KINGS (25-11-4) at STARS (19-12-7)
5:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
CUT YOUR LOSSES: The Kings have dropped three consecutive games, their longest losing streak recorded so far this season. They’re amidst a four-game road-swing with the St. Louis Blues looming after tonight’s date with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Kings might be as “desperate” for a win tonight as they’ve been all year.
IT’S A 5-2 LEAGUE: This is the third and final meeting with the Dallas Stars this season. The previous two games were played at STAPLES Center. On October 19, the Kings won 5-2. On December 23, the Stars won 5-2. The Kings’ offense has put up four goals in the last three games. Can they pile a few up in the season’s only visit to Texas?
LAST WORD: Dallas started the Kings current three-game losing streak with their December 23 win, and they’re 4-0-2 in their past six contests. Can the Kings halt Dallas’ recent stretch of success, and snap their three-game losing streak against the club that started it?
ROAD MENTALITY: One of the many things that have attributed to the Kings’ early success this season is their ability to consistently win on the road. During this road trip (0-2-0), the Kings have upped their road-loss count by 50% (from 4 to 6) 40 games (25-11-4) into the season. Can they reclaim their winning ways in visiting confines tonight at American Airlines Center?
AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER:
“I’m not going to lose any sleep over how we played,” - Darryl Sutter on Chicago
HAPPY NEW YEAR: The Kings will end the year 2013 at the exact mid-point of their NHL regular season slate after tonight’s dance in Dallas. Tonight’s contest against the Stars marks game number 41 out of 82 this season. For the Kings, it’s an end to a great year involving the parts of two separate seasons, and on a night where they find themselves eager for what has driven them through the past 365 days – another win.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 4:30 on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene from American Airlines Center for puck-drop at 5:00.