Game Preview: Kings vs. Blues

 

The Kings (3-5-1; 8 points) have a quick turn around after a devastating 3-2 loss in Detroit when they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues (6-4-1; 13 points) tonight at 5. The Kings have dropped their past two games and are 1-3 entering the final leg of their road trip. After a red hot start the Blues are on a four game skid earning only one point. St. Louis lost Saturday night 6-5 (SO) to Anaheim and hope to end their four game home stand on a positive note.

The Kings offensive woes continued in Detroit when they registered a season high 47 shots against Robby Howard only converting two for goals. St. Louis has allowed 22 goals in the past four games with a suspect defense and 76.0% kill rate on penalty kills the Kings will hope to snap their offensive struggle. Los Angeles star defenseman Drew Doughty has yet to score a goal all season and has one of the leagues worst +/- rating sitting at -10.

While the St. Louis defense has holes they can score goals in a hurry. Averaging 3.36 goals per game they are tied for second with Anaheim (who scored two goals within six minutes against the Kings in the only game Jonathan Quick has been benched) in the league in scoring. Defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo lead the Blues in scoring and are assist machines. Clearing out of the defensive zone will be a major priority, one which led to the game ending goal in Detroit.

 

Team Stats:

 

Goals/g

 GA

   PP

   PK

 S/G

 SA

     F/O

Kings

   2.10

3.00

10.9%

79.6%

30.8

25.2

 49.0%

Blues

   3.36

3.18

36.6%

75.0%

30.9

22.2

 49.0%

 

Team Leaders:

 

 

Kings

Predators

Points

Anze Kopitar: 6

Kyle Clifford:6

Simon Gagne: 5

Kevin Shattenkirk:12

Alex Pietrangelo:11

Alexander Steen: 10

Goals

Jeff Carter: 4

Anze Kopitar: 4

Dustin Brown: 3

Vladimir Tarasenko: 5

Chris Stewart: 5

Patrik Berglund: 5

Assists

Simon Gagne: 5

Kyle Clifford: 5

Justin Williams: 4

Kevin Shattenkirk: 11

Alexander Steen: 9

Alex Pietrangelo: 8

+/-

Slava Voynov: 4

Justin Williams: 3

Simon Gagne: 2

Kevin Shattenkirk: 3

Barret Jackman: 2

Ian Cole: 2

 

Last year the teams met four times in the regular season. The Kings won three of the four with their only loss coming in St. Louis in February. The Blues and Kings collided in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Kings swept the Blues en route to the Stanley Cup. Each game in the semifinal series was won by more than one goal with Los Angeles outscoring St. Louis 15-6. 

Injuries: Willie Mitchel (back) ... St. Louis forward Jamie Langenbrunner (hip).