Off-Ice Roundup as Kings practice in Edmonton

Difficult last night, Insider.

In their own words one of the worst games the Kings have played this season, no dancing around that point. 6-5 was the final score and the Kings had a Class A chance with 22 seconds left to force overtime, but a comeback in the third minute blurred the first 40 minutes, with Phil Danault legitimately claiming the Kings’ start criticized game. Todd McLellan may have used the word “shabby” in recognition of a live television interview. It certainly wasn’t the kind of performance the group had envisioned after going 4-0-0 at home, as several areas of the game that excelled in those four wins were far less effective in Calgary. As the Kings prepare for top-flight Edmonton tomorrow night, they need to play more like the team that minimized opportunities against odd men or we could be set for an 11-10 game at Rogers Place. Or maybe that would be fun? nope Given the progress shown by games like this recently, we’ll have faith that they’ll do just that, although there are sure to be a few key areas that need clearing up during today’s practice session.

We’ll cover a few storylines after today’s skate, with the Kings taking to the ice right here in Edmonton to begin their first practice of the season on the road. Pretty ridiculous, isn’t it? This will be their number 10 away game tomorrow night and we are watching the team train away from El Segundo for the first time of the season.

It feels kind of weird being back here in Edmonton for the first time since Game 7. The last memory here at Rogers Place was a dejected walk out of the building by reveling Oilers fans celebrating their Round 2 promotion. The next day I got COVID. This is about avoiding those two fates tomorrow night and Thursday afternoon. Today we’re gathering here in Edmonton for a day of practice ahead of a national broadcast tomorrow against the Oilers, where we’ll take a look at their reverse retro sweaters.

Reverse retros you say?

Coincidentally, the Kings version, which was worn in-game for the first time in Saturday’s win against Detroit, is available from the Team LA Store starting this morning.

For the next five days, the jerseys will be available exclusively through the Team LA Store, with jerseys available via this link. After this time you will find the jersey where you would normally find your LA Kings jerseys. This feels like the LA Kings jersey that I might one day want to frame and hang in my house.

Along the Reverse Retro line is an upcoming giveaway featuring an Adrian Kempe bobblehead wearing the Reverse Retro jersey. Come to the Arena on Saturday, December 17th.

If you’re interested, I, Jesse Cohen and Matt McElroy of the AHL’s Ontario Reign posted a draft of the reverse retros across the league, excluding the Kings. I won the Twitter poll with ease – NBD – see what you think for yourself below.

LA Kings Christmas Ice Cream
The Kings also announced today that the annual Holiday Ice program will return to LA Live from Saturday, November 26 through Sunday, January 8, 2023. The organization will hold a “grand opening ceremony” before the Kings take on Seattle at Kraken on Tuesday, November 29 at 4:45 p.m.

As always, the event will be held in partnership with ASEC – American Sports Entertainment Company – which operates the Toyota Sports Performance Center as well as several LA Kings-owned ice rinks in Southern California.

Also included in the announcement is the “supper & skate” program on LA LIVE. Several restaurants around the ice rink participate in the program and offer discounts to those who show their Holiday Ice ticket. Participating restaurants include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya and Lucky Strike.

Is the insider skate off imminent?

The full release is below –

The LA Kings and LA LIVE today announced that the city’s largest and most popular outdoor ice rink will return to LA LIVE’s Xbox Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, November 26, just in time for the holiday season.

LA KINGS HOLIDAY ICE is proudly presented by Coca-Cola® and supported by Delta Air Lines, Blue Shield of California, CalHOPE, Knott’s Berry Farm, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Delta SkyMiles® members receive a $3 discount and access to Delta SkyMiles priority access during select times during the holiday season.

LA Kings Holiday Ice will be hosting a special Grand Opening event to cut the ribbon, which will be available to the media. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 29th starting at 4:45pm (before that evening’s Kings-Seattle Kraken game at Arena) and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Presented by Coca-Cola®, LA Kings Holiday Ice is located at LA LIVE’s Xbox Plaza (800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90015) and is open daily through January 8, 2023.

The popular Supper & Skate at LA LIVE will also return, offering specials at select restaurants for skaters coming to the LA Kings Holiday rink. Before or after their on-ice sessions, fans can present their skate session tickets at participating LA LIVE restaurants and attractions to redeem special dining offers. Participating restaurants include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya and Lucky Strike.

In its 12th year, the American Sports Entertainment Company will build and operate the ice rink.

Thank you for consuming this off-ice content. Appreciating it here on this beautiful Tuesday morning because I understand last night’s game is still frustrating. Park and Ride and we’ll go back tomorrow.

Practice report will definitely follow and maybe a feature story later in the day depending on the timing. We’re working on some player/storyline features here over the next week or so and we’ll see how the day unfolds. If not today, there should be something new for Thursday!

Thanks for reading as always!

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