Now I’m back from a weekend trip in Italy, it’s time to write up the week that was in Kings hockey with what the week brings ahead with the end of the homestand.
The Week That Was
The Kings homestand continued with a game against the Anaheim Ducks, where interestingly the visiting team would wear their special anniversary jerseys (Which for some reason remind me more of SJ’s colours rather than Anaheim’s) leading the Kings to wear their whites. Interim coach Willie Desjardins would make his debut to a solid 4-1 win over the I-5 rivals with goals coming in from Brown, Kovalchuk, Clifford and Toffoli. Following this game, Kovalchuk would regain his point per game status.
The following game against Minnesota however would almost be inverted against an emotional backdrop of the tragic events in Thousand Oaks, where both teams partook in a protest of sorts with banners saying “Enough”. For the Wild though, three goals would be more than enough to beat the Kings 3-1 as Muzzin would score first but the Wild would come in and leave an L in the column for the Kings. Notably in that game, Zach Parise would chalk up his 700th NHL point in his career.
To round off the week, Calgary would be next to visit the Staples Center in the Kings homestand and would strike first for the only goal of the game from Travis Harmonic as Mike Smith would collect a shutout on 21 saves.
The Week That Will Be
The Kings end their homestand against Toronto (Tuesday) before going on a three game road trip against Chicago (Friday), Nashville (Saturday) and St. Louis (Next Monday).
Standings and Stat Leaders
Record: 5-10-1 (Last in Division, Conference.
Goals: Kovalchuk, (5)
Assists: Doughty, Kovalchuk (9)
Points: Kovalchuk (14)
Plus-Minus: Kopitar, Brown, Muzzin, LaDue, Clifford (0)
GAA: Budaj (2.00)
Sv%: Campbell (92.3%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell (1)
PP: 14.8% (27th in NHL)
PK: 82.2% (11th in NHL)
Cal Petersen has been called up from Ontario following Jack Campbell being placed on the IR for up to 6 weeks with a knee injury, he will likely back up Peter Budaj.
Jonathan Quick is slowly progressing in his rehab for his knee injury, but Desjardins will not want to rush him back in.
Marco Sturm will finish his coaching stint in Germany and join up with the team ahead of the game against Toronto, at which point he officially becomes the interim assistant coach behind Desjardins.
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