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Preview, Game Day #69: Los Angeles Kings @ Dallas Stars

A heavyweight fight after a heavyweight fight.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Dallas Stars

Time: 5:00 Pacific

TV: Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Southwest

(Free, No Cable Required) Live Stream: Yahoo

Enemy Reading: Defending Big D

Los Angeles Kings

Lucic - Kopitar - Versteeg
King - Carter - Toffoli
Pearson - Lecavalier - Brown
Clifford - Shore - Lewis

Scuderi - Doughty
Muzzin - Martinez
McNabb - Schenn

Quick
(Enroth)

Injured: Gaborik, Greene, Nolan Scratched: McBain, Andreoff

Dallas Stars

Benn - Eakin - Eaves
Nichushkin - Spezza - Seguin
Roussel - Faksa - Hemsky
Moen - Fiddler - Ritchie

Russell - Goligoski
Oduya - Johns
Nemeth - Oleksiak

Lehtonen
(Niemi)

Injured: Sharp, Klingberg, Benn, Janmark, Demers Scratched: Sceviour

Stats & Such
(Fancy stats courtesy War on Ice)

Team Kings Stars
Record 41-22-5 41-20-9
Points 87 91
Division Rank 1st 1st
Streak Won 1 Lost 1
Goals For/Game 2.72 3.24
Goals Against/Game 2.26
2.9
ES Goal % 53.7
50.7
ES Shot %
54.6 50.6
ES PDO 99.8
99.4
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)
22.4 (4th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 81.3 (14th)
80.8 (18th)
Starting Goalie (today) Quick Lehtonen
Goalie Record 35-17-4 19-8-2
Save % .921 .906
ES Save % .932 .907

Notes:

  • 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.