With three games at STAPLES Center and Jonathan Quick back in the lineup last week was a big week for the Los Angeles Kings. With the Anaheim Ducks running out to a commanding lead in the division the Kings were looking to make up ground on the Ducks. The Kings performed well, outshooting their opponents by a wide margin, but unfortunately ran into red hot goaltending from both the Minnesota Wild and the Detroit Red Wings. Behind strong performances from Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Red Wings netminder Jimmy Carson the Kings finished the week with a win, a loss and an overtime loss.
Kings Vs Wings
Week Recap: After defeating the Vancouver Canucks to kick off their home stand the Kings welcomed in the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, minus goaltenders Josh Harding and Nicolas Backstrom, were starting third-stringer Darcy Kuemper in net. Kuemper put together a career-best performance, stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced before Nino Niedereitter scored to put the game into overtime and then notched the game-winner in the shootout. The Kings returned to action on Thursday with an impressive victory over the Boston Bruins, perennial Eastern Conference power. The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from Jeff Carter, Justin Williams and Alec Martinez, a lead that would eventually go to 4-1. Quick notched the victory, his second in three starts since his return. Unbeated in regulation in their last three games, Los Angeles welcomed in the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Los Angeles again dominated possession and shots on goal but lost at the hands of a hot goaltender. Jimmy Carson, who’ll join Quick on the USA hockey team, stopped 44 of the 45 shots he faced in earning the victory.
Up next for the Kings: Los Angeles has one game remaining in their home stand, an important matchup with the Vancouver Canucks. Tickets for the Kings Vs Canucks
are still available. Los Angeles kicked off the five game STAPLES Center stand by defeating the Canucks 3-1 in Quick’s first start back after missing nearly two months with an injured groin. The Canucks are currently in fourth place in the Pacific, two points behind the Kings and vying for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference. A win for the Kings is crucial; following the Canucks game Los Angeles heads off on the road for a five-game road swing. The Kings round out next week with difficult road trips to St. Louis and Detroit. The last time Los Angeles visited the Blues, on January 2, they suffered their biggest loss of the season, 5-0. The Blues loss was the final Kings game before the return of Quick.
Where they stand: Los Angeles is currently in 6th place in the Western Conference, two points behind in the Colorado Avalanche and two points up on the Vancouver Canucks. They are 14 points behind the Anaheim Ducks who are on yet another long winning streak, of six games. In two weeks the Kings will have an immediate opportunity to make up ground on Anaheim, with consecutive games versus the Ducks, an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium and a matchup at STAPLES Center.By:Chris Michaels.
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