|71||ST LOUIS||+115||Ov 5,-110||+110||Ov 5,+105|
|72||LOS ANGELES||-135||Un 5,-110||-130||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-4-0||+1.7||6-4||+1.7||6-2||3.1||28.8||2.8||25.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||1-3||1.4||26.6||2.2||21.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||21||60||24||16||16||4||3||594||10.1%||69||20||29.0%||107|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||31||15||7||6||3||3||288||10.8%||29||9||31.0%||52|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||2||2||3||0||0||133||5.3%||11||1||9.1%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||61||23||19||17||2||2||480||12.7%||73||15||20.5%||107|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||28||13||5||9||1||1||258||10.9%||41||11||26.8%||48|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||5||1||4||1||0||107||10.3%||12||1||8.3%||17|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||5||4||114||102||89.5%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)||3||3||81||73||90.1%||0||3-0||+3.2||3-0-0||+3||3-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||96||90.6%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||10||8||213||181||85.0%||0||2-6||-7.6||2-6-0||-8||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)||5||3||111||101||91.0%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||84||82.4%||0||0-4||-6.6||0-4-0||-7||2-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||9||9||152||137||90.1%||3||6-3||+2.5||6-3-0||+3||5-4|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)||4||4||65||56||86.2%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||80||73||91.2%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-2-0||+3.2||6-2||+3.2||3-3||3.0||23.9||1.9||21.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||3-1||3.6||25.2||2.0||25.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||54||10||22||21||1||3||577||9.4%||79||14||17.7%||92|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||24||3||8||12||1||2||191||12.6%||32||7||21.9%||40|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||2||7||9||0||1||126||14.3%||16||5||31.2%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||48||17||17||12||2||3||501||9.6%||81||14||17.3%||79|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||15||6||5||3||1||1||174||8.6%||28||3||10.7%||23|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||6||2||0||1||126||7.9%||15||2||13.3%||16|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||6||5||135||126||93.3%||0||5-0||+5.4||5-0-0||+5||1-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Home Games)||3||3||65||62||95.4%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||88||95.7%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-3|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||15||15||364||328||90.1%||1||6-9||-4.8||6-9-0||-4||6-5|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||5||5||109||98||89.9%||0||3-2||+0.2||3-2-0||0||2-1|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||97||89||91.8%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.16, LOS ANGELES 3.09|
|2/7/2013||DETROIT||1-5||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||ANAHEIM||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/11/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||at DETROIT||4-3||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at CALGARY||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||SAN JOSE||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/20/2013||at COLORADO||0-1||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -230||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/1/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/7/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/9/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/10/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/12/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|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|
|2/15/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|2/17/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||at EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||U|
|2/20/2013||at CALGARY||3-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 ev||P|
|2/25/2013||ANAHEIM||5-2||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|2/27/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5 un||O|
|3/4/2013||NASHVILLE||5-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/12/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/14/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/16/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
|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 (ST LOUIS-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blues-Kings Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (11-8-2) at Los Angeles (11-7-2), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The last time the Los Angeles Kings hosted the St. Louis Blues, they completed a sweep of their playoff series on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup title.
The Kings' recent surge started with a victory at St. Louis.
Jeff Carter and Los Angeles look to continue their outstanding stretch by beating the Blues for the seventh consecutive meeting Tuesday night at Staples Center.
The Kings (11-7-2) outscored the Blues 15-6 while sweeping them out of the second round of last season's playoffs, clinching the series with a 3-1 home victory.
They beat St. Louis again Feb. 11, when Carter scored twice en route to a 4-1 road win for their eighth victory in nine meetings and sixth in a row including the postseason.
Los Angeles has parlayed the most recent victory over the Blues (11-8-2) into an 8-2-0 spurt after sputtering to a 3-5-2 start.
Carter has been a force with 10 goals in these 10 games, giving him 14 on the season to tie Pittsburgh's James Neal for second in the league, three back of Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Carter has also found the net six times over the past four home games, while the Kings have won five in a row there. He netted a hat trick Monday, spurring a 5-1 romp over Nashville to open this five-game homestand.
"He's been unbelievable for us and he's scoring some big goals," goaltender Jonathan Bernier said. "We need a guy like that who takes over, and he's doing that right now."
It's unclear if Bernier or Jonathan Quick will be in net Tuesday. Bernier made 18 saves against the Predators to win a fifth straight start, allowing one goal in each. He had 21 saves at St. Louis last month to start that streak.
"Every time (coach Darryl) Sutter puts me in, I've got to do my job," Bernier said. "I'm lucky that the guys have been playing very well in front of me, and that makes my job a lot easier."
Quick allowed four goals in a 5-2 loss at Vancouver on Saturday, but has a 0.99 goals-against average and two shutouts while winning six of his last seven starts against the Blues. He's 3-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA in his last four home starts this season.
St. Louis is 6-3-1 on the road, but opened this five-game trek with a 4-1 defeat at Dallas on Sunday, falling for the fourth time in six games overall.
"We had too many average performances. What can you say?" coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Too many average performances doesn't get it done on the road."
Production from Patrik Berglund would be a welcome change. The center leads the team with nine goals, but he has gone five straight games without a point after finding the net once in each of the previous four.
Berglund doesn't have a point in the last 10 overall meetings with Los Angeles.
Alex Steen scored St. Louis' only goal against the Kings last month, and he's managed four in the past six regular-season meetings. The center failed to beat Quick on 13 shots during the playoffs.
The Blues may return to Jaroslav Halak after resting him in favor of Brian Elliott, who had 23 stops Sunday in his first start since making 19 saves against L.A. He's 0-4-1 with a 4.83 GAA over his last five starts, while Halak is 5-1-1 with a 1.90 GAA and two shutouts this season.
Elliott has a 3.12 GAA while losing all nine of his starts versus the Kings, and he was in net during the postseason. Halak, meanwhile, is 4-2-0 with a 1.60 GAA and two shutouts in six meetings since arriving in St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:13:10 PM EST|