Kings vs. Senators Preview

Kings: 1-2-0 (2 points) - Last in Pacific; Last in West - Streak: L2

Senators:1-0-1 (3 points) - Fifth in Atlantic; Eigth in East - Streak: L1(SO)

The Los Angeles Kings host the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7:30 in the Staples Center. The Kings look to capture their first home victory before a four game roadtrip while the Senators begin their western leg continuing their six game road trip.

After a shootout win in Minnesota the Kings have dropped their last two contests by a combined score of 8-4. Their opponent tonight is well balanced with strong goal play from Craig Anderson paired with a high producing scoring potential led by Kyle Turris.

The recent struggle for the Kings has existed all over the ice. Jonathan Quick has allowed 3.18 goals per game due to a .893 save percantage, the offense has consistently been caught in droughts, and devastating mistakes have occurred on both sides of the ice.

However, there have been postitive moments and indications that the Kings will return to their powerful, aggressive ways. Most notably is their power play, which is sitting on 30 percent (tied 6th in league; 3 goals). The Kings' power play over the past two seasons has generally sat inbetween 15-20 percent, the recent spike may focus an offense, which has struggled.

Team Stats

  Kings Senators
Goals/game 2.00 2.50
Goals against/g 3.33 2.00
Power Play  30% 0%
Penalty Kill 85.7% 80%
Shots/g 27.7 41.0
Shots against/g 30.0 38.5

Faceoffs

49.1% 51.0%

 

Sentator games are shootouts as they are second in the leauge averaging 41.0 shots a game (San Jose averages the most) and give up the most shots per game with 38.5. Tonight's game will rely heavily on the shoulders, blockers, legs, sticks of Quick and Anderson.

Individual Stats

  Kings Senators
Points

Jeff Carter - 2

Jake Muzzin - 2

Anze Kopitar - 2

Kyle Turris - 4

Jared Cowen - 2

Clarke MacArthur - 2

Goals 

Jeff Carter - 2

Jake Muzzin - 1

Justin Williams - 1

Kyle Turris - 1

Jarewd Cowen -1

Cory Conacher - 1

Assists

AnzeKopitar - 2

Matt Frattin - 2

Jake Muzzin - 1

Kyle Turris - 3

Clarke MacArthur - 2

Patrick Wiercioch - 1

 

Individually things have not been going well for the Kings. The plus/minus has been especially bad with the five skaters being tied for the highest mark at even. The key for Los Angeles will be production from capatin Dustin Brown and more tallies from Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter. On a brighter note, Matt Frattin has provided a spark for the anemic offense.

The defensemen look to sustain decent production as Drew Doughty and Matt Greene have both scored - their presence can and will determine the outcome of games. Jake Muzzin looks to build from an impressive rookie year.