THE STORY: The Dallas Stars will continue their fight to secure a playoff spot and lock up the season series with Los Angeles when they host the Kings on Sunday. This will be the sixth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Stars dropped the first two contests but have won the last three, including 5-4 in a shootout in Los Angeles in the last meeting. Loui Eriksson scored the decisive goal.
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ABOUT THE KINGS (26-19-11): Scoring goals continues to be a struggle for Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings are dead last in the NHL, averaging just 2.07 goals per game. The Kings fell 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday at the New York Islanders. Andrei Loktionov’s first goal of the season was the lone tally the Kings could muster despite having 35 shots. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves. The Kings are 1-3-1 on their season-long six-game road trip and own an 11-8-7 record away from home this season.
ABOUT THE STARS (28-23-3): Dallas, which is 4-4-2 in its last 10 games, is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss on the road to the Buffalo Sabres. The Stars blew a 2-0 third-period lead, including giving up the tying goal with just 39 seconds remaining in regulation. Michael Ryder and Tomas Vincour scored, while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves to fall to 20-12-2 on the season. It was Ryder’s 20th goal, a feat he has accomplished in five of his eight NHL seasons.
1. The Stars are 0-8-2 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.
2. Stars D Alex Goligoski has a goal and three assists in his last four games and two goals and six assists in his last eight.
3. The Kings have scored just six goals in their last five road games.
PREDICTION: Stars 3, Kings 1.
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Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:00 PM
Captain Mark Streit scored the winning goal 1:36 into overtime as the New York Islanders edged the visiting Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Streit split two Kings just over the blue line and slipped a backhand past All-Star Jonathan Quick for his second goal in as many contests as the Islanders improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves to win his seventh contest in his last nine decisions.
The Kings are 1-3-1 on their six-game road trip that ends this Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
Michael Grabner, who had gone eight games without a goal, found a rebound in front and recorded his 15th of the season just 6:52 into the game.
The Kings controlled much of the second period, tying the game 1-1 and finishing the first 40 minutes with a 24-12 edge in shots.
Captain Dustin Brown’s rebound shot went in off teammate Andrei Loktionov’s stick in front at 5:20. It was Loktionov’s first goal of the season in his 34th game and first in exactly one year.
Jordan Nolan, the son of former Islanders and Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan, made his NHL debut for the Kings. Dustin Penner was a healthy scratch for Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles Kings currently sit in 7th place in the Western Conference with 60 points. They are two points up on the 8th seed Minnesota Wild and 5 points back of the Chicago Blackhawks who currently occupy the 5th position in the conference. At this point the Kings will be looking to at least maintain that 7th seed and in order to put themselves in position to do
that would be wise to make some moves prior to the NHL’s trading deadline which comes later this month on February 27th.
First, it should be noted that the Kings should definitely be adding players at the trading deadline. They are in the thick of the playoff race and they will need to add some pieces if they want to catch the Chicago Blackhawks and have success in the playoffs once they get in the playoffs. Anyone who has watched the Kings all season knows that this team needs an infusion of offense if they want to reach the
heights and goals they set at the beginning of the season.
There are several attractive options available to the Los Angeles Kings at this year’s deadline. Which players would be the right fit for the Kings to make a second half push? That is the question that the Kings front office will be analyzing in the weeks to come.
Let’s take a look at some of the players that will available and make the most sense for the Kings to acquire in our eyes.
Travis Moen – Montreal Canadiens
The Kings need depth and Moen would provide much needed help for a 3rd and 4th line that sorely need it. Moen would also bring an intense attitude and dedicated work ethic which are the kinds of guys that can come on your team mid season and contribute right away. Montreal is in somewhat of a rebuilding process so they probably will not be looking for much in return
for Moen. Maybe a draft pick and amid-level prospect? If that is the price tag then an acquisition on Moen is definitely worth it.
Drew Stafford – Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres have been a disappointment and Stafford along with some of his other teammates has been the brunt of criticism up in Buffalo. Are the Sabres fed up enough to let a quality young players like Stafford go? The Kings have no way of knowing this, but Stafford is more then worth kicking the tires on. He would be a more long-term option then Moen and may just need a change of scenery to reach his potential. He would take a more considerable package to acquire and we think that package would be worth the risk.
Tuomo Ruutu – Carolina Hurricanes
This is the guy that will directly address the Kings’ offensive woes. He would likely be a
rental until the end of the year. He is the type of player you look to acquire when you think your team can make a
serious run in the playoffs and you think he can be a final piece to the puzzle type guy. He has had 20 plus goals the
past three seasons and will not have a huge price tag attached to him because the Hurricanes know he is likely gone this offseason and will most likely be looking to get anything they can get in return for him.
The stretch run of the season is always an exciting time for hockey fans. Hopefully the Kings front office makes some moves to put this team into position to make a serious run come playoff time. The acquisition of all or some of the players above combined with the development of the young players currently on the roster will go a long way to determining success or failure come playoff time.
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