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5 Things To Watch For Today On Fox Sports West

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

KINGS (21-7-4) at SENATORS (13-14-6)


ROAD WORK AHEAD: The Kings have dialed up regulation wins in each of their first two contests on their current four-game road-trip; beating both the Montreal Canadians (6-0) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1). The Kings have been able to pocket points in their last nine games in visiting confines, going 7-0-2 in that span. The Kings can continue their dominance on the road with a win today in Ottawa, where they haven’t played a game since November 22, 2010.

TWO AND UNDER: The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 17 straight games. On October 9, the Kings allowed three regulation goals to the Senators, but mustered out a 4-3 win against Ottawa in OT. Much of the Kings’ recent success can be directed toward the roster’s stalwart play in the defensive zone, and the goaltenders that have backed them up. The Kings have only allowed five goals in their past five games, and are first in the NHL with a 1.90 GAA. Can they keep the Senators to two or less today?

CAPITAL CITY: Winning means capitalizing, which the Kings did with the few prime scoring chances they had Wednesday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. The Kings are 2-1-0 against the Ottawa Senators the past three seasons, but have outscored them 8-4 in their previous two meetings, both of which were at STAPLES Center. The Kings previous loss to the Senators came in Ottawa, Ontario in their last visit to Canada’s Capital city on November 22, 2010. Anze Kopitar is the last King to have scored in Ottawa, and it was nothing short of beautiful.


MAKE IT GREAT: If the Kings can leave Ottawa for Chicago with another two points, their road-trip would be considered a success before it’s seen it’s end. Even if it means OT.


“YOU’VE JUST GOT TO STAY READY”: That’s how Ben Scrivens reacted when asked about the Kings goaltending situation Friday. There’s no telling who gets the call in the crease for the Kings today. Both goaltenders that are available for the picking are on a roll. Whether its Jones or Scrivens in the crease today against the Senators, it’s about “being ready”.


WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 10:30AM on FOX SPORTS WEST followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario for puck-drop at 11:00AM.

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