Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Stars jump over Golden Knights for wild card

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2022 NHL postseason. There are 29 days left in the regular season and the races in each of the four divisions are tight. The top three teams in each of the four divisions and the next two highest-place finishers in … Read more

McDavid scores 100th point, Oilers gain in Pacific with win against Kings

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid scored his 100th point for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-3 shootout win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Wednesday. McDavid, who had a goal and an assist, leads the NHL in points and has scored 100 five times in his seven NHL seasons. “It is very impressive,” … Read more

Final Buzzer: Kraken Overwhelm Kings

LOS ANGELES — After managing just four shots in the first period of Saturday’s loss here in the city of Oscars dust-ups, the Kraken came out scrappy themselves Monday. They scored twice in the opening period, added a key third goal in the middle 20 minutes, then turned this rematch into a rout with three … Read more

Kings lose to Kraken, give up ground in Pacific race

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings gave up ground in the Pacific Division with a 6-1 loss to the Seattle Kraken at Arena on Monday. Cal Petersen made 32 saves for Los Angeles (36-23-9), which is two points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for second in the division. “It’s hard to pinpoint just … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

8:00 AM ET Tim Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Following a wild, 10-game slate on Saturday, the NHL schedule-makers provide another eight matchups for us on Sunday. Leading the way are a pair of intradivisional clash: the Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota … Read more

McLellan reflects on philosophy en route to 1,000 games as NHL coach

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Todd McLellan will coach his 1,000th NHL regular-season game when the Los Angeles Kings host the Seattle Kraken on Monday (10:30 pm ET; BSW, ROOT-NW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). A friend recently reminded the Kings coach after exchanging text messages: That number does not reflect the time and energy it took to … Read more

Doughty could be out rest of regular season for Kings with injury

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Drew Doughty could be out for the rest of the regular season, Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake said Monday. The defenseman hasn’t played since March 7 because of an upper-body injury. “It’s a little early to say,” Blake said. “I think we’ll exhaust every option possible. I mean, he’s … Read more

Petersen makes 29 saves to help Kings shut out Sharks

Cal Petersen made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season, and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 at Arena in Los Angeles on Thursday. Anze Kopitar, Philip Danault and Adrian Kembe scored for the Kings (34-21-8), who went 1-2-1 in the season series. Sean Durzi had two assists. … Read more

Mailbag: Pacific Division playoff teams, Rangers targets at Deadline

Here is the March 16 edition of the mailbag, where we answer your questions asked on Twitter using #OvertheBoards. Tweet your questions to @drosennhl. Of the Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, which do you see getting the two guaranteed [playoff] spots in the Pacific Division? — @e_hodgens With the … Read more

Exclusive: New Junior League Coming to West Coast

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Tomorrow, an incredibly exciting announcement is coming to the developmental world. A new junior league based in the Western US will be unveiled, opening up a flood of opportunities for players, but also for the grassroots game as a whole. And the best part? The league already has the backing … Read more