Preview: Ducks at Kings
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 3, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
THE STORY: The Los Angeles Kings made arguably the boldest move prior the NHL trade deadline when they acquired center Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Carter will make his home debut when the Kings host the even more desperate Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Carter didn’t register a point in his first two games as a King, but will have to start scoring soon if Los Angeles is to make the playoffs. The Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames in dramatic fashion 3-2 on Friday.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS West
ABOUT THE DUCKS (28-27-10): If Anaheim somehow completes its improbable rally and reaches the playoffs, it will look back at Friday’s game as a big reason. Ryan Getzlaf scored his first goal in 18 games with 46 seconds left to keep the Ducks seven points behind San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars, who are tied for seventh. Anaheim was 20 points out of the playoffs on Jan. 6. Corey Perry snapped a three-game goalless streak with his 31st of the season and Jonas Hiller made his franchise-record 24th straight start Friday. He is 15-5-4 during that span. The Ducks are 5-4-0 in the second of back-to-back games this season. Anaheim plays nine of its last 17 games on the road.
ABOUT THE KINGS (29-23-12): Los Angeles is three points out of playoff position. The Kings are last in the NHL at 2.09 goals scored per game, a key factor in obtaining Carter for talented defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick. Carter averaged 28 goals in his last four seasons in with he Philadelphia Flyers, but had only 14 in 54 games with Columbus this season prior to the trade. Jonathan Quick has done his best to keep Los Angeles in the race with a 1.92 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, both third among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games. The Kings begin a four-game road trip Tuesday in Nashville Preditors, where they lost 2-1 on Monday.
1. The Kings have won three of four meetings this season, including 3-2 in a shootout in the last encounter Dec. 22.
2. The under is 6-0 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.
PREDICTION: Kings 3, Ducks 1
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:00 PM
AVALANCHE 4, KINGS 1: Paul Stastny scored twice and Semyon Varlamov turned aside 32 shots as Colorado completed its first season sweep of Los Angeles in 19 years.
Mark Olver scored for his third point in as many games since being recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Jay McClement also tallied for the Avalanche, who moved to within two points of the eighth-place Kings in the Western Conference.
All-Star Jonathan Quick was pulled after yielding three goals on 11 shots for Los Angeles, which has dropped four in a row and is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games.
After Olver opened the scoring at 7:04 of the first period, Stastny doubled the advantage exactly six minutes later after taking advantage of Kyle Clifford’s turnover before beating Quick to the post on a wraparound.
McClement’s deflection beat Quick to cap the first-period onslaught and Stastny cleaned up a rebound for his 16th goal of the season midway through the second.
Captain Dustin Brown ended Varlamov’s bid for his third shutout of the season and seventh career by deflecting Drew Doughty’s shot 4:35 into the third period. The tally was his 15th of the season and second in as many nights.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Stastny has collected two multi-goal games this campaign and 15 in his career. … Los Angeles swept Colorado in the series last season. Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog assisted on Stastny’s second goal, giving him seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last seven games. … Defenseman Erik Johnson exited the contest with back spasms.
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COYOTES 5, KINGS 4 (SO): Ray Whitney and Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout as host Phoenix overcame a 3-0 deficit to move into a first-place tie with the San Jose Sharks.
Whitney opened the shootout with a goal and Dustin Brown briefly leveled it in the second round. Boedker then used a backhand to beat Jonathan Quick before Jack Johnson’s attempt sailed wide right.
Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist and Shane Doan scored twice to help Phoenix win its sixth in a row at home and improve to 8-0-1 overall in February.
Vrbata leveled the score with 2:27 left in regulation on the Coyotes’ third power-play goal of the night with his team-best 30th of the season. Vrbata has seven goals and five assists his past nine games.
The scoring-challenged Kings, who were coming off back-to-back shutouts, exploded for three goals in the first 15 minutes. Drew Doughty, Andrei Loktionov and Brown all got in the scoring act against goaltender Mike Smith.
The Coyotes clawed their way back in the second, taking advantage of penalties for a pair of power-play goals. Vrbata scored 50 seconds into the frame and Doan followed suit five minutes later with a wrist shot from close range to cut it to 3-2.
Williams converted a power-play tally of his own midway through the second before Doan was at it again, scoring from nearly the same spot to make it a one-goal contest.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kings forward Jarret Stoll returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury. … Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford was sent to the locker room with a five-minute major for crosschecking Keith Yandle midway through the third, leading to Vrbata’s tying goal. … Smith is unbeaten in his last eight starts.
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FLAMES 1, KINGS 0:
Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:00 PM
Mike Cammalleri scored just over four minutes into the third period and Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves as the Flames edged the Kings to extend its point streak both overall and on the road to eight games.
Tom Kostopoulos notched an assist for the Flames, who improved to 5-0-3 in its last eight contests and 4-0-4 in its last eight away from home.
Kostopoulos chased down a loose puck and threw it toward the net from the right corner. The puck hit the side of the net and caromed into the low slot, where Cammalleri fired it past All-Star at 4:03 of the third for his 14th goal of the season and fifth in 14 games with Calgary.
Kiprusoff turned aside nine shots in the first period, 12 in the second and seven in the third for his 44th career shutout and fourth this campaign.
Quick made 17 saves for the Kings, who were blanked for the eighth time this season and second in as many games. Los Angeles, which has dropped five 1-0 decisions this campaign and three this month, has scored fewer than two goals in 12 of its 20 contests in 2012.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Calgary jumped ahead of Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. … The Kings have scored a total of seven goals in their last nine losses. … Brent Sutter’s Flames have scored once in each of their three meetings with Darryl Sutter’s Kings this season but have posted two victories. … Los Angeles has recorded two tallies or less in nine of its last 11 matchups with Calgary.
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COYOTES 1, KINGS 0:
Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:30 PM
Mike Smith recorded his second straight shutout by turning aside all 28 shots he faced and Radim Vrbata matched a career high with his 27th goal of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Los Angeles Kings in a physical battle at the Staples Center.
With the victory, the Coyotes improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games and pulled even with the Kings for seventh place in the Western Conference. The pair is just four points behind the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks.
The NHL’s First Star of the Week, Smith responded from his 38-save effort in a shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks by handcuffing the Kings.
Smith secured his fourth blanking of the season and 15th career by stopping 11 shots in the first period, eight in the second and nine in the third. Smith also improved to 7-2-1 in his career versus Los Angeles.
Vrbata finally broke through after Kings defenseman Jack Johnson was serving a delay of game penalty.
With 4:01 left in the second period, Vrbata accepted a cross-ice feed from Ray Whitney and wired a shot from the right faceoff circle past All-Star Jonathan Quick. The tally was Vrbata’s fifth in nine contests.
Quick finished with 20 saves for the Kings, who fell to 2-4-1 in their last seven games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The teams waged a physical battle in the first period, with three fights and two roughing penalties to highlight a scoreless session. … Whitney, who saw his eight-game point streak come to an end in the team’s last contest, had an assist on Vrbata’s goal.
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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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