It’s that time again for the weekly review of the Kings with the notes and news going on about the Staples Center, where following the 2-0 win over the Blues the Kings would look to carry the momentum on during the week and the homestand.
The Week That Was
The start of the homestand would be seriously one to forget, where the Kings would take a 7-3 drubbing off the Colorado Avalanche in a hilariously one sided affair where the Avs would score six goals before the Kings would score two of their own towards the end of the game with goals from Clifford, Luff and Wagner altogether.
The start of the weekend wouldn’t bring much better luck either, as the visiting and struggling Vancouver Canucks would put up a win of their own by beating the Kings 4-2. Though despite the Kings tying the game 2-2 off Matt Luff, the rookie sensation and very likely Calder winner in Elias Pettersson would score the game winner and Tyler Motte would sink home the last goal to give the Canucks a much needed win after losing eight straight games.
The Kings would end the weekend on a high however, against the Edmonton Oilers in which it would see them winning 5-2 against them with notably a hat trick scored by Dustin Brown. Supporting goals would come from Matt Luff and Anze Kopitar but the game would swing in the Kings favour similar to Vancouver scoring the game winning goal in the previous game, except this time it would be Kopitar starting the goal scoring and Luff finishing it.
The Week That Will Be
The Kings finish the month on a three game road trip going through Vancouver (Tuesday), Edmonton (Friday) and Calgary (Saturday) before coming home on Sunday to start a four game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Standings and Stat Leaders
Record: 8-14-1 (Last in Division, Conference, NHL).
Goals: Kopitar (7)
Assists: Doughty (12)
Points: Kovalchuk, Doughty (14)
Plus-Minus: Luff (+4)
GAA: Campbell (2.33)
Sv%: Campbell (92.3%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)
PP: 15.3% (30th in NHL)
PK: 73.9% (29th in NHL)
Other Notes (As per Jon Rosen)
Adrian Kempe is listed as questionable and D2D. Jonathan Quick is likely to return during the road trip this week. Carl Hagelin has been listed on the IR as week to week with an MCL sprain.
Mike Futa spoke with Jon Rosen regarding up and coming prospects, speaking of Rasmus Kupari who has 26 total points in the Liiga and CHL so far this season, and Nikolai Prohorkin who may wind up being in black and silver once his contract expires currently has 16 points in 19 games in the KHL.