Kings Gamenight 10/24
The Los Angeles Kings, along with the entire NHL, are set to do battle tonight as they hope to not be taken down by the heat in the desert. The Phoenix Coyotes are a team on fire to start this fine NHL season, and the Kings are hoping to knock them back into reality.
Justin Williams will not be in the line up for the Kings tonight, which gives Wayne Simmonds more top line ice to start the game. Terry Murray’s club will look to put out some of the heat that has been coming out of the desert dogs game as of late.
Scott Parse will also be in the line up tonight. He leads the Manchester Monarchs in scoring so far this season, and will be playing on a line with Jarret Stoll and Teddy Purcell. Terry Murray is expecting him to come into the line up and prove a point. As taken from Rich Hammonds blog at LAKingsInsder:
MURRAY: “I’m going to play Parse here tonight, get him into the lineup with Stoll and Purcell. He’s the leading scorer down there (in Manchester) and he’s here, so I’ll give him a shot and see how it goes. I’m hoping that he’s out to prove that we might a wrong decision. Sometimes that’s a lot of motivation for a player. He didn’t get an exhibition game and he got sent down. He gets things on a roll down there, with a lot of confidence, and the attitude sometimes is, `I’ll show that organization that I’m a good hockey player.’ I hope he brings that attitude tonight.”
This could play a huge factor in tonight’s contest, and that is left to be seen. Something that Parse will have to do is elevate his game to play with the big boys at the pro level. This will be a good test to see if Terry Murray made a bit of a mistake by not even giving the kid an exhibition game during the pre-season.
Jonathan Quick will look to extend his record to 7 Wins and 3 Losses tonight. He goes up against Ilya Bryzgalov who is currently the best goaltender in the league with 6 Wins, a 1.26 Goals Against Average and a .949 save percentage. He also has 2 shutouts to start the season.
The top line combination of Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar has put together quite the offense for the Kings, and if they can continue their pace this evening it could be the path to a career year for Kopitar and for one of Smyths best seasons dating back to his Edmonton days. Kopitar is currently tied with Alexander Ovehckin for the league lead in points with 16 and could add to those totals tonight. Anze Kopitar: The 100 point man? It’s a long season, but it is not impossible.
Also, the Kings defense will have to be able to neutralize the Coyotes offensive attack. That is another key factor to tonight’s game. Take control of the neutral zone play, get in front of as many shots as possible and stay out of the box. If Terry Murray can have his club play disciplined hockey this evening, all signs point to a Kings victory.
Let’s see what the outcome will be Kings fans.
Go Kings Go!