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KINGS TO PLAY AT KC FOR FIRST TIME SINCE '76

Monday, 09.22.2008 / 4:05 PM

Thomas LaRocca - LAKings.com Staff Writer

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KINGS TO PLAY AT KC FOR FIRST TIME SINCE '76
St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings open their preseason slate with a neutral site affair with the St. Louis Blues from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday night at 5:05 p.m. (PT).

It will be the first of a pair of split squad games as the Kings will also play host to the Phoenix Coyotes at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m.

The game vs. St. Louis, which can be heard here on LAKings.com, (Listen Live), will mark the Kings first game in Kansas City since March 30, 1976, an 8-6 win over the Kansas City Scouts.

KINGS ALL-TIME GAMES AT KC
DATE
RESULT
SCORE
Dec. 18, 1974
W
6-0
April 1, 1975
L
1-3
Jan. 7, 1976
W
5-2
March 30, 1976
W
8-6

"We are very excited about this event,” said Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille of the first hockey game to be played at Sprint Center, which opened last October. "It will be great to have professional hockey and the NHL in Kansas City and we look forward to playing the Blues in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Sprint Center.”

The Kings were 3-1-0 all-time in Kansas City and 7-1-0 vs. the Kansas City Scouts all-time from 1974-76. The Scouts moved to Colorado following the 1976 season and became the Rockies. The Rockies, of course moved to New Jersey in 1982 where they have experienced a tremendous amount of success as the New Jersey Devils.

The franchise spent just two seasons in Kansas City playing at Kemper Arena, posting a 27-110-23 mark, finishing in fifth in the Smythe Division both seasons.

While it is the first game for the Kings in Kansas City in over 20 years, it marks the third time in six years that St. Louis will play an exhibition game in Kansas City and the first since 2005 vs. the Nashville Predators.

The Kings will travel two young netminders to Kansas City in Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff. The Kings have eight goaltenders in camp.

Head coach Terry Murray sees the split squad games as a benefit in allowing evaluations of up to four goaltenders on Monday night, but also sees the challenge in having games in two different states on the same day.

"Four goaltenders will play in the two games we have coming up Monday and probably the next game or two after that we'll do the same," Murray said. "But as we get down to the final three-four games, it's important that one goaltender plays the 60-minutes.

"Ideally I'd like to have two games on two separate days so I can be at both of those games and be able to coach both those games but it is kind of a unique situation and we'll deal with it, it's alright," Murray said. "We have a lot of players here at training camp, 60 guys. It gives opportunity. The young guys are going to get into the first exhibition games and they've been through a week of training camp now with the rookie camp and so let's see what you've learned so far."

In addition to Zatkoff and Quick, the Kings will have young defensive prospects Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Joe Piskula, Davis Drewiske and Colten Teubert – who have a combined five NHL games to their credit - playing with veteran blueliner Tom Preissing.

Up front, the Kings will being looking at newcomers Jarret Stoll, Brad Richardson and Richard Clune, returning veterans Matt Ellis, Michal Handzus, Matt Moulson and John Zeiler and will get a look at prospects Kevin Westgarth, Gabe Gauthier, Teddy Purcell, Wayne Simmonds, Vladimir Dravecky as well as Marty Murray, who is in camp on a tryout.

(Lineup change: Dwight King will be playing in Kansas City while Rich Clune plays in LA)

The Blues, meanwhile, will get a look at goaltender Chris Mason, whom they obtained from Nashville in the offseason. Veteran Paul Kariya is also on the Blues roster.

Jamie Kompon and Mark Hardy will travel to Kansas City and coach the Kings, while Murray will make his debut in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center.

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