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My name's Eric. I write about the Kings.

Wondering what my username means? http://alumni.ucla.edu/share/ucla-history/songs.aspx

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2014 Stanley Cup Preview: Q&A w/ Blueshirt Banter

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It's the final opposing blog Q&A of the season! Thanks to Evan (@ev_sporer) of Blueshirt Banter for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Head over to Blueshirt Banter to read their p...

2014 Stanley Cup Final Preview: The Forwards

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Most analysts are giving LA the edge here. Are they correct in doing so?

Game Seven, By the Numbers

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A fantastic series culminates in a terrific Game Seven. Hope you like numbers!

Game Seven Recap: "We Won't Go Quietly"

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Alec Martinez gets the game-winner, and LA wins a classic series in dramatic fashion.

GameThread
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Kings @ Blackhawks WCF Game 7: Gamethread

The most entertaining playoff series in years comes to an end tonight. Let's go.

Game Six Recap: Kane Takes Over to Force Game 7

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LA overtakes Chicago in the final period but can't hold on, as Patrick Kane scores the game-winner with 3:45 to go.

5: Kings-Blackhawks WCF Game 6 Preview

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Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center) Time: 6:00 PM PST TV: RDS, CBC, NBCSN Enemy reading: Second City Hockey Blackhawks (projected) lineup: Bickell-Toews-HossaSaad-Shaw-KaneS...

Game 5 Recap: Handzus Wins It In Double OT

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The Kings got goals and got chances, but Michal Handzus (of all people) gave Chicago a dramatic 5-4 win two minutes into the second overtime.

Hawks Shuffle Lines Again; What Does Sutter Do?

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After Joel Quenneville's efforts to shake things up in Game 4, he comes back with another combination of forwards in Game 5.

Valentin Zykov Signed to Entry-Level Contract

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Fresh off of a second straight point-per-game season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Valentin Zykov has been signed to an entry level contract by the Los Angeles Kings. Per Renaud Lavoie of TVA, the contract is for $2.207 million over three years, at an average of just over $735,000 per year. Zykov was the 37th overall pick (and the Kings' first pick) in the 2013 NHL Draft, and though he didn't make a huge jump over the past season, his regular season was consistent and his playoff campaign had plenty of highlights. The 18-year-old left winger is not eligible to play with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL next season, so as John Hoven related, he will likely either return to Baie-Comeau after participating in the Kings' development camp this summer. We voted Zykov #8 in the Top 25 Under 25 last offseason; read Rudy's ode to Zykov right here.

Game Four Recap: Kings Keep Rolling, Take 3-1 Lead

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The Kings stuck to the recent script: special teams success, offense from the blue line, and a little bit of skill from the top six.

Game 3 Recap: Scorching Second Line Lifts LA

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The Kings grab the lead thanks to the efforts of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson

Game One Recap: Kings Run Out of Steam in 3-1 Loss

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The first game of the Western Conference Finals lives up to its billing, but the Kings fall short.

Kings-Hawks Preview: Q&A with Second City Hockey

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Another playoff series, another familiar foe for the Los Angeles Kings. However, in the whirlwind of the last few weeks, we've kind of lost track of the Chicago Blackhawks. Fortunately, Greg from S...

Kings-Hawks Playoff Preview: The Season Series

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The Kings haven't been so hot against Chicago as of late. Any good signs? Perhaps.

Game 7 Recap: Kings Win Pacific Division Final 6-2

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In what was technically the first Pacific Division (and California) Championship game, the Kings dominate.

Gameday Links: California Championship Edition

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Some crazy stuff happening around the league. Let's talk about that later... it's Game Seven (again).

Game Six Recap: One More? Sure, Why Not?

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The Kings return to form, both in style and in effectiveness, with a 2-1 win at Staples. Winner take all matchup, coming up.

Game 5 Recap: Kings Dig Too Deep a Hole

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The Ducks take advantage of brutal defensive-zone play and hold off LA's desperate late charge to earn a 4-3 win.

Game 4 Recap: Gibson Shuts Out Kings, Series Even

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It's not pretty by any means, but Anaheim gets the job done as their rookie goalie earns the shutout in his first playoff start.

Postgame Poll: Hockey is Dumb Sometimes

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John Gibson wasn't going to be beaten tonight, and that's that.

Recap: Kings' Issues Catch Up With Them in Game 3

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The Ducks are more poised, more aggressive, and more effective as they take home their first playoff win over LA.

Anze Kopitar Has a Point Streak

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Anze Kopitar has nineteen points in twelve games, including fourteen points in the first nine games of the 2014 NHL playoffs. Let's take some time to appreciate his recent hot streak.

Game 2 Recap: Kings Hang On, Take Both in Anaheim

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Gaborik and Martinez score early, and Jonathan Quick does the rest.

Game One Recap: Gaborik Steals the Show

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Marian Gaborik scores with seven seconds left in regulation to send Game One to overtime... where he decides to score again and win it for LA.

Kings-Ducks Playoff Preview: Q&A w Anaheim Calling

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Good news! We reached out to our SB Nation counterparts from Anaheim Calling with some questions going into the Pacific Division Finals, and they were kind enough to respond. Kristen (AKA...

Kings-Ducks Playoff Preview: Five Kings to Watch

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We all know about how effective Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, and Drew Doughty were in the #reversesweep. However, this series will hinge on the supporting cast. Here are five players who could be major factors in the second round.

Kings-Ducks Playoff Preview: The Season Series

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The wins and losses tell one story; the possession numbers tell another.

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