|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|53||LOS ANGELES||+110||Ov 5,+125||+105||Ov 5,+130|
|54||ST LOUIS||-130||Un 5,-145||-125||Un 5,-150|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-16-0||-9.7||8-16||-9.7||11-9||2.5||33.4||3.1||27.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||1-3||2.2||25.6||2.2||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||133||34||52||44||3||7||1431||9.3%||166||33||19.9%||226|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||59||11||29||19||0||2||801||7.4%||81||15||18.5%||100|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||6||2||1||0||128||8.6%||13||2||15.4%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||118||33||42||38||5||7||1198||9.8%||161||27||16.8%||194|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||74||21||26||23||4||5||652||11.3%||91||19||20.9%||124|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||5||4||0||0||134||8.2%||11||1||9.1%||20|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||14||12||306||282||92.2%||1||10-2||+8.3||10-2-0||+8||4-6|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)||7||5||146||132||90.4%||0||3-2||+1.3||3-2-0||+1||1-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||85||78||91.8%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||37||36||889||802||90.2%||2||17-19||-7.1||17-19-0||-7||15-13|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Road Games)||19||19||504||449||89.1%||1||5-14||-11||5-14-0||-10||10-6|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||100||91.7%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-9-0||+0.5||15-9||+0.5||8-14||2.5||27.5||2.2||23.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||1-3||3.0||26.8||1.8||22.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||129||41||41||38||9||8||1336||9.7%||149||29||19.5%||221|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||59||15||23||17||4||4||660||8.9%||84||18||21.4%||103|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||8||2||0||0||134||11.2%||18||4||22.2%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||115||32||45||36||2||4||1161||9.9%||150||23||15.3%||202|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||52||12||24||15||1||2||569||9.1%||66||7||10.6%||93|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||2||4||3||0||0||113||8.0%||13||1||7.7%||14|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||15||13||346||313||90.5%||1||9-4||+3.7||9-4-0||+4||6-6|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||7||6||164||153||93.3%||1||4-2||+0.4||4-2-0||+1||1-5|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||65||56||86.2%||0||1-2||-2.4||1-2-0||-2||0-2|
|JAKE ALLEN (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||24||20||526||477||90.7%||0||12-8||-0.1||12-8-0||-1||6-10|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||12||12||266||236||88.7%||0||7-5||-1.6||7-5-0||-2||4-6|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||4||79||72||91.1%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||1-2|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||16||15||286||257||89.9%||3||8-7||+0.1||8-7-0||+1||8-6|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||7||6||138||129||93.5%||2||4-2||+1.7||4-2-0||+2||3-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||73||67||91.8%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|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|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Playoff 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 3.17, ST LOUIS 3.18|
|4/4/2013||MINNESOTA||3-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||EDMONTON||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||P|
|4/7/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||O|
|4/11/2013||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -285||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5 un||P|
|4/18/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -200||W||5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -185||W||5 ov||O|
|4/23/2013||at MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 un||U|
|4/24/2013||at DETROIT||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5 un||P|
|4/30/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|5/2/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|5/4/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|5/6/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/4/2013||at CHICAGO||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2013||COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at DETROIT||1-0||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -130||W||5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-0||W||0, -110||W||5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-4||L||0, -110||L||5 un||P|
|4/14/2013||CHICAGO||0-2||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||VANCOUVER||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, -165||W||5 un||U|
|4/19/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, -180||W||5 ev||U|
|4/21/2013||at COLORADO||3-5||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||O|
|4/23/2013||COLORADO||3-1||W||0, -230||W||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -235||W||5 ov||P|
|4/27/2013||CHICAGO||3-1||W||0, -260||W||5 un||U|
|4/30/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|5/2/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|5/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|5/6/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|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 NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (LOS ANGELES-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Kings-Blues Preview* =====================
By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer
Los Angeles At St Louis, Game One, 8:00 p.m. EDT
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- This time around, the St. Louis Blues are determined not to be a mere speed bump for the Los Angeles Kings.
Coach Ken Hitchcock likes his team's chances of making a deep playoff run, but scoffed away a suggestion that the Blues and Kings have a lot of similarities. After sweeping the Blues in the second round last spring en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup, Los Angeles won all three games this season, too, and have taken eight in a row overall.
"Look, we haven't beaten them in two years," Hitchcock said Monday. "I think we're really hungry for this series. It's a matchup that quite frankly if we're going to go far, the confidence if we could win this series would be astronomical."
The Blues have won 12 of their last 15 with a mix of stingy goaltending, tight checking and just enough offense. They won their last six at home to claim the fourth seed in the Western Conference after finishing one point ahead of the Kings.
Forward T.J Oshie, expected back from ankle surgery for Game 1 Tuesday night, believes the key to the series is "probably not let them push us around and intimidate us."
"I think last year, not everyone, but we had some guys that just didn't really want to go into the hard areas," Oshie said. "They're going to come hard and we're going to do the same."
Hitchcock said the Kings' pace was a bigger factor last spring and added "physical play is the most over-rated thing in playoffs."
Yet the Kings didn't downplay expectations it'll be a physical series.
"Big bodies on each side, I don't anticipate anything else," forward Justin Williams said. "If you're a slow team, you're going to get hit.
"If you skate the puck quick, get out of your zone quick, you're not going to be hit."
The Kings were the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup last year, bumping off the No. 2-seeded Blues, and begin their bid for a repeat as a well-respected No. 5.
"Los Angeles is the only team that has the knowledge of what it takes to win," Hitchcock said. "Everybody else can talk about it, but they have it, they know how deep you have to go."
Captain Dustin Brown, who scored twice in the Kings' clinching victory over St. Louis last season, said it's important to remember how grueling the playoffs can be.
"We went through it just last year," Brown said. "But sometimes you've got to really focus on how hard it is, how much work you have to put in to be successful this time of the year. Shift by shift, literally taking it one period at a time."
Part of that mind-set means not taking their recent dominance in the series for granted. The Blues made significant moves on defense for the stretch and after the final meeting against the Kings, picking up Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.
Jeff Carter had 26 goals and Anze Kopitar had a team-leading 42 points for the Kings.
"The playoffs are about players stepping up," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "Experience has got to help. It's not necessarily winning, it's understanding how long the haul is. We didn't play St. Louis until the second round last year, so St. Louis knows how to win, too.
The goalies figure to be in the spotlight, especially with neither team generating much offense. The Kings totaled two or fewer goals in five of their last seven and the Blues scored two or fewer goals in eight consecutive games this month.
Jonathan Quick was ready for it last year, allowing five goals against the Blues and taking the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP with a 1.41 goals-against average.
Brian Elliott gets the Game 1 start for St. Louis ahead of Jaroslav Halak, recovered from a groin injury, off a spectacular rebound from early-season difficulties that included a benching and conditioning stint in the minors. He won nine games in April with three straight shutouts on the road.
Hitchcock said there was a good reason Elliott struggled in the Kings series last year. He was treated for an inner-ear infection throughout the series, and Hitchcock said "I wasn't in the medical thing, all I knew was he had no balance."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 2:10:35 AM EST|