The Kings practiced today in St. Louis as they prepare to complete their eight game road trip tomorrow at St. Louis.
SO FAR SO GOOD ON THE TRIP
The Kings have out-scored their opponents 11-2 in the third period on this road trip.
FREQUENT FLYER MILES
The King will be traveling approximately 6,300 miles during their eight-game road trip (round trip). It’s only the sixth time in club history the Kings have had a road trip of eight-or-more games (last was Nov. 5 to Nov. 21, 2002). The longest road trip in team history is nine games (Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 1969). Los Angeles has 500 all-time wins on the road.
ROAD TRIP RECORD BOOKS
The Kings have earned nine points (4-2-1) so far on this eight-game road trip. That’s a club record for most points accumulated in an eight-game trek. The previous high was eight points (4-4-0) in 1978-99. The nine points earned so far on this trip is tied for the second most in club history for one road trip overall. The Kings earned 12 points (6-1-0) on a seven-game road trip in 1974-75 and nine points (4-2-1) on a seven-game trip in 1991-92.
| MOST POINTS EARNED ONE ROAD TRIP/ || BEST EIGHT-GAME ROAD TRIP |
|6-1-0 = 12 pts (1974-75) ||4-2-1 = 9 pts (2007-08)* |
|4-2-1 = 9 pts (2007-08)* ||4-4-0 = 8 pts (1978-99) |
|4-2-1 = 9 pts (1991-92) ||2-3-3 = 7 pts (2002-03) |
|*not counting tonight’s game in St. Louis |
WELCOME BACK CLOUTS
Dan Cloutier stopped 31 of 33 shots en route to a 3-2 shootout victory Sunday in Columbus. It was his first NHL win since Dec. 9, 2006 vs. Colorado (5-4).
'I've waited a long time for this one,'' Cloutier said. ''I've been through a lot in the last couple of years. I'm pretty excited to come back up and get an opportunity to play.''
NOT A BAD START
Rookie center Brian Boyle has four points (3-1=4) in five games since being recalled from Manchester. He scored a goal and added an assist in his NHL debut Feb. 2 at New Jersey. He is the second King this season to score in his NHL debut. Matt Moulson was the other, notching his first goal Nov. 2 at San Jose. In all-time Kings history, 17 players have scored in their NHL debut (Anze Kopitar is the other current King, scoring two goals Oct. 6, 2006 at Anaheim).
GETTING PLAYING TIME
Jack Johnson is third among NHL rookies with 21:12 average ice time per game. He has logged at least 25 minutes of ice time in three of the last four games (including 31:44 Sunday in Columbus).
CAMMY HITS MILESTONE
Michael Cammalleri’s two assist Saturday in Pittsburgh gave him 100 all-time as a King and in the NHL. He is now 11 goals away from 100 and 10 points away from 200 as a King and in the NHL (89-101=190) KINGS VS. ST. LOUIS ALL-TIME: Tonight’s game will mark the 166th meeting between the Kings and Blues. St. Louis won the first meeting this season: 5-3 Oct. 6 at STAPLES Center. Los Angeles has lost four straight to the Blues (Dec. 21, 2006 to present) after beating them in five consecutive contests (Oct. 29, 2005 to Oct. 7, 2006).
KINGS PLAYER STATS VS. ST. LOUIS
Alexander Frolov has 11 points (4-7=11) in 15 career games…Anze Kopitar has nine points (1-8=9) in five career games…Ladislav Nagy has 18 points (5-13=18) in 20 career games…Jason LaBarbera is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average in one career appearance.
POINTS ADDING UP
The Kings have earned points in 10 of their last 14 games (9-4-1). That’s their best 14-game stretch since going 10-3-1 in a 14-game span Dec. 16, 2005 to Jan. 12, 2006. The Kings have also earned points in nine of their last 12 on the road (8-3-1). That’s their best road stretch since going 8-2-2 in a 12-game span Jan. 12 to March 24, 2002.
ALL-STAR KOPY LEADING THE WAY
Anze Kopitar, member of the 2008 Western Conference All-Star Team, leads the Kings with 53 points (24-29=53). He has 15 points in the last 17 games (8-7=15), 35 points in the last 38 games (16-19=35) and 39 points in the last 43 games (19-20=39). Kopitar leads the Kings with 13 multi-point games this season. The Kings are 12-6-3 when Kopitar scores.
Alexander Frolov has seven points (2-5=7) in his last four games. He also has 26 points in the last 22 games (10-16=26). Overall he has 46 points (14-32=46) in 47 games this season. He leads the club with 32 assists and five game-winning goals. The Kings are 8-3-1 when Frolov has a multi-point game. Of his 12 multi-point efforts, he has four three-point games and one five-point game.
SULLY STEPPING IT UP
Patrick O’Sullivan has 20 points in the last 29 games (8-12=20). He has 30 points overall (13-17=30) in 58 games this season. He had five points (3-2=5) in his first 25 NHL games and has 44 points (15-29=44) in his last 77 games. O’Sullivan is also three-for-three in shootouts this season, two of which were game-winners.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Kings (24-31-3 = 51 points) have five more wins and four more points than they had last season through 58 games (19-30-9 = 47 points).
CRAWFORD MOVING UP
Kings head coach Marc Crawford (462 career wins) is now tied with Columbus’ Ken Hitchcock for 14th overall in NHL history (Columbus is idle tonight). He is two wins away from passing Jacques Lemaire for 13th all-time. Crawford (963 games) is two games away from passing Sid Abel and Jack Adams for 15th all-time.