After the Kings exciting 5-3, come-from-behind victory on Thursday, the team flew to Pittsburgh, holding practice this morning. It was the Kings first win in Detroit since Feb. 18, 2000.
KINGS VS. PENGUINS ALL-TIME
Today’s game will mark the 144th all-time meeting between the Kings and Penguins. Los Angeles is 7-0-2 (1 Tie) in its last nine head-to-head meetings, dating back to Oct. 28, 1999. The Kings are 5-0-2 (2 Ties) in their last seven meetings at Mellon Arena, dating back to Oct. 1, 1997. That’s their longest unbeaten streak vs. the Penguins since the clubs entered the NHL together in 1967-68.
POINTS ADDING UP
The Kings have earned points in nine of their last 12 games (8-3-1). That’s their best 12-game stretch since going 9-2-1 in a 12-game span Dec. 16, 2005 to Jan. 7, 2006. The Kings have also earned points in eight of their last 10 on the road (7-2-1). That’s their best road stretch since going 7-1-2 in a 10 game span Jan. 21 to March 18, 2002.
SO FAR SO GOOD ON THE TRIP
The Kings have out-scored their opponents 9-2 in the third period on this eight-game road trip (3-1-1). The best record the Kings have ever had in five straight road games is 4-1-0 (1976-77, 1990-91, 2001-02). The best record the Kings have ever had in an eight-game road trip is 4-4-0 (1978-99).
BARBS STILL STRONG IN NET
Jason LaBarbera has a 2.79 goals-against average (32 GA in 687:49) and .921 save percentage (stopped 375 of 407 shots) in the last 12 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 14 straight games and 21 of the last 23 since coming back from a rib injury (Dec. 17 vs. Colorado).
Alexander Frolov has 24 points in the last 20 games (10-14=24). Overall he has 44 points (14-30=44) in 45 games this season. He leads the club with 30 assists and five game-winning goals. The Kings are 8-2-1 when Frolov has a multi-point game. Of his 11 multi-point efforts, he has four three-point games and one five-point game.
ARMY IN THE MIX
Derek Armstrong has nine points (3-6=9) in his last 12 games. He’s also a plus-4 in that span. His assist Jan. 31 in Long Island was his 200th career NHL point.
SACRIFICING THE BODY
The Kings have blocked 203 shots (to the opposition’s 125) during the last 12 games. Los Angeles had 27 blocked shots alone Jan. 31 at Long Island. The Kings have out-blocked their opponent in 11 of the last 12 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 95, which is second (to Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert) among NHL rookies.
COMING FROM BEHIND
The Kings are tied for the fourth-most wins in the NHL (as of Friday) when allowing the first goal (12).
When the Kings score four-or-more goals in a game they are 15-2-0. When the Kings allow two-or-fewer goals in game they are 17-3-0.
The Kings have only allowed seven power play opportunities in their last four games. During the last 10 games Los Angeles has killed 27 of 29 penalties against (93.1 percent).
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Kings (23-30-3 = 49 points) have five more wins and five more points than they had last season through 56 games (18-30-8 = 44 points).
CRAWFORD MOVING UP
Kings head coach Marc Crawford (461 career wins) is now one head of Roger Neilson for 15th all-time. He trails Columbus’ Ken Hitchcock by one win for 14th all-time (pending the Blue Jackets game at San Jose Friday). He is three wins away from passing Jacques Lemaire for 13th all-time. Crawford (961 games) is four 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).