‘CANE GANG: This is the second and final meeting with Carolina this season; the Kings beat the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout victory at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on October 11. The Kings are 9-6-2-2 all-time against the Carolina Hurricanes since the franchise relocated from Hartford, Connecticut in 1997. The Kings are 4-1-0 in their last five meetings with Carolina, dating back to October 17, 2008. The Hurricanes haven’t won a game at STAPLES Center since December 8, 2005.
LONG TIME, NO SEE: Today’s date with Carolina marks the first home game for the Kings in over three weeks, and marks the Hurricanes’ first visit to Los Angeles in over three calendar years. The Kings last skated at STAPLES Center on February 6, ousting the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in OT. The Hurricanes last visited the intersection of Figueroa St. and Chick Hearn Ct. on October 20, 2010.
RED FLAG: The Kings are barreling out of the Olympic break, securing two wins on back-to-back nights in Colorado (4-2) and in Calgary (2-0). Carolina has come out struggling, dropping two games against Buffalo and Dallas, putting the Hurricanes seven points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot. Don’t expect the Hurricanes to come in slugged over in today’s mid-day affair.
25 ALIKE: After Martin Jones snapped his four-game losing skid with a 25-save performance Wednesday evening in Colorado, Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ crease Thursday in Calgary with a 25-save performance of his own, but didn’t allow a single goal, recording his fourth shutout of the year, the 10th this season by a Kings goaltender.
BALANCED ATTACK: Of the Kings’ eight combined goals over the past two games, seven different players have found the back of the net, and 12 players have recorded at least one point. Can the Kings bring depth scoring with them back to STAPLES Center today?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: It’s been quite some time since the Carolina Hurricanes last played at STAPLES Center. Their last visit, which came on October 20, 2010, saw the Kings win an offensive battle with a 4-3 victory.
The game-winner for the Kings came off the stick of our old friend Andrei Loktionov, which was also his first career NHL goal.
In the Kings’ most recent meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this season on October 11, Dwight King broke a scoreless tie with 6:34 left in regulation, but Carolina’s Jeff Skinner responded with a goal of his own :40 seconds later, knotting the game 1-1 with 5:54 to play in the third period.
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves, and stymied all three of Carolina’s shootout attempts.
Jeff Carter gave the Kings the win with some top-left corner magic.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 12:30, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on scene at STAPLES Center for puck drop at 1:00 PT.