The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will honor former defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky on Dec. 4 as part of Legends Night when the Kings host the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center. Visnovsky was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round, 118th overall, by the Kings in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He then went on to play 499 games with the Kings from 2000-2008.
In seven seasons with the Kings, Visnovsky had 70 goals and 209 assists for 279 points. He was a +11 with 214 penalty minutes, 140 power play points, one shorthanded point, 10 game-winning goals and 863 shots on goal. Visnovsky's finest season with the Kings came in 2005-06 when he had 17 goals and 50 assists for 67 points. He would go on to play with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders.
The Kings made NHL headlines this past week for making a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings acquired left winger Carl Hagelin from the Penguins for left winger Tanner Pearson. Hagelin recorded his first point with the Kings on Monday in a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, as he recorded an assist on a goal by Matt Luff. Hagelin now has one goal and three assists for four points in 19 games this season. The Kings become Hagelin's fourth NHL team as he has also played with the New York Rangers and Ducks.
Pearson played 325 games with the Kings from 2013-2018. He had 69 goals and 75 assists for 144 points. After only recording one assist in 17 games this season with the Kings, Pearson has one goal and one assist for two points in only three games with the Penguins.
Meanwhile, the Kings win over the Blues Monday was very memorable for Kings rookies Matt Luff and Calvin Petersen. Luff scored his first ever National Hockey League goal from Hagelin and Adrian Kempe at 8:18 of the first period. His goal was also a game-winning goal. Petersen meanwhile recorded his first ever NHL shutout as he made 29 saves.
It was also Petersen's second NHL win as he also beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout on Nov. 16. In the Kings win over the Blackhawks, Tyler Toffoli scored at 10:29 of the first period, and Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings in the shootout.
Luff and Petersen are currently two of three current Kings who have been called up from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League this past week. The other is left winger Austin Wagner. The rookie has played five games with the Reign this season and has two goals. Wagner has also played nine games with the Kings.
The Kings currently have a record of seven wins, 12 regulation losses and one shootout loss for 15 points. Their leading scorer at the moment is Kovalchuk, who has five goals and nine assists for 14 points. The Coyotes leading scorers are Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who each have 12 points. Keller has five goals and seven assists and Ekman-Larsson has two goals and 10 assists. A major reason for the Coyotes solid start has been the play of goaltender Antti Raanta. In nine games, Raanta has an excellent goals against average of only 2.10.
In other Kings news, the Kings will be having a special night on Nov. 21 against the Colorado Avalanche at the Staples Center. In addition to the Kings hosting a food drive, the Kings are offering tickets for as low as $30 for students and will be honoring defenseman Dion Phaneuf for playing in his 1000th NHL career game (Tickets). The Avalanche are currently fourth in the Central Division with a record of 10 wins, six regulation losses and four losses in extra time for 24 points. Their leading scorer is Mikko Rantanen, who leads the NHL with 32 points. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is also second in the NHL with 29 points.
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