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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, Daniel Audette, Pavel Rosa. D - Garry Galley, Rob Blake, Sean O'Donnell, Doug Bodger, Mattias Norstrom, Steve Duchesne, Philippe Boucher. G - Stephane Fiset, Jamie Storr, Manny Legace.


Steve McKenna, lw (abdominal strain, day-to-day). Sandy Moger, rw (back strain, day-to-day); Geoff Courtnall, rw (broken ankle, 2-4 weeks); Eric Lacroix, lw (broken clavicle, a while); Stephane Fiset, g (pulled groin, day-to-day).


Acquired Donald Audette, rw, from Buffalo in exchange for a second-round draft pick; recalled Pavel Rosa, rw, from Long Beach (IHL); recalled Manny Legace, g, from Long Beach.


12/09 Washington    W 2-1
12/12 Vancouver     W 3-0
12/13 at Anaheim    L 3-0
12/17 Islanders     L 5-4
12/19 at St. Louis  L 5-2
12/20 at Chicago    W 4-1


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Dallas            30  19   5   6    44   89   62  
  Phoenix           27  18   5   4    40   78   49  
  Anaheim           31  12  12   7    31   75   73   
  San Jose          30   8  15   7    23   62   71   
  Los Angeles       32   9  20   3    21   70   91


by Matt Moore, Los Angeles Correspondent

So when is going .500 good? When you are the Kings it is. Coming off a horrendous losing stretch where they fell to having the second worst record in the league and wins are good wins. But no matter how good they play, the Kings must find a way to make it tough to be a fan.

Take Rob Blake. He comes back from a broken foot to play in the Canucks game. He can't even finish the game because he decided to slash Harry York. A major and a game misconduct followed as York went down like he had been shot. But what followed pissed off every Kings fan. Colin Campbell decided to treat it like a murder and suspended Blake for three games, two of which were losses. Now I could understand such punishment if Blake had gone up there and done a two-handed baseball swing and broken York's arm. But Blake had only done a little one-handed slash that bruised York's arm. York even played before Blake did. What is really frustrating about this was that Campbell made Blake look like he had killed JFK but didn't do anything about all the cheap shots that Yanic Perreault took from the Canucks. The guy couldn't move without getting punched in the back of the head.

There were two newcomers to the Kings this past week. Pavel Rosa finally made his King debut, coming up from Long Beach. He quickly showed the scorer's touch that the Kings need, scoring two goals in his first game. And he had some pretty good chances to get that hat trick. The scary thing about him is that he plays like a young Luc Robitaille. He's not the greatest skater, but he somehow finds a way to get his stick on the puck near the net.

Also playing for the Kings this week was the recently acquired Donald Audette, who came over from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round draft pick. The Kings then signed him to a two-year deal. He paid off in his first game as a King, scoring a goal. Admittedly it was a fluke goal, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

Luc Robitaille is rapidly approaching his 500th goal with 494 as I write this. He is having his best season in several years, having gone on a recent goal-scoring streak, and has been most of the Kings offense this season. Plus he seems to be a natural fit with Pavel Rosa, so expect both players to have good seasons as a result.

Goaltender Stephane Fiset injured his groin again. This is starting to turn into a lost season for Fiset, and I wonder if he will be able to avoid injury for the rest of the season. Jamie Storr is filling in and causing anxiety as a result. Storr has looked pretty shaky in most of his recent games, allowing in some pretty weak goals, since I was always taught that if the goaltender touches it, the he should have saved it. Three of the goals against the Islanders were pretty sad and that turned out to be the difference in the game.

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