After the Kings 3-1 win vs. the New York Islanders on Thursday night, the Kings had practice on Friday as they prepared to face the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
POINTS ADDING UP
The Kings have earned points in seven of their last nine games (6-2-1). That’s their best nine-game stretch since going 7-1-1 in a nine-game span Dec. 19, 2005 to Jan. 5, 2006. The Kings have also earned points in six of their last seven on the road (5-1-1). That’s their best road stretch since going 6-1-1 in an eight game span Dec. 6 to Dec. 31, 2005.
DID YOU NOTICE?
The Kings posted a 7-5-1 record in January. Their 15 points during the month was tied for the fifth-most in the Western Conference. Detroit, Nashville and Phoenix netted 19 points, while Anaheim amassed 17 points. The Kings, Calgary, Edmonton and Minnesota all had 15 points in January.
BARBS STRONG IN NET
Jason LaBarbera has a 2.50 goals-against average (22 GA in 528:44) and .930 save percentage (stopped 291 of 313 shots) in the last nine games. During that stretch he’s had two 40-plus save games (43 vs. Vancouver Jan. 19 and a career high 48 vs. Toronto Jan. 10). LaBarbera has started in a career-high 11 straight games and 18 of the last 20 since coming back from a rib injury.
ARMY HITS MILESTONE
Derek Armstrong’s assist Thursday in Long Island was his 200th career NHL point (65-135=200). In the last nine games, he has seven points (3-4=7).
SACRIFICING THE BODY
The Kings have blocked 157 shots (to the opposition’s 94) during the last nine games. Los Angeles had 27 blocked shots alone Jan. 31 at Long Island. Rob Blake leads the Kings with 113 blocked shots. Jack Johnson is second with 89.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Kings (21-29-3 = 45 points) have four more wins and five more points than they had last season through 53 games (17-30-6 = 40 points).
CRAWFORD MOVING UP
Kings head coach Marc Crawford (459 career wins) is two victories away from passing Roger Neilson for 15th all-time. Crawford (958 games) is seven games away from passing Sid Abel and Jack Adams for 15th all-time.
KINGS VS. THE EAST
With the Kings 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Jan. 31, Los Angeles improved its record to 3-1-1 vs. the Eastern Confernece, while averaging nearly five goals per game, outscoring the East, 24-15 in the five games.
Jason LaBarbera has been a beast vs. the East, posting a 2-0-1 mark with a 1.95 GAA and a .950 SV%; Anze Kopitar has nine, count 'em nine points (3-6=9) in five games; Dustin Brown has tallied 4-3=7 in five; Alexander Frolov 2-4=6 in four; Ladislav Nagy has five helpers in five games and Michael Cammalleri has 2-3=5 in just two games. Eighteen players have tallied at least one point vs. the East.
Kings have five games remaining against the East, Feb. 2 at New Jersey, Feb. 5 at N.Y. Rangers, Feb. 9 at Pittsburgh, March 6 vs. Ottawa and March 8 vs. Montreal.
KINGS WIN 500TH ROAD GAME
The Kings 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders Jan. 31 at the Nassau Coliseum was their 500th all-time win on the road (regular season).
KINGS PLAYER MILESTONE TRACKER
Rob Blake is 3 goals away from passing Bob Berry for 10th all-time in franchise history. He is 3 points away from 700 in the NHL and 11 points away from 500 with the Kings.