Bowing out to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final last season, the Los Angeles Kings have only slightly tinkered with their roster in the hopes of returning to their Stanley Cup form from 2012.
With a Vezina caliber (and likely Olympic-bound) goaltender in Jonathan Quick, home-ice advantage shouldn’t be out of the question for a Kings team that has been a recent force in postseason play.
They’ve shown that spark through the first nine games of the season, posting a 6-3-0 record and bring a two-game winning streak into Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Last Season: 27-16-5, 59 points (5th in West)
Notable Additions: RW Matt Frattin, LW Daniel Carcillo, G Ben Scrivens
Notable Subtractions: LW Dustin Penner, C Brad Richardson, G Jonathan Bernier
Flames Season Series Record: 0-0-0
Though his point totals aren’t overwhelming to start the season, Williams is coming off his best outing of the year against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. The 32-year-old scored twice and added an assist at the Stars’ expense and was named the game’s first star. Williams now has four goals and five points through nine games.
Despite being second in Kings’ scoring with four goals and six points this season, Carter has just one assist in his previous five games. The 28-year-old hasn’t been a historical point-getter against the Flames, either, with just five in 12 career contests against Calgary.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Leading the Kings in scoring with eight assists in nine games this season, the 26-year-old Kopitar is still looking for his first goal of the 2013-14 campaign. The former two-time 30-goal scorer also has 10 goals in 27 career games versus the Flames as he looks to put his first in the net.
Though he’s got just two goals and an assist on the season, Voynov has been a point-collector in his young career against the Flames. The 23-year-old Chelyabinsk, Russia product has five assists in six games against Calgary.
Regehr, a former Flames defenceman, will suit up for only the second time in his career against the Flames, with whom he suited up with for 827 games over 11 seasons. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound rearguard has one point in nine games and is averaging 19:45 of ice time this season.