Kings’ Stoll (upper body) out vs. Preds

The L.A. Kings will be without forward Jarret Stoll tonight when they play host to the Nashville Predators.

According to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, Stoll is out with an upper body injury.

“He didn’t skate yesterday and he didn’t skate today, so he’s probably not going to be available tonight,” said Darryl Sutter.

Stoll has six goals and 15 points to go along with a plus-4 rating while averaging 15:41 in time on ice in 67 games this season.

Andy Andreoff is expected to take Stoll’s spot in the lineup.

Andreoff, 23, has appeared in 13 games this season for the Kings registering 16 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.

Still no deal between Williams and cap-strapped Kings


Kings forward and reigning Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams said in mid-January he wanted to stop new contract talks until the offseason — but it sounds like he and the Kings didn’t leave those discussions in a very productive place.

“They have respected our position of leaving negotiations until after the season,” Williams’ agent, Thane Campbell, told ESPN this week. “That being said, they have obviously not accepted our most recent contract position.”

Williams, 33, is in the last of a four-year, $14.6 million deal with a $3.65M annual cap hit. While his points-per-game average has dipped steadily over the last five seasons, he’s still on pace for around 20 goals and 40 points and remains one of the most productive postseason players in the league, having won three Stanley Cups while racking up 78 points in 115 career playoff games.

But it sure sounds like he and Campbell aren’t ready to budge off their latest offer.

Back in January, Campbell basically said what he told ESPN this week, explaining that the plan was to hold off on negotiations… but adding that, if L.A. was to accept their demands, Williams would sign immediately.

“Our intention is to leave negotiations until after the season,” he said. “However, if they accepted our current position at any time, the deal would get done. We are not removing our last offer from the table and I believe they understand our position has little flexibility.”

The Kings and GM Dean Lombardi have been very active recently, re-signing Jordan Nolan (three years, $2.85 million) and Kyle Clifford (five years, $8 million). Lombardi also acquired Andrej Sekera from Carolina and questions have already been asked about Sekera signing an extension, not unlike what Marian Gaborik did following his trade from Columbus.

Sekera and Williams won’t be the only Kings needing a new deals this summer. Jarret Stoll will go unrestricted on July 1, and prized rookies Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson will become RFAs.

Kings maintain much needed hot streak by besting Capitals


Just when it was starting to look like the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings wouldn’t even make the playoffs, they’ve managed to breathe new life into their season. Los Angeles earned a 3-1 victory over Washington tonight to walk away with their fourth straight win.

That’s the Kings’ longest winning streak since they claimed six games consecutively from Oct. 12-26. It also comes at a critical time as Minnesota has been red hot while Winnipeg has rebounded and Calgary continues to hold its own. Those three squads are among the Kings’ chief rivals in the Wild Card race and they would have given up two points worth of ground to all three of them tonight if the Kings didn’t beat Washington.

Los Angeles has goaltender Jonathan Quick to thank for Saturday’s outcome as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots. The Kings also got offensive contributions from rare sources as Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, and Jarret Stoll each found the back of the net.

Washington fell to 1-1-0 in its challenging four-game road trip. It will continue with a game against Anaheim on Sunday and then a contest in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Kings score twice in 53 seconds to top Canucks


Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scored less than a minute apart Thursday night as the L.A. Kings edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

With the win, the Kings (19-12-8) leapfrog the Canucks (21-11-3) into second place in the Pacific Division. L.A. also avoided a sixth straight road loss with the victory.

With Canucks’ defenseman Ryan Stanton in the box serving a hooking minor, Williams beat Ryan Miller over the shoulder for his ninth of the season at 17:53 of the third tying it 2-2.

Then at 18:46, Stoll netted the game-winner with his fourth of the season.

Despite being out-shot 30-10 through two periods, the Canucks held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Alex Burrows opened the scoring 12:18 of the first with his ninth of the season.

Vancouver then took a 2-0 lead scoring on their first shot of the second period.

Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 15th at 3:39 of the second. The Canucks had just two shots on goal in the middle frame.

Dwight King had the other Kings goal.

Jonathan Quick made 14 saves for the win. Miller stopped 37 shots in the loss.

Coyotes hold team meeting following loss to the Kings


Dustin Brown scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his sixth career shutout as the L.A. Kings blanked the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 Thursday night.

The loss was the Coyotes sixth straight at home tying a franchise record.

The Coyotes have gone 172:23 without scoring a goal at home – a stretch of over two and a half games.

Following Thursday’s loss the team held a 20-minute team meeting.

“Everyone had an opportunity to kind of express themselves and what they think,” said captain Shane Doan. “It’s important that we understand that no one’s going to feel sorry for you. They’ll be a lot of people pointing fingers from the outside, and we gotta make sure we’re good on the inside and we just gotta be better as a group. But our belief in each other has to be better, and we gotta have a belief in the fact that we’re a good enough team to win.”

Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez had the other Kings goals.

The Coyotes team meeting comes after news surfaced that GM Don Maloney addressed the team on Saturday following its’ 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

“We don’t get enough credit for how many skilled guys we have on our team,” said Mike Smith, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 20 shots. “We have good hockey players, and all you read about is how we’re not skilled enough or we don’t score enough goals. But it’s everyone giving a little more to prove people wrong in that sense.”

Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves in relief.

Arizona gets back to action on Saturday when the Boston Bruins visit.