After a solid Christmas week that included home victories over St. Louis, Arizona and San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings had a tough swing through Canada, followed by a Saturday night home matchup at STAPLES Center versus the Nashville Predators. The Kings lost three of four during the week, including overtime losses to the Predators and Edmonton Oilers. The week ended with a wild lost to Nashville, 7-6 in overtime, following a ferocious comeback from the Kings to tie the game.
Week Recap: The Kings kicked off the week with a trip to Calgary to take on the Flames, falling behind 2-0 on two first period goals from the Calgary Flames, a minute apart from Curtis Glencross and Markus Granlund. Tyler Toffoli scored in the second period to pull within a goal, but the Kings were unable to get another shot past Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller. Following the loss in Calgary the Kings made the trip north to Edmonton to complete the Alberta back-to-back, losing 3-2 to the Oilers in a shootout. Like the night before the Kings fell behind 2-0, coming back with third period goals from Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin to tie the game and send it to overtime and then the shootout. The Oilers would prevail in the shootout, ending a nine-game losing streak. The Kings would preserve an all important road point, setting up the opportunity to pick up a victory in Vancouver to complete the three-game road trip on a positive note. The Kings prevailed in Vancouver by a 3-2 score with Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scoring late to give the Kings a come from behind win. The victory overshadowed the fact that the Kings fell behind 2-0 in for the third consecutive game, coming from behind once again. The Kings comeback gave them three points on the road trip and send them back to STAPLES Center for a Saturday night matchup with the Predators on a winning note. In one of the wildest games of the NHL season the Kings would score first and then give up five unanswered goals to the Predators, eventually falling behind 6-3 on an Ollie Jokinen goals mid-way through the third period. Amazingly the Kings would storm back and score three times in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score at 6-6 and send the game into overtime. The Kings expended effort likely contributed to their sudden loss when the Predators scored just 18 seconds into overtime.
Up Next for the Kings: The Kings have three days off before they host the New York Rangers at STAPLES Center on Thursday in a Stanley Cup rematch. The Kings defeated the Rangers in six games last summer to win their second Stanley Cup title in three seasons. The Kings complete the week with another game at STAPLES Center on Saturday, January 10 when they host the Winnipeg Jets.
Where They Stand: With 47 points the Kings are in 5th place in the Western Conference, tied with the Vancouver Canucks. They are eleven points behind the Anaheim Ducks, who lead both the Western Conference and the Pacific Division.
Here is a look at the Los Angeles Kings Games upcoming games at the Staples Center
Rangers @ Kings Tickets
Thur, Jan 8th at 7:30PM Staples Center | Up 2% | Tickets start at $50.00
The Rangers come to the Staples Center in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with a 8-6-1 road record.
Jets @ Kings Tickets
Sat, Jan 10th at 7:00PM Staples Center | Up 2% | Tickets start at $50.00
The Winnipeg Jets are currently ranked 8th I the Western Conference and have an 11-4-4 road record. The Kings beat the Jets in Winnipeg on Oct 12th.
Maple Leafs @ Kings Tickets
Mon, Jan 12th at 7:30PM Staples Center | Down 18% | Tickets start at $34.00
The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in 7th place in the Easter Conference and have a 7-8-3 road record. The Kings lost to the Maple Leafs in their first meeting in Toronto.
Devils @ Kings Tickets
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Wed, Jan 14th at 7:30PM Staples Center | Down 17% | Tickets start at $35.00
The Eastern Conference New Jersey Devils come into the Staples Center with a road record 8-13-2.
Ducks @ Kings Tickets
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Sat, Jan 17th at 7:00PM Staples Center | Up 22% | Tickets start at $105.00
Currently in first place the Anaheim Ducks return to the Staples Center for the Kings and Ducks last meeting in Los Angeles. The Kings won their previous Nov 11th meeting at the Staples Center.
Flames @ Kings Tickets
Mon, Jan 19th at 7:30PM Staples Center | Down 4% | Tickets start at $35.00
Currently the Calgary Flames have 45 points and are sitting just two points behind the Kings, Sharks, Canucks, and Jets who all are tied with 47 points in the Western Conference.
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BY: Chris M.
Ticket prices based on secondary market averages and are subject to change.