Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center)
Time: 7:00 PM PST
TV: Fox Sports West, SportsNet, Altitude
Enemy Reading: Mile High Hockey
Los Angeles Kings
Scratched: Richards, McBain, Andreoff; Injured: Pearson, Sekera; Suspended: Voynov
Scratched: None; Injured: MacKinnon, Briere, Winchester, Wilson, Johnson, McGinn, Rendulic, Bordeleau
Obligatory Standings Update (as of April 4, 2015)
|Pacific Division Standings |
| Card Standings |
(top three seeds in Pacific Division, top two seeds in Wild Card qualify for playoffs)
- When was the last time LA played a game in which they were only the second-most desperate team? Colorado probably is getting eliminated regardless of whether they win or lose (Calgary's got Edmonton tonight, ugh), but considering a regulation loss takes them out, they'll go all out tonight.
- Semyon Varlamov starts against LA for the second time this year; in the first, he was wildly outplayed by Jonathan Quick, who stopped 42 of 43 shots on February 18.
- The Avs are coming off a win over Anaheim last night; they were outshot 37-23, but got two-point nights from Matt Duchene, Dennis Everberg, and Tyson Barrie.
- Barrie's two assists were rather noteworthy, as they got him to 51 points for the season. He's the fourth Avs defenseman to crack the half-century mark in a seasn; the last one to do it before him had his number retired earlier this year.
- Jarret Stoll and Brayden McNabb returned to the lineup on Thursday, and both put in decent showings! Stoll and McNabb tied for the team lead in score-close Corsi, along with Matt Greene (McNabb's partner). Stoll also had an assist.
- Mike Richards sits again.
- Fun fact from Jon Rosen's preview: Jeff Carter has 13 points in 14 games vs. Colorado. 12 of those 13 points are goals.
- In reality, Colorado has no chance to make the playoffs. Do they know it? Regardless, it'll be a stiffer test than the Oilers offered on Thursday. (Poor Scrivens, and yes, poor Bunz.)
- By the way, Winnipeg beat Vancouver today, which is annoying for LA's overall playoff push but makes the Pacific Division interesting if both the Flames and Kings triumph tonight.
- PREDICTION: The Kings manage to win with fewer than eight goals.