The Kings escaped using the shootout parachute device on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. After taking a 3 goal lead, the Kings relaxed and let the Bruins cruise back into the game. After managing to survive regulation and overtime, Michal Handzus finished a nail-biter of a shootout off with a goal for the win.
Kings vs. Bruins Wrap Up:
-The first 11 players in the shootout failed to score. Handzus finally cracked Thomas to give the Kings the extra point.
-Quick didn’t earn one of the 3 Stars, but by all account kept the Kings from flaming out with his 38 saves on 41 shots against. 17 of those shots came in the 3rd period.
-The Kings power play remains anemic, going 0 for 5 against the Bruins.
-4th line center Trevor Lewis nabbed helpers on 2 Kings’ goals in just 11:44 of ice-time.
-Justin Williams had an assist and remains the Kings scoring leader with 20 points. Anze Kopitar isn’t far behind with 19 points.
-The Kings only won 25 of 68 face-offs.
-Peter Harrold has looked much better of late and it’s likely he’ll get the nod over rookie Jake Muzzin.
-The Bruins dominated the latter half of the game and Los Angeles had a very tough time clearing the zone and maintaining puck possession.
-Although Dwight King hasn’t been bad on the first line, the need for a bonafide 1st line left-wing becomes more and more apparent with each passing game.
-Check out Bruins Blogger Jim Mulligan’s thoughts on the contest.
Kings vs. Senators Preview:
-The Kings enter the game 2nd in the West, 13-6-0. The Pacific Division is the tightest in the league with just 5 points separating 1st place Los Angeles and 5th place Dallas, 10-7-1.
-Ottawa enters the game 10th place in the East, 9-10-1. The Sens have dropped 3 straight after going 7-2 over their previous 9 games.
-In those 3 losses, the Sens have been outscored 17-4, including a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Carolina.
-Alfredsson leads the Sens in scoring with 17 points in 20 games played. Gonchar leads all defenseman on the Sens with 13 points, but a dreadful minus-13.
-Ottawa is 5-4-0 at home. Los Angeles is 5-5-0 on the road.
-Goaltender Brian Elliot is 9-7-0 in relief of “starter” Pascal Leclaire, who holds a 0-3-1 record. I have, however, learned that Leclaire will get the start tonight per Silver Seven.
-Ottawa will be without Erik Karlsson who is suffering from the flu. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is still without Willie Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
-Quick will be in net again for the Kings.
Puck drops Monday night at 4:30 pm PT, 7:30 pm ET.
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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