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Preview, Game Day #41: St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings

(plugs in karaoke mic) OHHHHHH WE'RE HALFWAY TH-

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings

Time: 7:30 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Midwest

Enemy ReadingSt. Louis Game Time

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic-Kopitar-Toffoli
Pearson-Carter-Gaborik
King-Lewis-Brown
Mersch-Lecavalier-Nolan

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Ehrhoff-Schenn

Quick
(Enroth)

Scratched: Andreoff, Shore, McBain Injured: Clifford, Greene

St. Louis Blues

Steen-Backes-Brouwer
Fabbri-Lehtera-Tarasenko
Paajarvi-Berglund-Upshall
Jaskin-Brodziak-Reaves

Gunnarsson-Pietrangelo
Edmundson-Shattenkirk
Bortuzzo-Parayko

Elliott

Injured: Stastny, Allen, Bouwmeester, Ott, Schwartz

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Blues Kings
Record 23-14-7 26-12-2
Points 53 54
Division Rank 3rd
1st
Streak Lost 5
Won 1
Goals For/Game 2.43 2.62
Goals Against/Game 2.48
2.18
ES Goal % 51.4 53.8
ES Shot %
53.4
54.1
ES PDO 99.5
99.9
ES Corsi % 52.7
56.1
ES Fenwick % 53.1 55.7
ES Scoring Chance % 51.7 55.4
ES High-Danger SC % 49.7 53.4
Power Play % (Rank) 21.5 (6th)
19.8 (10th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 85.2 (3rd)
81.5 (11th)
Starting Goalie (tonight) Elliott Quick
Goalie Record 5-4-4 23-9-1
Save % .916 .924
ES Save % .955
.933

Notes:

  • This is a really fortunate run of games for LA. The Kings beat Toronto on Thursday with the Leafs on Game 2 of a back-to-back Anaheim-LA set. The Blues face LA tonight; they're also coming off a tough game with the Ducks yesterday. The Kings get Detroit on Monday; guess who the Red Wings play the day before? LA then faces Ottawa, who get two whole days to recover from their Ducks showdown, but LA gets four days off. It'd be nice to capitalize on that.
  • St. Louis, by the way, gave Anaheim their first win when trailing after two this season. I wonder what might be the cause of those late-game struggles...
  • ... holy injuries, Batman!
  • Also of note, Steve Ott remains out of the lineup with his injury, which is terrific news for players who don't want their helmets licked or their heads elbowed.
  • Thanks to Jon Rosen for ensuring I didn't have to search for interesting facts about today's goaltending matchup...

  • In LA's net is Jonathan Quick. Not much needs to be said about how good he's been lately, and it feels like he owns the Blues, but his regular season numbers against St. Louis (2.34, .917) are merely slightly better than his career ones. I assume his playoff numbers against the Blues are better. Jhonas Enroth got the first start against the Blues this year, which was a shutout.
  • All eyes were on Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn on Thursday. I assume most will still be on them as they look to follow up a serviceable debut.
  • PREDICTION: The Kings win by as many goals as San Jose does tonight.