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Scouting Report: LA Kings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The LA Kings were able to snap out of a three-game skid on Saturday when they closed out their seven-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators.

Prior to Saturday's victory, the Kings struggled offensively in St. Louis, Washington, and New Jersey, scoring just two goals in those three losses.

While they were limited to two goals in Nashville, the team was pleased that they were able to capitalize on chances after not being able to finish offensively during portions of their trip.

"Nice to finish it off with a win to get to .500 on the road trip," Milan Lucic told LAKings.com. "Obviously I think we left a couple of points on the table if you look at the road trip as a whole, just not being able to capitalize on chances and getting go-ahead goals and things like that.

"I thought as a whole, we competed really hard in all of the seven games. You take away probably the first period against the [New York Islanders], pretty good road trip as far as the competitiveness goes."

The win allows LA to stay in first place in the Pacific Division, with 72 points on the year. They hold a slight two-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks and are now five points ahead of the third-place San Jose Sharks.

With the other California team trying to close the cap on them, the Kings are looking to make hay during a lengthy stay in California. After hosting the Flames on Tuesday night, they will take on the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres before a quick jaunt to Anaheim and then heading home for five straight contests on home ice.

The Staples Center has been kind to the Kings this year with LA holding a 15-10-1 record on home ice. Offensively, they haven't piled up goals at home -- they sit last in the NHL with 63 goals at home -- but they have been defensively tight in LA, allowing 63 goals at home, which is the third best total in the league.

The Flames and Kings have played one game in their 2015-16 season series, with LA coming out with a 4-1 victory back on Dec. 31. Marian Gaborik, Milan Lucic, Andy Andreoff, and Tanner Pearson scored in that game while the Flames lone goal came from Mark Giordano.

The Flames took the 2014-15 series 4-1, with Johnny Gaudreau led the way with eight points in five games. Jiri Hudler and Dennis Wideman rounded out the scoring last year, with seven points each.

BREAKING DOWN THE KINGS

Record: 34-20-4

Power Play: 22.2 percent overall (38 goals scored in 171 chances with the man advantage), 18.5 percent at home (15 goals scored in 81 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 82.2 percent overall (38 goals allowed in 213 times being short-handed), 82.5 percent at home (17 goals allowed in 97 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-0-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-2-2

Notable Injuries: Matt Greene (shoulder), Marian Gaborik (knee)

Who's HOT: Jonathan Quick

The Kings starting netminder is in the midst of another strong season, going 29-15-3 in 47 appearances and recording a 2.19 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He is coming off a 33-save performance in Nashville on Saturday and has surrendered just two or fewer goals in his last four games.

Quick was in net for the first game of the Flames and Kings season series, making 23 saves in the 4-1 LA win.

Honourable Mention: Tanner Pearson

Tanner Pearson played the hero for the Kings on Saturday when he scored the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over the Predators in Nashville. The 23-year-old, who has scored three game-winners for the Kings this year, had three shots on net in his 14:13 of ice time in Nashville.

Pearson has eight goals and 23 points in 56 games this season.

Who's NOT: Vincent Lecavalier

The 35-year-old veteran has been stymied offensively recently, going without points in his past six skates. During that scoreless stretch, Lecavalier is a minus-three and has 10 shots on net.

In 26 games this season, Lecavalier has five goals and nine points.

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