|13||LOS ANGELES||+115||Ov 5,-120||+100||Ov 5,-110|
|14||ST LOUIS||-135||Un 5,+100||-120||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-9-0||-3.4||6-9||-3.4||7-5||2.7||32.8||3.1||27.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.5||3-2||-0.5||1-3||2.4||30.8||1.8||25.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||93||21||35||36||1||4||933||10.0%||116||22||19.0%||161|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15||40||7||19||14||0||1||492||8.1%||57||10||17.5%||69|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||2||5||5||0||0||154||7.8%||19||3||15.8%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||80||27||27||24||2||4||785||10.2%||119||21||17.6%||134|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||46||15||18||12||1||2||407||11.3%||63||14||22.2%||78|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||2||2||5||0||0||128||7.0%||16||0||0.0%||17|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||10||8||221||204||92.3%||0||8-0||+8.4||8-0-0||+8||3-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)||4||2||84||77||91.7%||0||2-0||+2.4||2-0-0||+2||0-1|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||86||78||90.7%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||25||24||561||502||89.5%||2||10-14||-8||10-14-0||-8||11-9|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Road Games)||13||13||321||284||88.5%||1||4-9||-5.8||4-9-0||-5||7-4|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||86||79||91.9%||1||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-7-0||-4.1||8-7||-4.1||7-7||2.5||28.1||2.6||22.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.6||2-3||-2.6||0-5||1.8||32.2||2.0||20.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||92||31||26||29||6||4||916||10.0%||104||23||22.1%||161|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||38||10||13||13||2||1||421||9.0%||53||12||22.6%||68|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||1||2||5||1||0||161||5.6%||14||1||7.1%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||89||29||31||27||2||3||753||11.8%||108||20||18.5%||157|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||39||12||17||9||1||1||338||11.5%||40||5||12.5%||70|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||6||1||0||0||102||9.8%||9||1||11.1%||17|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||12||11||288||261||90.6%||1||8-3||+3.8||8-3-0||+4||6-5|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||6||5||137||127||92.7%||1||3-2||-0.6||3-2-0||0||1-4|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||82||75||91.5%||1||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-1||0-4|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||11||8||221||188||85.1%||0||2-6||-7.6||2-6-0||-8||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||5||5||102||80||78.4%||0||1-4||-6.4||1-4-0||-7||4-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||81||67||82.7%||0||0-3||-4.6||0-3-0||-5||1-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||14||13||242||216||89.3%||3||7-6||+0.2||7-6-0||+1||7-6|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||6||5||99||93||93.9%||2||4-1||+2.9||4-1-0||+3||2-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||69||63||91.3%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LOS ANGELES 3.06, ST LOUIS 3.17|
|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||6-4||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||DALLAS||2-5||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||CALGARY||6-2||W||0, -210||W||5 ov||O|
|3/11/2013||CALGARY||3-1||W||0, -205||W||5 ov||U|
|3/12/2013||at PHOENIX||2-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||SAN JOSE||5-2||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, -185||W||5 ov||P|
|3/21/2013||DALLAS||0-2||L||0, -215||L||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2013||VANCOUVER||0-1||L||0, -155||L||5 ev||U|
|3/25/2013||at CHICAGO||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/30/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/31/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|4/2/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/7/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|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||4-6||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||at SAN JOSE||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/12/2013||SAN JOSE||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||PHOENIX||3-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/23/2013||at EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/24/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||EDMONTON||0-3||L||0, -230||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/1/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/4/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/7/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (LOS ANGELES-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Kings-Blues Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (18-12-2) at St. Louis (17-13-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
A recent rough stretch has St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock concerned about his team's collective focus.
After a much-needed road win, the Los Angeles Kings are poised for more success on their current trip.
The Blues hope to avoid a third straight loss by ending their recent struggles against the visiting Kings on Thursday night.
St. Louis (17-13-2) is in playoff position, two points behind sixth-place Los Angeles (18-12-2), but a loser in three of four since winning five of six. The Blues recorded a season-high 43 shots on goal but had their four-game home winning streak end with a 3-0 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday.
Afterward, Hitchcock and the team held a lengthy closed-door meeting.
"I think it's going to require a deeper buy-in from the group, which is what we talked about here with our leaders," he told the NHL's official website. "It's going to take a deeper buy-in by the group for us to be successful. I think that's going to be a partnership by management, coaches and players. It's going to have to be deeper. It's not deep enough."
Hitchcock added: "You have the same people, they just want different pieces of the pie."
The Blues have been held to two or fewer goals four times in five games and have totaled two goals in 81 shots in losing their last two.
"A lot of shots in volume, but maybe too many perimeter (shots) and not enough second and third opportunities," said Blues forward David Backes, who scored 55 goals the past two seasons but has three this year and none in 12 games. "All goalies in the NHL are good and if you're not getting those chances, it's tough to score."
St. Louis rookie Jake Allen had a 2.09 goals-against average while winning eight of his first nine starts but has allowed six goals on 26 shots in his last two. He was pulled after yielding three on seven shots Tuesday.
The Blues could face a difficult task against Los Angeles, which scored 10 goals while winning the previous two 2013 meetings. Including last season's playoffs, the Kings have won seven straight over the Blues.
Los Angeles snapped a three-game road skid and two-game goal drought by opening a five-game trip with a comeback 5-4 win at Chicago on Monday. The Kings went 150 minutes, 35 seconds without a goal before Anze Kopitar's early in the second period. Dustin Brown capped a two-goal third by converting his own rebound with 1:27 left.
"We kept battling," said center Tyler Toffoli, who scored his second goal in his fourth career game. "Pucks started going in. We'd lost two at home, so we wanted to get the road trip going well. Now it's important to carry it into the next game."
Including the playoffs, Kopitar has three goals and six assists in five games versus St. Louis.
Jonathan Quick has a 1.04 GAA while winning seven of eight regular season and playoff contests against the Blues.
Before the Kings shifted their focus on the Blues, the reigning Stanley Cup champions were honored by President Barack Obama at The White House on Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2014 8:44:16 PM EST|