game, and added a goal later in the second period, when he backhanded a fat rebound to regain their two-goal lead.
(Quick’s save of Kovalchuk)
After a furious third period that saw Jonathan Quick making 20 saves, the Kings shut down Kovalchuk and the Devils, 3-1.
So, my last Three Questions were admittedly a bit soft, but I feel I should answer them anyway.
(Simmonds on the bench, faceoff and hammering a Devil into the board)
Question No.1: Did Wayne Simmonds play against the Devils after leaving the Blackhawks game with an injury? Even though he only had one hit and one shot, Simmonds gutted out his injury and was able to log over 16 minutes of ice time.
(Matty Norstrom video, teammates Ian Laperriere and Rob Blake)
Question No. 2 : How would Kings fans respond to Mattias Norstrom on Matty Norstrom Appreciation Night? Well, like you would figure, everyone loved Matty. But the real crowd response was when several of Matty’s teammates came out in support, including a raucous ovation for fan favorite ian Laperriere. Rob Blake was also in attendance, and actually received more cheers than jeers. Have Kings fans forgiven the highest scoring defenseman in franchise history? I hope so.
And Question No. 3: How did the Ice Girls look in their Halloween costumes? Well, let’s take a look.
(Montage of Ice Girls in costumes, including shots from Mike Zampelli)
We had an ice pirate, a cop and robber, Wonder Woman… Catwoman and a female Robin. Yeah, they didn’t disappoint.
So now, after four days off, the Kings return to the rink of battle to take on the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning, who are currently first in the Southeast Conference. And I have Three Questions about this Clash of Titans.
(Footage of the Lightning’s power play)
Question No. 1: The Lightning have arguably the best special teams in the NHL, currently ranked fourth on the power play and third on the penalty kill. How will the Kings’ special teams fare against Steve Yzerman’s balanced club?
(AP pics from Wednesday’s Lightning/Ducks game)
Question No. 2: The Lightning will play Anaheim on Wednesday as part of their West Coast swing where they have gone 2-0 so far. Will the Ducks be able to soften up the Bolts so the Kings can take advantage?
(Drew Doughty’s injury footage and Drew in the press box)
And Question No. 3: Drew Doughty has been cleared to return to action after missing six games with an apparent concussion. How will Doughty respond in his first game back from injury?