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Larry Robinson


C - Jozef Stumpel, Olli Jokinen, Ian Laperriere, Ray Ferraro, Yanic Perreault. LW - Eric Lacroix, Steve McKenna, Vladimir Tsyplakov, Luc Robitaille, Craig Johnson, Josh Green. RW - Russ Courtnall, Nathan LaFayette, Glen Murray, Sandy Moger. D - Garry Galley, Rob Blake, Sean O'Donnell, Doug Bodger, Mattias Norstrom, Steve Duchesne, Philippe Boucher, Jan Nemecek. G - Stephane Fiset, Jamie Storr, Ryan Bach, Manny Legace.


Stephane Fiset, g (groin, dunno); Jamie Storr, g (groin, week or so); Jozef Stumpel, c (hip, could be soon); Doug Bodger, d (broken hand, 4-6 weeks); Rob Blake, d (broken foot, 6-8 weeks); Steve McKenna, lw (abdominal strain, day-to-day); Sandy Moger, rw (back strain, day-to-day).


Recalled Olli Jokinen, c, from Springfield (AHL); recalled Jan Nemecek, d, from Long Beach (IHL); traded Roman Vopat, c, and a draft pick to Colorado in exchange for Eric Lacroix, lw.


10/27  at Islanders   L 1-0
10/28  at New Jersey  W 4-0
10/30  Tampa Bay      L 3-0
11/01  Phoenix        L 3-0
11/05  St. Louis      T 2-2
11/07  Dallas         L 4-3
11/09  at Vancouver   W 4-3


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Dallas            11   7   2   2    16   29   23   
  Phoenix            9   6   2   1    13   27   15   
  Los Angeles       14   5   6   3    13   30   33   
  Anaheim           12   3   5   4    10   26   27   
  San Jose          12   2   6   4     8   28   31


by Matt Moore, Los Angeles Correspondent

It's been a busy two weeks for the Kings.

The main story has to be Rob Blake going down with a broken foot. He broke it when a shot hit him during the game against Tampa Bay. Remarkably he kept on playing for two more games until an MRI showed the break in the bone. Now he's out 6-8 weeks.

Now this injury is a definite blow to the Kings, especially coming on the heels of Doug Bodger breaking his hand. But at least the Kings have some depth at defense this year. Steve Duchesne and Mattias Norstrom are now the two best defensemen on the team, which isn't too bad. Many teams would love to have them be their number one and number two blueliners. But any more injuries and the Kings will be dead in the water.

Manny Legace continues to be the primary goaltender, waiting for the return of the groinically challenged Jamie Storr and Stephane Fiset. He's been spectacular, playing much better than his record shows. This raises a big question: What do you do when you have three darn good goaltenders? Could a trade be on the horizon?

With Jozef Stumpel out with his hip/abdominal problems the Kings were runts at center, with Yanic Perreault being the biggest at 5'11". To remedy that problem, the Kings called up Olli Jokinen (6'2" 210 lbs), their first pick in last year's draft. My hopes were raised by him coming and centering the Luc Robitaille line. The boy (he is 19) has come out and in his first games got himself two points. He has been solid, and I don't think it is coincidence that Luc Robitaille has gotten hot, scoring a goal versus Dallas and two against Vancouver.

The Kings are also being hit hard with injuries to their forwards. Sandy Moger has been out for the past few games with back problems and is day-to-day. Steve McKenna has also gone down with an abdominal strain that he suffered in a fight with St. Louis' Tony Twist.

The Kings offense is improving but still is subpar. They still don't shoot enough and their power play is pitiful if not sad. They are 5 for 62 for the season, which puts them at the bottom of the league. This is real disappointing considering that Steve Duchesne was supposedly going to help.

The Kings penalty-killing teams are not having any such problem. They have been spectacular, with Russ Courtnall and Glen Murray being particularly good. Murray scored the Kings league-leading fifth shorthanded goal against Vancouver, which means that the Kings have scored the same amount of goals shorthanded as they have with the power play. That's odd.

The Kings traded Roman Vopat, who is big but has been a disappointment, to the Colorado Avalanche for winger Eric Lacroix, who returns for his second tour. Lacroix is a solid player who will chip in the stray goal or two but is best known for his chippy play. Now he is going to be paired up with Ian Laperriere, which makes this line one of the harder checking in the league. All in all a good move for everyone, since Vopat was stuck in neutral in LA and Lacroix was being blamed for everything going bad in Colorado.

Trade rumors abound. The Kings are in the market for a scorer, especially with the opening of the Staples Center coming up next season and they need an exciting team to fill the seats. Names that I've heard: Ziggy Palffy of the Islanders, Pavel Bure of the Nux, and Theo Fleury of the Flames. They apparently lust for some of the Kings young players, mostly that pinhead Aki Berg and Josh Green (who isn't a pinhead).

And finally there is good news. Jozef Stumpel is probably going to play in the Calgary game on Nov. 10. That will give the Kings two good offensive centers and also is good news for the Wonder Chimps, Zippy's fantasy hockey team, which depends on Stumpel to step up and beat down the punks on Jim Iovino's and Michael Dell's teams. Lord knows that Iovino needs a beating. But this also means that Ray Ferraro is once again the odd man out. Yanic Perreault has been solid this year and Ian Laperriere is nutso on the "checking" line, which means Ferraro is going to be sitting in the press section wearing a suit often.

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