The Kings held practice today in Detroit after defeating the New York Rangers last night, 4-2.
KINGS VS. DETROIT
The Kings have a winning record all-time in the head-to-head series, despite having gone 0-3-0 against the Red Wings this season, posting a 73-67-30 mark in the all-time series.
The Red Wings are on a list of teams the Kings have a winning record against that includes the Anaheim Ducks/Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordique, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils/Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals
In addition, LA has posted a .500 record vs. Chicago, Florida and San Jose.
POINTS ADDING UP
The Kings have earned points in eight of their last 11 games (7-3-1). That’s their best 11-game stretch since going 7-3-1 in an 11-game span Oct. 16 to Nov. 13 this season. The Kings have also earned points in seven of their last nine on the road (6-2-1). That’s their best road stretch since going 6-2-1 in a nine game span Dec. 6, 2005 to Jan. 7, 2006.
BARBS STILL STRONG IN NET
Jason LaBarbera has a 2.77 goals-against average (29 GA in 627:49) and .923 save percentage (stopped 349 of 378 shots) in the last 11 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 13 straight games and 20 of the last 22 since coming back from a rib injury (Dec. 17 vs. Colorado).
Alexander Frolov has 21 points in the last 19 games (9-12=21). Overall he has 41 points (13-28=41) in 44 games this season. He leads the club with five game-winning goals and is second with 28 assists. The Kings are 7-2-1 when Frolov has a multi-point game.
SACRIFICING THE BODY
The Kings have blocked 180 shots (to the opposition’s 117) during the last 11 games. Los Angeles had 27 blocked shots alone Jan. 31 at Long Island. The Kings have out-blocked their opponent in 10 of the last 11 games (the only game they didn’t was Feb. 5 at the New York Rangers). Rob Blake leads the Kings with 113 blocked shots. Jack Johnson is second with 92, which is tied for first (Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert) among NHL rookies (as of Wednesday).
The Kings have only allowed four power play opportunities in their last three games (one Jan. 31 at the New York Islanders, one Feb. 2 at New Jersey, two Feb. 5 at New York Rangers). During the last nine games Los Angeles has killed 24 of 26 penalties against (92.3 percent).
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Kings (22-30-3 = 47 points) have four more wins and four more points than they had last season through 55 games (18-30-7 = 43 points).
CRAWFORD MOVING UP
Kings head coach Marc Crawford (460 career wins) is tied with Roger Neilson for 15th all-time. He trails Columbus’ Ken Hitchcock by one win for 14th all-time (Columbus plays at Phoenix tonight). He is four wins away from passing Jacques Lemaire for 13th all-time. Crawford (960 games) is five games away from passing Sid Abel and Jack Adams for 15th all-time.
HOW ABOUT THE ATLANTIC
The Kings are 2-1-1 against the Atlantic Division with one game remaining (Saturday in Pittsburgh). Los Angeles hasn’t had a losing record against the Atlantic Division since 2000-01 (going 13-8-3 since).
KINGS PLAYER MILESTONE TRACKER
Michael Cammalleri is 2 assists and 11 goals away from 100 as a King and in the NHL. He is 13 points away from 200 as a King and in the NHL.
Michal Handzus is 5 assists away from 200 in the NHL.
Jaroslav Modry is 2 assists away from 200 in the NHL.
Patrick O’Sullivan is 1 game away from 100 as a King and in the NHL.
Lubomir Visnovsky is 28 games away from 500 as a King and in the NHL. He’s 4 goals away from passing Marty McSorley for third all-time among Kings defensemen. He’s 17 assists away from passing Steve Duchesne for third all-time among Kings defensemen.