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KINGS (4-1-0) at RANGERS (5-1-0)
Season Series -- In their only meeting last season, the Rangers won 3-2 in overtime in
Big Story -- It's a battle of teams that have combined to win nine straight games after losing their season openers. The Rangers have won five straight and the Kings have won four in a row. This is
Kings -- A lot of prognosticators were calling for big things from
"It's a great feeling, but we don't want to ride our highs too high and our lows too low," Smyth said after Monday's 2-1 win on
After allowing six goals in a loss to the Coyotes to start the season, goaltender Jon Quick has allowed only 9 goals in 4 games, all wins.
"He is playing better every game," Kings coach Terry Murray said of Quick, who was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week.
Rangers -- There have been a lot of reasons for the hot start. Marian Gaborik (5 goals, 4 assists) has been worth every penny. The defense has been putting pucks in the net. But for coach John Tortorella, it's all about not letting up in the third period.
"We have had some good third periods ... and I think conditioning had something to do with it," Tortorella said after the Rangers' 7-2 win against
The Rangers have outscored opponents in the third period 11-3 this season, and have won seven straight at
Who's Hot -- It's hard to tell if Gaborik is hot when he's been at the same temperature all season. If someone hasn't been cold, is there a way to tell if they're hot? For the Kings, Quick has won four straight, and Anze Kopitar has 4 goals and 6 assists out of the gate.
Injury Report -- The Rangers are living the good life and lack any major injuries. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is nursing an upper-body injury and is questionable for Wednesday's contest.
Stat Pack -- The Rangers have received 10 goals from defensemen this season, which equals or eclipses the goal totals of five teams.
Puck Drop -- This is the first of a four-game, six-day road schedule for the Kings. After they leave
-- Dave Lozo, NHL.com
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