Boston is on a hot streak, winning their last 3 games in a row. The Kings are on a cold streak, losing 3 in a row. Will it be more of the same for both teams? Or will the Kings reverse their fortunes against a strong Boston team?
The Kings lost to Buffalo last night, 4-2. Jonathan Bernier dropped his second straight contest after receiving news that he would also start for the Kings in Montreal. Bernier is now 2-4-0 with an .891 save % and 3.18 GAA.
Keys to the game:
Where do they stand?
Kings (12-6-0) vs. Boston (11-5-1)
-Justin Williams scoring streak finally came to an end last night after reaching 11 straight games. Can he hit the score sheet again? Dustin Brown is tied for the team lead with 9 goals.
-Nathan Horton, a new Bruin, leads the team in points with 18. Milan Lucic has found his stride this year and has 10 goals already.
On the shelf?
-Kings are still without top defenseman Willie Mitchell and they’re feeling the effects for sure. They’re also missing the services of Alexei Ponikarovsky, which has caused a lot of juggling in the Kings line-up.
-Boston has had a tough road as far as injuries as well with Savard, Sturm, and Krejci all in the press box.
In the Crease?
-Quick will return to the net after Bernier’s failing effort last night. Quick is without a doubt the Kings #1. He’s 10-2-0, with a .936 save % and 1.73 GAA.
-Tim Thomas is one of the hottest keepers in the league at 10-1-0, .960 save % and 1.37 GAA. Despite strong numbers, Rask’s record is just 1-4-1. However, he registered a shutout last night against Florida. Who gets the call?
-The Kings don’t lack motivation coming into this game. They need to stop the losing and fast. The difference between 2nd (where the Kings sit) and 13th place in the West is just 4 points. Will the Kings best players indeed be their best players? Can the Kings lock down their penalty-kill again and finally generate some momentum on the man-advantage?
-Rask was thought to be the Bruins’ starter at the beginning of the season, but Thomas has taken back the net. Will competitive spirit inspire great play from both? With the Bruins top 2 centers out, will the supporting cast continue to shine in the spotlight?
Where to go?
-Puck Drops at 7:00pm ET on NESN, and 4:00pm PT on FSW.
About the Author
Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney