KINGS (41-25-6) at CAPITALS (34-27-11)
4:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
DATE IN D.C.: This is the second and final meeting with the Washington Capitals this season. Five days ago, these two clubs met in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center, a game the Kings won 2-1 in a shootout. The Kings have won each of their past six games against the Capitals, dating back to November 20, 2008. Tonight marks the Kings’ first visit to Washington’s Verizon Center since February 12, 2011.
ON THE RIGHT TRACKS: The Kings are dealing with two road games in separate cities in a 24-hour span, but are staying grounded in their travels from Philadelphia to Washington D.C., where the commute is under two hours via train.
OATES’ TAKE: Washington is desperate for points as they find themselves entrenched in a heavily saturated race for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates had the following to say to NHL.com reporters regarding the Kings on Monday night:
“They don’t give you anything, they don’t. You’ve got to work for everything you get. If you don’t have that attitude, you’re going to get spanked.”
LIFE ON THE ROAD: The Kings, with their win Monday evening in Philadelphia, have now won six straight games on the road, and are 20-12-3 in visiting buildings this season. The Kings play six of their 10 remaining regular season games away from STAPLES Center. Defenseman Drew Doughty gave his take on the Kings’ play away from Los Angeles Monday night:
“We’re a good team on the road. We’re not good enough at home. That’s what’s hurt us this year. When we’re on the road we seem comfortable. That’s a good thing.”
D.C.’S HOUSE: The Kings last visited Washington’s Verizon Center on February 12, 2011, winning the game 4-1.
Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead a minute into the game, but the Kings responded with four unanswered goals, capped off with Jarret Stoll’s tally, securing the win.
A STOLL THROUGH WASHINGTON
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 3:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at the Verizon Center for puck drop at 4:00PM PST.