|65||COLUMBUS||+190||Ov 5,-130||+170||Ov 5,-135|
|66||LOS ANGELES||-230||Un 5,+110||-200||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-3-0||-1.5||1-3||-1.5||1-3||1.5||26.5||3.5||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||4-1||3.2||30.6||3.0||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||30||7||11||11||1||1||370||8.1%||59||9||15.3%||53|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||6||1||3||1||1||1||106||5.7%||15||2||13.3%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||5||5||6||0||0||153||10.5%||21||4||19.0%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||13||11||15||2||3||382||10.7%||50||8||16.0%||75|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||14||6||2||6||0||0||130||10.8%||11||2||18.2%||27|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||5||6||1||1||136||11.0%||19||3||15.8%||27|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||7||7||183||164||89.6%||1||2-5||-2.6||2-5-0||-2||2-4|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||2||2||62||56||90.3%||1||1-1||+0.5||1-1-0||+1||0-2|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||79||69||87.3%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||7||6||197||178||90.4%||0||2-4||-1.2||2-4-0||-1||4-2|
|STEVE MASON (Road Games)||2||2||68||60||88.2%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||2-1||+1.8||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1.8||1-2||-1.8||1-1||2.0||24.3||3.0||19.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||2-1||2.8||33.4||3.2||22.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||26||6||13||6||1||1||331||7.9%||51||6||11.8%||43|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||6||1||2||2||1||1||73||8.2%||15||2||13.3%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||7||3||0||0||167||8.4%||18||4||22.2%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||32||12||9||9||2||2||274||11.7%||49||10||20.4%||51|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||9||5||2||1||1||1||59||15.3%||11||1||9.1%||13|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||7||6||3||0||1||112||14.3%||19||6||31.6%||26|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||2||1||43||38||88.4%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||2||1||43||38||88.4%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||10||10||230||205||89.1%||1||3-7||-5.8||3-7-0||-5||4-4|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||3||3||59||51||86.4%||0||1-2||-1.8||1-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||68||58||85.3%||1||1-3||-2.5||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.11, LOS ANGELES 3.29|
|1/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||at PHOENIX||1-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at COLORADO||0-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/28/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||P|
|2/2/2013||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||EDMONTON||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE||6-2||W||0, +165||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/16/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/23/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/24/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|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||4-2||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|1/28/2013||VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||P|
|1/31/2013||NASHVILLE||1-2||L||0, -155||L||5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at ANAHEIM||4-7||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|2/5/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||at NASHVILLE||0-3||L||0, -115||L||5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/11/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-1||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||P|
|2/17/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/19/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/20/2013||at CALGARY|| |
LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Kings Preview* ============================
Columbus (4-7-2) at Los Angeles (4-5-2), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets are both in last place in their respective divisions, but these franchises are in vastly different situations.
While the Kings are trying to get on track to defend their first Stanley Cup title, the Blue Jackets are surrounded by questions after changing general managers ahead of Friday night's matchup at Staples Center.
This is the only home game for Los Angeles (4-5-2) within a nine-game stretch. The Kings completed a 2-3-0 road trip with Monday's 4-1 victory over St. Louis.
Columbus (4-7-2), meanwhile, fired general manager Scott Howson on Wednesday and replaced him with Jarmo Kekalainen, a Finnish native who becomes the first European GM in NHL history.
Kekalainen will arrive in Columbus as soon as travel and visa issues are resolved, but any sense of history for the Blue Jackets' European players is of secondary concern to fixing issues on the ice.
"I remember how it was with the first coach from Europe, when he coached in the NHL, it was always a topic," Czech winger Vinny Prospal said. "Here, this is a hard business, and you're only going to evaluate people, not where they are from but what they do and how hard they work."
The Blue Jackets are opening a six-game trip. The timing of Howson's dismissal caught them off guard after Columbus outshot Edmonton 40-14 in a 3-1 loss Sunday and ended a three-game slide with Monday's 6-2 victory over San Jose.
"Unfortunately something like that happens because of our performance on the ice," defenseman Jack Johnson said. "But it's our job as a team not let anything derail us, we have to keep moving forward and get ready to try to win a game on Friday."
Johnson will return to Los Angeles for the first time since the deal last Feb. 23 that sent Jeff Carter to the Kings.
These teams are meeting for the second time after the Kings won 4-2 on the road Feb. 5. Justin Williams had three assists, Carter had a power-play goal and Jonathan Quick made 18 saves to improve to 8-2-0 with a 1.99 goals against-average in his last 10 starts versus Columbus.
Backup Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves Monday in his first start. Quick has started every other game, but coach Darryl Sutter wants to see improvement from his No. 1 goaltender. Quick has allowed three goals in each of his last two games.
"We need him to play a hell of a lot better than he has," Sutter told the Kings' official website. "Our goals against, our save percentage, when you do all that stuff, it's not where it has to be."
Sutter also expects a different challenge from the Blue Jackets since James Wisniewski and Nikita Nikitin didn't play in the first meeting.
"They bring Wisniewski in, and they can pair the two Russians (Nikitin and Fedor Tyutin) together because they're healthy now, and pair Johnson and Wisniewski," the coach said. "That's a pretty formidable four guys, so that would be the difference from the last time."
Los Angeles is 9-3-0 in its last 12 against Columbus, which has come up empty in its last 39 power-play chances against the Kings.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:03:02 PM EST|