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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLORADO (7-7-0-1, 15 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (7-6-0-2, 16 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 4:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57COLORADO+155Ov 5,-120+155Ov 5,-110
58LOS ANGELES-175Un 5,+100-175Un 5,-110
COLORADO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-8-0-0.47-8-0.45-82.529.92.931.7
Team Stats (Road Games)2-5-0-2.12-5-2.14-32.428.03.934.4
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.43-13.430.43.437.2
COLORADO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1538101412234488.5%46613.0%63
Team Stats (Road Games)717556121968.7%20315.0%28
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5175912115211.2%13323.1%28
Stats Against (All Games) 43151710124769.0%671420.9%71
Stats Against (Road Games) 2771280224111.2%321237.5%46
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 17367111869.1%17317.6%28
COLORADO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)32746891.9%02-0+2.92-0-0+32-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)32746891.9%02-0+2.92-0-0+32-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)32746891.9%02-0+2.92-0-0+32-0
SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)131340036591.2%35-8-3.25-8-0-33-8
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)5516514688.5%10-5-50-5-0-52-3
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)4415614391.7%12-2+0.12-2-002-1

LOS ANGELES - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-8-0-2.47-8-2.44-72.430.12.525.0
Team Stats (Home Games)2-2-0-0.82-2-0.81-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.44-1+3.40-32.828.61.424.6
LOS ANGELES Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)153681512124518.0%63914.3%61
Team Stats (Home Games)4813311958.4%20315.0%11
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514347011439.8%17423.5%25
Stats Against (All Games) 381511102237510.1%661218.2%63
Stats Against (Home Games) 10522117213.9%1516.7%15
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 7331001235.7%22313.6%14
LOS ANGELES - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)43837691.6%03-0+3.43-0-0+30-2
JONATHAN BERNIER (Home Games)11131292.3%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)43837691.6%03-0+3.43-0-0+30-2
JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)121229126290.0%14-8-5.84-8-0-54-5
JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)33595186.4%01-2-1.81-2-0-21-1
JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)441069690.6%11-3-2.31-3-0-20-2
Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.04,  LOS ANGELES 3.16
COLORADO - Schedule
1/28/2013at EDMONTON1-4L0, +120L5.5 unU
1/30/2013at VANCOUVER0-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
1/31/2013at CALGARY6-3W0, +150W5.5 unO
2/2/2013EDMONTON3-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/4/2013DALLAS2-3L0, -135L5 ovP
2/6/2013ANAHEIM0-3L0, +115L5.5 unU
2/11/2013PHOENIX2-3L0, -105L5 ovP
2/14/2013at MINNESOTA4-3W0, +140W5 evO
2/16/2013at EDMONTON4-6L0, +115L5 ovO
2/18/2013NASHVILLE6-5W0, +105W5 evO
2/20/2013ST LOUIS1-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/23/2013at LOS ANGELES 
2/24/2013at ANAHEIM 
2/26/2013at SAN JOSE 
3/3/2013at COLUMBUS 
3/5/2013at DETROIT 
3/6/2013at CHICAGO 

LOS ANGELES - Schedule
1/28/2013VANCOUVER3-2W0, -145W5 ovP
1/31/2013NASHVILLE1-2L0, -155L5 unU
2/2/2013at ANAHEIM4-7L0, -115L5 ovO
2/5/2013at COLUMBUS4-2W0, -160W5.5 unO
2/7/2013at NASHVILLE0-3L0, -115L5 unU
2/10/2013at DETROIT2-3L0, -120L5 ovP
2/11/2013at ST LOUIS4-1W0, +140W5 ovP
2/15/2013COLUMBUS2-1W0, -175W5 ovU
2/17/2013at CHICAGO2-3L0, +140L5 ovP
2/19/2013at EDMONTON3-1W0, -120W5 ovU
2/20/2013at CALGARY3-1W0, +100W5.5 unU
3/2/2013at VANCOUVER 
3/5/2013ST LOUIS 

LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.

COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.

ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon

LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.


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 (COLORADO-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Avalanche-Kings Preview* =========================


Colorado (7-7-1) at Los Angeles (7-6-2), 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Los Angeles Kings are poised to continue their recent success, achieved mostly on the road, while playing a majority of their games over the next month at home.

They can start by ending their struggles against the Colorado Avalanche.

With each team looking for a season-high third straight victory Saturday, the Kings try to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat to the visiting Avalanche, who may have captain Gabriel Landeskog back in the lineup.

It took some time, but it appears the reigning Stanley Cup champions have finally hit their stride while winning four of five following a 3-5-2 start. Jeff Carter had a goal with an assist and Rob Scuderi added two assists in Los Angeles' second straight 3-1 victory Wednesday at Calgary.

"Now that we're a good portion into the season, most of the league has their legs under them and I'm not sure it's as big of a grind as it would be in an 82-game schedule," Scuderi said. "I think guys are fresh. Everybody realizes the importance of every single game now and that trumps the tired feeling in your legs."

Though the Kings (7-6-2) still rank near the bottom of the league with 36 goals, they own a 14-7 scoring advantage over their last five contests. Their only loss during that stretch came 3-2 at NHL-leading Chicago on Sunday.

"We've played well the last couple games," said forward Mike Richards, who has recorded three of his four goals while adding two assists in the last five contests. "We get to go home and play some games in front of our home crowd and hopefully we can have success at home."

With a 2-1-1 record at Staples Center, Los Angeles plays 13 of its next 16 there after a nine-game stretch with eight on the road.

"It's going to be nice to get back home," said Carter, who has a team-high eight goals.

The Kings, however, have been outscored 15-6 during an 0-4-1 skid against the Avalanche (7-7-1) following an 8-0-1 stretch in the series. Los Angeles has managed exactly one goal in each of the last four meetings.

Landeskog and David Jones each scored during a third-period rally while Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves in a 3-1 home win over the Kings on Jan. 22. Landeskog, last season's NHL rookie of the year, has missed the last 11 games with a concussion, but appears close to a return - possibly on this three-game California trip.

"My hands aren't quite there yet, feet aren't quite there," he said Wednesday. "My lungs aren't quite there. But I'm working on it, trying to get better every day."

Jones, a 20-goal scorer each of the last two seasons, ended a 10-game drought Wednesday when he scored for the first time since facing the Kings in a 1-0 overtime win over St. Louis.

"Hopefully this opens the floodgates a little bit for me," Jones told the NHL's official website. "I've had some good games and not scored, so now I've just got to keep going."

After allowing 10 goals on 93 shots in his previous two starts, Varlamov made 33 saves Wednesday for his second shutout. He's 4-1-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average against the Kings.

The Avalanche could be without veteran forward Milan Hejduk after he left Wednesday's game with a torso injury.

Last Updated: 5/20/2018 8:00:44 PM EST

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