L.A. Pro Sports Update

Kings and Ducks open season horrifically while the Rams drop second straight and Dodgers make series with Cubs interesting.

Kyle Kohner, Writer


L.A. Dodgers: After dropping the first game of the National League Division Series, Los Angeles convincingly tallied off two straight wins against the supremely talented Chicago Cubs. Game three proved especially impressive for pitcher Rich Hill as he pitched six shutout innings, out-dueling opposing ace Jake Arrieta. Unfortunately, the Dodgers fell behind early in game four as Cubs hitters tallied five runs off the young Dodgers pitcher, Julio Urias, in innings four and five. Eventually, the Cubs crushed the Dodgers 10-2, forcing game five.

Player of the week: Pitcher Rich Hill: W(3-0), 6 innings, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6K


L.A. Rams: The Rams fell short of taming the Detroit Lions on Oct. 19. Rams’ quarterback Case Keenum shredded the Detroit defense for 321 passing yards and four total touchdowns. Unfortunately, the quarterback’s performance could not push the Rams over the Lions as Detroit kicker Matt Prater clinched the Lions’ 31-28 victory over the Rams. The loss marks the Rams’ second consecutive loss, dropping them to 3-3 overall and further behind in the NFC West standings. The Rams travel overseas and take on the New York Giants in London, England on Oct. 23.

Player of the week: Quarterback Case Keenum: 321 Passing Yards, 3 Passing Touchdowns, 3 Rushes, 7 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown


L.A. Kings:  The Los Angeles Kings find themselves in a horrible spot to begin the 2016-17 season. After losing star goaltender Jonathan Quick to injury in their season-opening loss to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12, Los Angeles has proven incapable of stopping opposing offenses from scoring the puck. Jeff Zatkoff has struggled mightily in relief of Quick. If the Kings do not want to quickly fall down a rabbit hole, they need to invest in a serviceable goaltender.

Player of the week: Left Wing: Tanner Pearson: 2 Goals, 0 Assists

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks found themselves in the same winless boat as the Kings. After their Oct. 18 loss to the New Jersey Devils, the Ducks stand 0-3-1 after four games played. Each game has been furiously contested, as the Ducks’ untimely mistakes late in games push them down rankings early in the season. Ducks’ center Andrew Cogliano shone as the lone bright spot of the week, as he tallied two goals in their season opener.

Player of the week: Left Wing: Andrew Cogliano: 2 Goals, 0 Assists

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