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Preview, Game Day #43: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

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That was a looooong four days.

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Time: 1:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, TSN5, RDS2

Enemy Reading: Silver Seven Sens

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Kopitar-Toffoli
King-Carter-Pearson
Lewis-Lecavalier-Gaborik
Andreoff-Shore-Brown

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Ehrhoff-Schenn

Quick
(Enroth)

Scratched: Nolan, McBain Injured: Clifford

Ottawa Senators

Ryan-Turris-Stone
Hoffman-Zibanejad-Michalek
Chiasson-Pageau-Lazar
Prince-Smith-Neal

Methot-Karlsson
Wiercioch-Ceci
Borowiecki-Claesson

Anderson
(Hammond)

Injured: MacArthur, Phillips

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Senators Kings
Record 20-18-6 27-12-3
Points 46 57
Division Rank 6th 1st
Streak Lost 2 Won 1
Goals For/Game 2.66 2.62
Goals Against/Game 2.98
2.14
ES Goal % 48.0 53.3
ES Shot %
45.8 54.3
ES PDO 101.3
99.9
ES Corsi % 46.9 56.2
ES Fenwick % 45.9 55.9
ES Scoring Chance % 46.3 55.4
ES High-Danger SC % 45.8 54.1
Power Play % (Rank) 17.8 (22nd)
20.3 (8th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 76.0 (29th)
82.0 (11th)
Starting Goalie (today) Anderson Quick
Goalie Record 17-13-4 24-9-2
Save % .917 .925
ES Save % .925
.933

Notes:

  • Four days off, three of which were spent waiting for Anze Kopitar to sign. It's been rough.
  • You know what to watch out for when you face the Senators, but the Kings' focus on stopping Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa top six was an utter failure a month ago. Here's a chance at redemption.
  • One good thing came out of that game, though. Tyler Toffoli benefited from a huge bounce off the boards to score just his third goal in a month and a half, and we hoped it might trigger a hot streak. Toffoli has scored eight times in his last ten games.
  • Karlsson went into that game with no points in his previous four games; for him, that was a drought. His two-point night kicked off a seven-game point streak. The All-Star now has 45 points, but none in his last two games. Can he just wait one more game before he starts his next run of scoring?
  • It makes sense that Karlsson has no points in the last two games, as they were 7-1 and 4-1 defeats to Washington and Anaheim, respectively. The Ducks scored thrice in the final five minutes of that last game, and Dave Cameron's decision to go back to Craig Anderson has inspired confidence from the local media.
  • Jonathan Quick turned aside 25 of 27 shots in Monday's win, which was actually his worst performance since December 27. I'd take that as a worst.
  • Anyway, that sets up the fabled American-goalies-who-probably-won't-start-in-2018 matchup. (Just kidding; Quick is definitely going to start ahead of Cory Schneider, causing great anger from analytical US fans until Quick pitches three shutouts on the way to a gold medal. Book it.)
  • In their preview, Silver Seven Sens emphasized their support of the New England Patriots, so we're all Chiefs fans today. (You should already have been rooting against the Patriots, though.)
  • PREDICTION: Kings win. So do the Chiefs. Sorry, Looch.