Time: 5:00 Pacific
TV: Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Southwest
Los Angeles Kings
Lucic - Kopitar - Versteeg
King - Carter - Toffoli
Pearson - Lecavalier - Brown
Clifford - Shore - Lewis
Scuderi - Doughty
Muzzin - Martinez
McNabb - Schenn
Injured: Gaborik, Greene, Nolan Scratched: McBain, Andreoff
Benn - Eakin - Eaves
Nichushkin - Spezza - Seguin
Roussel - Faksa - Hemsky
Moen - Fiddler - Ritchie
Russell - Goligoski
Oduya - Johns
Nemeth - Oleksiak
Injured: Sharp, Klingberg, Benn, Janmark, Demers Scratched: Sceviour
Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)
|Streak||Won 1||Lost 1
|ES Goal %||53.7
ES Shot %
|ES Corsi %||56.0||53.0
|ES Fenwick %||55.8||52.7|
|ES Scoring Chance %||54.2||53.9|
|ES High-Danger SC %||53.9||51.6|
|Power Play % (Rank)||21.6 (8th)
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||81.3 (14th)
|Starting Goalie (today)||Quick||Lehtonen|
|ES Save %||.932||.907|
- So, the day after the West's marquee matchup (based on Stanley Cups), we get a game that technically is even better, between the West's current division leaders. Neither is a runaway leader, especially compared to January 1, when the division leads for Dallas and LA were a combined 20 points. Despite Chicago and Anaheim putting together long winning streaks in 2016, though, the Stars and Kings are hanging on to coveted #1 spots.
- Dallas scores all the goals, LA gives up none of the goals.
- If the Stars had one area for improvement, it's easily the goaltending. Lehtonen's struggled to a .906 overall SV% and he's actually been the better of the two goalies in the Stars' expensive tandem.
- Hey, look, it's Rumored Los Angeles King Kris Russell! LA went with a less expensive option in Rob Scuderi at the trade deadline, but the league's leading shot-blocker found a taker in Dallas. Russell has been leading Dallas in ice time as of late, which isn't a major surprise with Jason Demers, John Klingberg, and Jordie Benn out of the lineup. At any rate, it's working out for them.
- LA won 5-0 on Monday over Chicago, while Dallas won 5-2 on Saturday over Chicago. Dallas has the extra days of rest, but LA has the absurd 80% winning percentage on day 2 of back-to-backs. Here goes!
- PREDICTION: Kings 3, Stars 2 (OT). Nick Shore with the winner off Kris Russell's face.