Los Angeles Kings - What's It Going To Take?

 By: Robert Melkonyan
The standings speak for themselves, even if you don't let the standings make the final decision. So far, the Kings are dead last in the Western Conference with 19 wins, 20 losses and 7 OT. The season is young but the fans aren't the only ones wondering about the Kings performance.

This season's players include forwards Derek Armstrong, Dustin Brown, Kyle Calder, Marc-Andre Cliche, Alexander Frolov, Michal Handzus, Raitis Ivanans, Anze Kopitar, Oscar Moller, Patrick O'Sullivan, Brad Richardson, Wayne Simmonds, Jaret Stoll and John Zeiler. Team defensemen players for the Kings include Drew Doughty, Denis Gauthier Jr., Matt Greene, Peter Harrold, Jack Johnson, Sean O'Donnell, Tom Preissing and Kyle Quincey. Goalies for the team include Erik Ersberg and Jonathan Quick.

Perhaps some of the brightest and best are in the system including forwards Justin Azevedo, Brian Boyle, Constantin Braun, Bryan Cameron, Rich Clune, Robert Czarnik, Vladimir Dravecky, Matt Fillier, Gabe Gauthier, Bud Holloway, Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, Andrei Loktionov, Jan Marek, David Meckler, Igor Melyakov, Matt Moulson, Brady Murray, Scott Parse, Teddy Purcell, Garrett Roe, Andrei Shefer, Valtteri Tenkanen, Joshua Turnbull, Kevin Westgarth and Geordie Wudrick. Defensemen include Niclas Andersen, Drew Bagnall, Andrew Campbell, Davis Drewiske, Johan Fransson, Thomas Hickey, Josh Kidd, Mikhail Lyubushin, Alec Martinez, Josh Meyers, Martin Nolet, Joe Piskula, Colten Teubert and Viatcheslav Voynov. Goalies are Jonathan Bernier, Martin Jones, Linden Rowat, Daniel Taylor and Jeff Zatkoff.

Although this season's games haven't been that kind to the Kings, the good news is that the season still has plenty of games left in it. January's games end with the Kings taking on the Blackhawks and Canadiens both home and away respectively. In February, the Kings will take to the ice at home in games against the Flames, Oilers, Thrashers and Coyotes. February away games for the Kings will put them in motion against the Senators, Capitals, Devils, Islanders, Ducks, Sharks, Wild, Flyers and Red Wings.

With no time for slacking, March brings a few home games for the Kings with opportunities to play against the Stars, Wild, Canucks, Predators, and Stars. The rest of the March games will be held on the road for the Kings with competitions against the Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Canucks, Sharks, Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks, Blues, Stars and the Predators.

The end of the season comes in April and the Kings will finish out the season with away games against Coyotes, Flames, Oilers and Canucks. Home games will be against the Coyotes and the Sharks; the latter of which will be held on Saturday, April 11.

Fans will be watching to see what the players, coaches and support staff do the rest of this season. Coaches include head coach Terry Murray, assistant coach Mark Hardy, assistant coach Jamie Kompon, goaltending coach Bill Ranford, video coordinator Ryan Colville. Training staff includes head athletic trainer Chris Kinglsey, director of rehabilitation/assistant athletic trainer Joe Caligiuri, strength and conditioning coach Chad Smith, massage therapist Mario Serban, head equipment manager Darren Granger, assistant equipment manager Corey Osmak and assistant equipment manager Dana Bryson.
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