Game Preview: KINGS (19-9-2) @ CANADIENS (20-9-3)
TV: RDS, CITYM
The Canadiens have an appointment with the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Kings, Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
With 40 points, the Kings hold a nine-point lead over the second place San Jose Sharks, who beat the Habs at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
Darryl Sutter’s troops have lost their last two games including a 2-1 overtime loss against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday and a 5-3 loss against Ottawa Monday - but had previously strung together a six game win streak.
The Kings have been tough to score against this season, with an average of 2.17 goals allowed per game which is good for second in the NHL in this regard. Jonathan Quick, who should get the start against Canadians, has a goals against average of 2.15 and save percentage of .915 in 25 games.
The Habs, who have lost five of their last six games, dropped their most recent matchup Tuesday against San Jose. Since scoring five goals on November 25 against the New York Rangers, the Canadiens have only managed to score more than two goals once, in last Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Ottawa.
Mike Condon will get the start in goal, having given way to Dustin Tokarski for the last three starts.
During their last visit to the Bell Centre in December 2014, the Habs came away victorious defeating Los Angeles 6-2. A few months later, the Kings returned the favor with a shootout victory in California.
This will be the Canadiens last game at the Bell Centre in 2015, as Michel Therrien and the Habs embark on an eight game road trip.