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Kings seek surge with 4-game homestand – Orange County Register


The Kings left the schneid on the road and are now looking to keep pace in the Pacific Division in a four-game home series, where they have won five of their last six games, starting with a matchup against the Senators. from Ottawa on Sunday. .

Their 5-2 scuffle against the Sharks in San Jose on Friday snapped a three-game skid, and in good time. As the Kings slumped, the Seattle Kraken, which they will host on Tuesday, jumped to fourth-best point percentage in the league. Its 8-1-1 record over its last 10 games, including a victory Friday against first-place Vegas, is better than any team except the biggest surprise in the East, the New Jersey Devils, who had won 13 straight games before. a loss to Toronto. Seattle has already beaten the Kings twice this season.

While the Kings received steady contributions from their front six, especially the second line which scored twice on Friday, their fourth line came to life in San Jose. He scored two goals and showed courage, led by a committed performance from Jaret Anderson-Dolan. He blocked two straight shots and also scored his first two points of the season.

“They were firm, they were tough, they won a lot of puck battles. Arty Kaliyev was physical, he stripped a lot of pucks and fed those players. (Rasmus Kupari) won faceoffs,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said before singing Anderson-Dolan.

“Jad obviously worked hard and scored. A lot of the elements that are needed to be successful as a line, I think we saw consistently from those three. They should all feel really good about themselves and should be ready to start again on Sunday.

Anderson-Dolan said his production stemmed from attention to detail and meticulous dedication to parts within parts.

“That has always been my goal. I think if you take care of it the rest will take care of itself and that’s what happened tonight and it contributed to a win which is the most important thing.” he declared.

In terms of injuries and trades, defender Sean Durzi returned after a two-game absence. Although a costly turnover spoiled Durzi’s night, two assists helped support his overall performance. Wingers Alex Iafallo and Brendan Lemieux are staying on week-to-week, with Iafallo likely returning earlier than Lemieux. Defenseman Jacob Moverare and forward Lias Andersson were loaned to the Ontario Reign on Saturday. Rookie Brandt Clarke’s conditioning mission in Ontario ended on Saturday.

Next on the Kings’ list are the Senators, who have been one of the most active teams in the NHL this summer as they made two spectacular acquisitions. Forward Claude Giroux, born near Hearst, returned home after spending the end of last season with Florida and 15 seasons with Philadelphia. Ottawa also traded with Chicago for sniper winger Alex DeBrincat, perhaps the most coveted piece on the trade market last year.


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