Robyn Regehr

Get your game notes: Kings at Ducks


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Anaheim Ducks hosting the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• LA and ANA meet for the first time since the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which LA won in 7 games en route to its 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 seasons.

• This was the first playoff meeting between LA and ANA over their 21 years in the NHL together.

• LA won the first 2 games in ANA, and then lost the next 3 before a Game 6 win at home and a 6-2 Game-7 victory at Honda Center.

• The Ducks have dropped 3 straight -the first three games of their 4-game homestand – all in OT/SO (3-2 OT to NYI, 3-2 SO to AZ, and 2-1 SO to VAN on Sunday). At 10-3-3, the Ducks are 2nd in the Western Conference, but their offense has sputtered, scoring just 12 regulation/OT goals in the last 8 games.

• Ducks leading goal-scorer RW Corey Perry (viral gland infection) has missed the last three games. He was retroactively placed on IR over the weekend and is eligible to return vs. LA, but on Tuesday his status was updated to reveal that he and teammate D Francois Beauchemin (same condition) must undergo more tests as their contagious infections persist. They have been prevented from practicing pending test results.

• Perry has 11 goals in 13 GP this season, and led the league in goals before his exit from the lineup.

• Prior to its most recent game, a 5-1 victory Saturday night vs. VAN, LA had just one win in its previous 6 games (1-3-2). The Kings improved to an NHL-best 7-1-1 at home with the victory.

• First-liners C Anze Kopitar and RW Marian Gaborik each recorded multi-point efforts (1 goal, 1 assist apiece).

• Kopitar (5 points in 12 GP) and Gaborik (3 points in 7 GP) have struggled to find chemistry, having incurred upper-body injuries earlier in the season.

• LA (1.93 GA/GM – T-4th) and ANA (1.88 – T-2nd) both rank in the top 5 in team defense this season.


• LA: D Robyn Regehr (undisclosed) missed LA’s game Saturday and is day-to-day

• ANA: RW Corey Perry (viral gland infection) was placed on IR on Sun. and has missed three straight games.

• ANA: G John Gibson (groin) was placed on IR last week and was expected to miss 6 weeks

• ANA: LW Kyle Palmieri (high ankle sprain) has yet to play this season after being injured in training camp. He is now nearing a return.


• LA: The pairing of D Jake Muzzin and D Drew Doughty combined for 0 points in LA’s 5 games vs. ANA last season.

• LA: Captain RW Dustin Brown has 21 goals and 21 assists in 57 career games vs. ANA; his most vs. any team for both categories.

• ANA: Captain C Ryan Getzlaf has 16 goals and 40 points in 50 career games vs. LA.

• ANA: G Frederik Andersen went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .949 SV% in 3 starts last season vs. LA – his only career appearances vs. the Kings.


• The Kings had their second roster complication of the season on Saturday, as it could only dress 5 defensemen (dressed 19 of a possible 20 players vs. PHI on Oct. 28).

• D Robyn Regehr was injured in Friday’s practice, and with D Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension (suspicions of domestic violence), only 5 healthy defensemen were on the roster.

• With Regehr’s questionable short-term health, and with Voynov getting a non-roster exemption from the commissioner (frees up a roster spot, but still counts against the cap), LA signed D Jamie McBain on Tuesday to a 1-yr/$550K league minimum contract to increase its roster flexibility.

• McBain, 26, played 69 games last season for BUF (6G, 11A), and has 275 career GP (CAR, BUF).

• That 70’s Line‖ of RW Tyler Toffoli (17 points), C Jeff Carter (14 points), and LW Tanner Pearson (10 points) continues to be 1-2-3 in Kings scoring this season. All three posted +3 ratings in the win vs. VAN.

• Against VAN, Toffoli posted three points (1G, 2A) and picked up his fifth multi-point game this season. His 17 points leads LA and is T-10th in the NHL. His +14 rating is T-2nd in the NHL.


• After captain C Ryan Getzlaf began the season with points in 7 of his first 8 games (3 goals, 9 assists in that stretch), he has managed only 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games since. His 15 points are tied for the team lead with Corey Perry.

• C Ryan Kesler, acquired in the offseason from VAN, is 3rd on the team with 11 points in 16 GP this season.

• D Sami Vatanen (10 points) and D Cam Fowler (9 points) rank 4th and 5th on the Ducks in scoring, respectively.

• Vatanen has become a power play specialist for the Ducks. All 10 of his points (4 goals, 6 assists) have come on the power play this season. His 4 power-play goals are T-1st in the NHL for d-men (Trevor Daley – DAL)

• Fowler is T-2nd on the team with 8 assists. He suffered a lower-body injury last Sat. and missed ANA’s game against VAN on Sun. He practiced Tuesday and will be a game-time decision vs. LA.

• G Frederik Andersen (7-1-2, 1.56 GAA, .953 SV%) is 0-0-2 in his last two starts despite giving up only 3 goals in those games. Andersen has never lost 3 straight starts in his career.

Lombardi calls system ‘dysfunctional’ over Voynov’s cap situation


The Los Angeles Kings were forced to dress just five defensemen on Saturday because Robyn Regehr was injured and they were $160 shy of being able to call up a replacement. That’s not the first time the Kings have been put in a difficult situation due to the salary cap and Kings GM Dean Lombardi has taken issue with the reason why.

The Kings’ problem is that defenseman Slava Voynov’s $4.1 million annual cap hit is still counting against them despite the fact that he’s been suspended indefinitely.

“How long is this supposed to go on? It’s clear that the system is dysfunctional,” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times.

“It has nothing to do with what he did. What he did is off to the side. That’s indefensible. But if a guy does steroids — that’s indefensible in its own right, too, but they’re separate issues — you immediately get the cap space. What’s ridiculous about this, if he gets convicted we get the cap space. If he doesn’t, we’re in never-never land. We get nothing. It’s totally dysfunctional.”

Lombardi wasn’t throwing out steroids as a random example. Toronto forward Carter Ashton is serving a 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, but the Maple Leafs aren’t responsible for his cap hit while he’s being punished.

“We’ve lost one of our top players. We get it,” Lombardi said. “If he gets convicted, he’s out. We get the space. Toronto’s guy clearly does something out of bounds, they immediately get the space. How is this logical?”

Lombardi emphasized that his issue is with the handling of the cap situation, not with the suspension itself.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly suggested on Monday that the NHLPA has “not been inclined to agree to offering any relief.” The union has stated that they’ve been talking with the league about the issue.


With Regehr and Voynov out, Kings bring in McBain

With Regehr and Voynov out, Kings bring in McBain

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Los Angeles may have a solution to its thinned-out blueline.

Jamie McBain, who recently wrapped a professional tryout with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, is practicing with the club in the wake of an injury to Robyn Regehr and Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension.

Regehr was injured during Friday’s practice and didn’t play on Saturday against Vancouver. Cap issues prevented calling up an emergency blueliner (the Kings were $160 short of qualifying for a recall), so L.A. played against the Canucks with just five defensemen — and won easily, 5-1.

That said, rolling with five blueliners isn’t an ideal situation. Here’s more, from LA Kings Insider:

I’ve been told that Regehr’s injury isn’t seen as any long-term complication, and that no decision has been made yet whether to place the veteran on injured reserve.

The move to bring in McBain could also be tied to the uncertainty over Voynov’s indefinite suspension. Both McBain and Voynov are righthanded shooters.

McBain had two points in four games with Manchester and, at 26, has quite a bit of experience — 275 career NHL contests split between Buffalo and Carolina. It seems as though he’d be a good fit but, per LA Kings Insider, the team doesn’t currently have a roster spot available at the moment.

Yup, it looks Kings will roll with five defensemen tonight


For most people, $160 is a big deal. It’s generally not something that NHL teams sweat, however, but Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston indicates that was gap between the Los Angeles Kings dressing five versus six defensemen tonight:

All signs point to the Kings only dressing five blueliners in part because of an injury to Robyn Regehr, as indicated yesterday.

The Kings did their best to put on a brave face to LA Kings Insider, even if head coach Darryl Sutter said, “Is it ideal? No.”

“I think the last time we had big minutes like this was Game 1 against Anaheim in the playoffs,” Matt Greene said, noting what ended up being a 3-2 overtime win. “I think Reg got banged up pretty quick and then a lot of guys played a lot of minutes. But it happens. You just have to go through what we can play here and that’s it.”

Expect a busy night for Drew Doughty in particular, as LA Kings Insider notes:

Still, Doughty has cracked the 30 minute plateau three times in the last five games and ranks second in the league with a 28:10 time on ice average. He was excellent in logging a season-high 31:46 during Tuesday’s win in Dallas and followed that up with nearly 30 and a half minutes in a shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

That isn’t the only injury situation for the Kings, either, as Justin Williams appears to be a game-time decision against the Vancouver Canucks.

Report: Kings could be shorthanded Saturday


The L.A. Kings could be playing with five defenseman tomorrow night when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks at the Staples Center.

Defenseman Robyn Regehr left the team’s Friday practice after just 10 minutes and his status for Saturday is unknown.

However, due to the Kings salary cap woes, they will not be able to recall a blue liner from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

According to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, the Kings are $160 short on cap space to recall a player with a minimum NHL salary. The league’s minimum salary is $550,00. As of Saturday morning, the Kings have $549,840 in cap space.

The Kings’ Twitter feed was poking fun at their dilemma Friday night:

The Kings’ cap woes are a result of Slava Voynov’s suspension. Though he’s not eligible to play due to the domestic violence allegations, Voynov is still being paid his $4.167 million salary, and it counts against L.A.’s cap.

“It’s challenging. It’s not easy,” Coach Darryl Sutter said of the Kings’ cap issues. “We’re playing as good as we can. That’s what I ask, and that’s what we do.”