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Preview: Game Day #39, Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche

one-game road trip > six-game road trip

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Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche

Time: 6:00 Pacific

TV: NBCSN

Enemy Reading: Mile High Hockey

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Kopitar-Toffoli
Pearson-Shore-Gaborik
King-Lewis-Brown
Mersch-Andreoff-Nolan

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinezy
Ehrhoff-McBain

Enroth
(Quick)

Scratched: Weal, Forbort Injured: Carter, Clifford, Greene

Colorado Avalanche

Martinsen-MacKinnon-Duchene
Tanguay-Grigorenko-Iginla
Landeskog-Soderberg-Comeau
McLeod-Mitchell-Skille

Beauchemin-Johnson
Holden-Barrie
Gormley-Redmond

Varlamov
(Pickard)

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Avalanche
Record 25-11-2 18-18-3
Points 52 39
Division Rank 1st
6th
Streak Won 5
Lost 2
Goals For/Game 2.68 2.79
Goals Against/Game 2.16
2.82
ES Goal % 53.5 50.0
ES Shot %
54.0 46.5
ES PDO 99.9
101.1
ES Corsi % 56.0
43.8
ES Fenwick % 55.5 45.6
ES Scoring Chance % 55.4 44.5
ES High-Danger SC % 52.8
44.7
Power Play % (Rank) 20.2 (9th)
20.3 (8th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 83.2 (7th)
80.0 (14th)
Starting Goalie (tonight) Enroth Varlamov
Goalie Record 3-2-1 12-10-3
Save % .939 .911
ES Save % .944
.919

Notes

  • The Avalanche are a terrible team, yet sit eighth in the Western Conference largely due to the Pacific Division being a complete turd.
  • Before Christmas, they were on a six-game winning streak. I have no idea where they are now.
  • They lost badly to the Flames, though! There is that...
  • Jarome Iginla is one goal shy of 600. He's #1 on the Kings Killer list so it seems inevitable that he'll score tonight.
  • The Kings are on a five-game winning streak and have largely held their annual winter blues at bay by posting a .500 or better December record for only the 10th time in franchise history.
  • After giving up eight goals during this 5-game win streak, Jonathan Quick will get a well-earned rest tonight.
  • Let's hope Jhonas Enroth hasn't quite returned to earth and he can stop the Avs' best (and worst) shooters.