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Preview, Game Day #27: Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets

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Time to hit the road, friends. Enjoy these next few weeks of games you can't watch unless you're unemployed!

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Time: 4:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Ohio

Enemy Reading: The Cannon

Los Angeles Kings

Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik
Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Andreoff-Shore-Brown
Clifford-Weal-Nolan

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Ehrhoff-McBain

Quick
(Enroth)

Scratched: Forbort Injured: King, Lewis, Greene

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johansen-Dubinsky-Atkinson
Hartnell-Wennberg-Foligno
Jenner-Karlsson-Calvert
Campbell-Chaput-Saad

Johnson-Savard
Murray-Bodnarchuk
Tyutin-Prout

Bobrovsky
(McElhinney)

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Blue Jackets
Record 17-8-1 11-16-1
Points 35 23
Division Rank 1st 8th
Streak Won 4
Won 1
Goals For/Game 2.62 2.36
Goals Against/Game 2.12
2.89
ES Goal % 50.0
45.7
ES Shot %
55.1 49.2
ES PDO 98.7
99.0
ES Corsi % 57.3 47.9
ES Fenwick % 56.6 48.4
ES Scoring Chance % 55.8 50.7
ES High-Danger SC % 54.3
54.2
Power Play % (Rank) 18.8 (14th)
17.4 (21st)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 84.8 (5th)
81.6 (11th)
Starting Goalie (tonight) Quick Bobrovsky
Goalie Record 14-7-1 11-12-1
Save % .917 .913
ES Save % .924
.918

Notes:

  • The home-heavy portion of the Kings schedule has officially come to an end. The Kings have 11 games left to play before the calendar turns over into 2016, but just 1 of those games will be at home (a date with the Sharks on Tuesday 12/22). It's split up between a 6-game Eastern road trip leading into that game, followed by a 4-game swing through the Pacific afterwards. And it begins tonight in Columbus.
  • This is the second of two meetings between these two clubs, with the Kings looking for vengeance after dropping a home game to them by a 3-2 final on November 5th (despite outshooting them 33-25). Gregory Campbell scored a goal in that game which turned out to be the game-winner, which is honestly really embarrassing.
  • The Kings are of course riding high after a perfect 4-0-0 homestand. It looks like they'll have the same lineup again tonight, which isn't surprising. Trevor Lewis, who originally was supposed to be on this road trip, apparently isn't.
  • The Jackets are in the midst of a relatively good stretch; since starting the season 0-8-0 (including 0-7 under former coach Todd Richards, leading to his replacement by John Tortorella), they've put up a much better 11-8-1 record. Without that black hole of suck to start the season, they would be competing for a playoff spot rather easily. The biggest difference in the Jackets' record is undoubtedly goaltending; in those first eight losses they received a league-worst even strength SV% of just .861, but in the 20 games since their EV SV% has been .941 (5th best in the league in that span). That's....a pretty big improvement! For anyone who thinks Torts deserves a ton of credit for turning this team around, their even strength Corsi in the 21 games he's coached is 46.5% (5th worst in the league). In 7 games under Richards, that Corsi % was 52.4%. So, uh, yeah. No.
  • Once again we're dealing with a team that we've already covered in Mega Man terms, so if you're looking to find out which Mega Man villain are you, Blue Jackets then click on through to the preview of the last game.
  • PREDICTION: Kings win 3-2 in overtime after Ryan Johansen is traded to Los Angeles 3 minutes in, immediately scoring the OT game-winner for his new team.