|61||LOS ANGELES||-135||Ov 5,-135||-135||Ov 5,-145|
|62||PHOENIX||+115||Un 5,+115||+115||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-2-0||-2.5||0-2||-2.5||0-2||1.0||30.0||2.5||35.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-3-0||-3.8||0-3||-3.8||1-2||1.3||27.0||3.3||30.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||4||1||2||1||0||0||81||4.9%||19||0||0.0%||7|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||60||3.3%||14||0||0.0%||3|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||4||1||2||1||0||0||81||4.9%||19||0||0.0%||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||10||3||1||5||1||0||92||10.9%||18||3||16.7%||16|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||5||0||0||4||1||0||70||7.1%||13||2||15.4%||9|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||1||5||1||0||92||10.9%||18||3||16.7%||16|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||3||3||92||82||89.1%||0||0-3||-3.8||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Road Games)||2||2||70||65||92.9%||0||0-2||-2.5||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||3||3||92||82||89.1%||0||0-3||-3.8||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-1-0||-0.1||1-1||-0.1||2-0||4.5||35.5||3.5||28.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-3-0||-2.2||1-3||-2.2||4-0||3.7||36.5||4.0||29.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||15||1||6||8||0||0||146||10.3%||19||5||26.3%||26|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||9||1||3||5||0||0||71||12.7%||8||1||12.5%||16|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||15||1||6||8||0||0||146||10.3%||19||5||26.3%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||2||6||0||3||3||0||0||75||8.0%||11||4||36.4%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||16||3||5||8||0||1||118||13.6%||19||5||26.3%||29|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||7||1||4||2||0||0||57||12.3%||8||1||12.5%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||3||5||8||0||1||118||13.6%||19||5||26.3%||29|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||2||1||6||0||1||61||14.8%||11||4||36.4%||17|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||2||1||56||51||91.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||1||0||22||21||95.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (vs. Division)||1||1||34||30||88.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||2||1||56||51||91.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||2||2||35||29||82.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (vs. Division)||1||1||26||22||84.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LOS ANGELES 3.22, PHOENIX 3.32|
|1/19/2013||CHICAGO||2-5||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||at EDMONTON||1-2||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/2/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/5/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/19/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||CHICAGO||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||COLUMBUS||5-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|LOS ANGELES: |
LAST SEASON: 40-27-15, 95 points. Won Stanley Cup.
COACH: Darryl Sutter, 2nd season with Kings, 25-13-11; 12th overall, 434-333-142 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Anthony Stewart.
LOST: RW Kevin Westgarth.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Anze Kopitar. The Kings' leading scorer in five straight seasons injured his knee in Sweden shortly before the lockout ended. He's not expected to opening day, and if his injury lingers, Los Angeles' offense will be compromised.
OUTLOOK: With Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and every significant player returning from the first championship team in franchise history, the Stanley Cup holders believe their continuity in a short season gives them a strong chance at a repeat.
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (LOS ANGELES-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Kings-Coyotes Preview* =======================
Los Angeles (0-2-1) at Phoenix (1-3-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes are both angry from blown opportunities leading up to their first meeting since last year's Western Conference finals.
Last season could be a distant memory for these teams at the bottom of the Pacific Division heading into Saturday night's matchup in Arizona.
Los Angeles (0-2-1) allowed the tying goal with 4.7 seconds left in regulation in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss at Edmonton. The Kings failed to make Jeff Carter's second-period goal stand up as the winner.
"We should have won that game, we're not happy with ourselves," defenseman Drew Doughty said.
That same night, Phoenix (1-3-0) built a two-goal lead early in the third period only to fall 5-3 at San Jose.
"We gave it away," captain Shane Doan said. "We had control of the game, we were playing the way we wanted to, we were controlling every real aspect of the game and gave it away."
The Kings haven't gone winless in their first four games since opening with three ties and two defeats in 1997-98.
"Going into our next game, we gotta win that game, no ifs, ands or buts," Doughty said. "Right now we're way out of a playoff spot and we want to be in one for the rest of the season."
Los Angeles won all three road games in the West finals last year, eliminating Phoenix in five. This is the Kings' first game in Glendale since Dustin Penner scored in overtime of a 2-1 victory in Game 5, calling it "the biggest goal of my career so far."
Penner, however, was benched Thursday by coach Darryl Sutter after coming up empty in his first two games.
The man Penner beat for the series-winning goal, Mike Smith, may not be available Saturday for Phoenix. Smith was scratched Thursday with a lower-body injury, with former Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera making his first start.
Smith started every game of the Los Angeles series, posting a 2.46 goals-against average. Jonathan Quick had a 1.52 GAA in the West finals for the Kings.
The series ended with Doan and Smith drawing game misconducts. They were angry about a hit from Kings captain Dustin Brown that knocked defenseman Michal Rozsival from the game just before Penner's goal.
Dwight King scored a team-high four goals in the series for Los Angeles while Brown and Carter each tallied a team-best five points. Doan had a team-high two goals and tied Derek Morris for the club lead with three points.
Los Angeles is 0 for 19 on the power play this season and went 2 for 27 in the series versus the Coyotes. Phoenix has allowed five power-play goals in 19 opportunities in 2013.
The Kings will get their first look at a Coyotes team with veteran winger Steve Sullivan, who has four goals and an assist in his last two contests. His goal total matches Los Angeles' season output.
Another Phoenix newcomer, center Matthew Lombardi, left in the second period Thursday with an upper-body injury. His status for this game is uncertain.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 12:42:32 AM EST|