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Kings hope to get over 1st-round playoff hump with Kovalchuk

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings made one significant addition during the offseason, but the question is whether it was enough to help them advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

While the top teams in the Pacific Division were busy, the Kings mostly stood pat. Their only major move was signing Ilya Kovalchuk, who returns to the NHL after five seasons playing in Russia.

The 35-year old left winger fits a familiar blueprint for the Kings - he's over 30, has a big body and can control the puck but lacks quickness in getting up ice. Kovalchuk joins what is one of the oldest rosters in the league with nine players who are 30 or older. He will be paired on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

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Leaders
Points: A. Kopitar92
Plus/Minus: D. Brown31
Shots on Goal: T. Toffoli251
PIM: D. Brown58
Win: J. Quick33
Shutouts: J. Quick5
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 237 (16)
Shots: 2544 (22)
PP%: 20.4% (17)
Penalty Minutes: 735 (11)
Assists: 406 (15)
SH Goals: 5 (21)
Standings
Pacific Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Vegas 51 24 7 109
x-Anaheim 44 25 13 101
x-San Jose 45 27 10 100
x-Los Angeles 45 29 8 98
Calgary 37 35 10 84
Edmonton 36 40 6 78
Vancouver 31 40 11 73
Arizona 29 41 12 70
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 202 (31)
Shots Against: 2537 (24)
PK%: 85.0% (1)
Penalty Minutes: 680 (19)
Shutouts: 8 (3)
Sv%: 0.920 (3)
Injuries
Date Player Status
9/21 J. Brodzinski Shoulder (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/24 J. Moverare Assigned to European Team Frolunda (Sweden)
9/24 P. Budaj Sent to minors Ontario (AHL)
9/23 A. Lintuniemi Sent to minors Ontario (AHL)
9/23 Z. Mitchell Sent to minors Ontario (AHL)
9/23 P. Budaj Waived
9/22 P. Maillet Released
9/22 S. Herr Released
9/22 J. Devane Released
9/22 K. Bauman Released
9/22 B. Sutter Released
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