Game Day #22: Kings-Lightning Preview

The Kings get another crack at the beasts of the East.

Los Angeles Kings v Tampa Bay Lightning (Staples Center)

Time: 7.30 PM

TV: Fox Sports West

Enemy reading: Raw Charge

Lightning (projected) lineup:

Connolly-Killorn-St. Louis



Injured: Steven Stamkos, Keith Aulie, Tom Pyatt, Mark Barberio, Brian Lee; Scratched: Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Andrej Sustr, Matthias Ohlund

Kings (projected) lineup:




Injured: Jeff Carter, Matt Greene, Kyle Clifford, Jonathan Quick; Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Colin Fraser

Game notes:

  • This is pretty superficial, sorry, because work is currently overwhelming.
  • I know I said this last time (right before they spanked the Kings), but I still have absolutely no idea who any of these guys are. Palat Panik sounds like a culturally appropriative terrible indie rock band made up of comfortably middle-class wasp-y kids who met at Oberlin.
  • A dude famous for having a huge beard is on their top defensive pairing. A dude famous for having one testicle is on their second defensive pairing.
  • I can't deal with any of this.
  • Obviously, the Lightning are less potent offensively without top talent Steven Stamkos, but Tampa's 2-1 in the three games since he got injured, and they continue to sit atop the Eastern Conference. They are, however, coming off a rough 6-3 loss in their Western Conference road trip opener against Phoenix on Saturday night.
  • The key to victory tonight will likely be, as it is on most night, how well the Kings can deal with the opposing goaltender. They have the firepower and the defensive guns to hang with almost any other team in the league, but they couldn't solve Ben Bishop last time, and if they can't solve him this time, they'll be toast again.
  • I know things aren't exactly clear on whether Jordan Nolan is banged up or not, but if he's healthy and ready to play, and he's being sat in favour of Dan Carcillo, I wish Darryl Sutter would reconsider. I think Nolan's a)out-performed Carcillo of late, b)got a lot more room to grow, and c)could be part of a solid bottom-six future for the Kings if he ever escapes from the pressbox again.
  • ~Fun With Numbers~:
  • Team GP Points ROW Goal Diff PP% PK% S/G SA/G CF% (5v5SC) FF% (5v5SC) PDO
    Kings 20 29 (7th, W) 10 +12 (8th) 20.8 (9th) 82.9 (14th) 32.1 (6th) 25.9 (5th) 57.2% (2nd) 56.3% (4th) 984 (20th)
    Lightning 19 28 (1st, E) 11 +14 (6th) 19.2 (16th) 84.5 (7th) 27.8 (26th) 28.5 (10th) 50.8% (11th) 50.4% (14th) 102 (10th)

  • Prediction: Kings win 4-2, Pearson & Vey get their acts together, and the Jarret Stoll redemption tour continues with a goal tonight.