The Kings defeated the Dallas Stars, 1-0 in the shootout last night. It was the Kings FIRST EVER 1-0 shootout win and it was the fourth shutout of the year for Jonathan Quick, all four of which have beenon the road. Unfortunately, it was the 11th time the Kings were shutout this season, which leads the NHL and is a franchise record, topping the total of 10 set in 1967-68, the Kings inaugural year in the league.
Despite being shutout twice and scoring just five goals during the first five games of the six-game road trip, the Kings have a chance to salvage a 3-3-0 mark on the trip with a matchup with Nashville tomorrow at 3 p.m.
KINGS BATTLE BACK
With the finale of a season-long six-game road trip on Saturday at Nashville, the Kings have a chance to split the road trip and finish with a .500 mark with a win over the Predators, despite having NEVER held a lead and trailing for 153:28 of a possible 309:25 of playing time during the road trip.
|DATE ||OPPONENT ||TIME TRAILING ||TIME LEADING ||RESULT |
|March 19 ||Boston Bruins ||43:43 ||0:00 (scored OT winner) ||3-2 OT WIN |
|March 20 ||Pittsburgh Penguins ||47:27 ||0:00 ||4-1 L |
|March 22 ||Chicago Blackhawks ||50:14 ||0:00 ||4-1 L |
|March 24 ||St. Louis Blues ||12:04 ||0:00 ||2-0 L |
|March 26 ||Dallas Stars ||0:00 ||0:00 (scored shootout winner) ||1-0 SO WIN |
|March 28 ||Nashville ||? ||? ||? |
|TOTALS ||March 19-28 ||153:28 ||0:00 ||2-3-0 record |
EARTH HOUR CAUSES GAME-TIME CHANGE
The Kings and Predators were originally scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday but had the game moved to a 3 p.m PT. start time to accomodate the city of Nashville's Earth Hour, which will have all of the downtown area turning off their lights on Saturday night from 6:30- 7:30 pm.
Images of Nashville's streets and skyline turning dark are going to be broadcast worldwide as Nashville is one of 10 U.S. flagship cities participating in this event.
For more information, visit: earthhours.org, and here is a cool video about Earth Hour.
STOLL OUT FOR SEASON; BOYLE IN
Center Jarret Stoll left the game last night due to a groin injury. Stoll was evaluated today and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. As a result, the Kings have recalled C Brian Boyle from Manchester.
Boyle, 24, has two points (1-1=2) and 18 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Kings this season. In addition, the 6-7, 252-pound native of Hingham, Mass., has 21 points (10-11=21) and 73 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Monarchs this season and he shares the team lead with six power-play goals.
Stoll, meanwhile, has tallied 18-23=41, ranking fourth on the team in goals and points and fifth in assists, while ranking fifth in the NHL, winning 57.2% of his faceoffs. Stoll's injury will end a streak of 126 straight games played by the young center. See chart below
A LOOK AT KINGS CONSECUTIVE GAME STREAKS:
Sean O’Donnell: 183 (Feb. 10, 2007 to present)
Anze Kopitar: 165 (March 21, 2007 to present)
Michal Handzus: 156 (Sept. 29, 2007 to present)
Jarret Stoll: 126 (Dec. 10, 2007 to present)
Matt Greene: 107 (Jan. 20, 2008 to present)
The Kings are already playing without leading goal-scorer Alexander Frolov, who has missed the last two games due to a lower body injury and will not play tomorrow. Frolov leads the Kings with 28 goals and is second on the team with 55 points. Frolov returned to Los Angeles after suffering the injury in the Kings 4-1 loss at Chicago on Sunday.SPECIAL SPECIALTY TEAMS
The Kings are 23-for-103 on the power play in the last 21 games (22.3 percent). They’ve scored a power-play goal in 10 of the last 14 games and in 23 of their last 30 games. Meanwhile, the Kings are 48-for-53 on the penalty kill the last 11 games (90.6 percent). PENALTY KILLING (NHL)
| TEAM || PENALTY KILL PCT. || TEAM || ROAD PENALTY KILL PCT. |
|NY Rangers ||87.7% ||Minnesota ||88.3% |
|Minnesota ||87.3% ||NY Rangers ||86.4% |
|San Jose ||83.8% ||Boston ||84.5% |
|Nashville ||83.5% ||KINGS ||83.6% |
|Calgary ||83.4% ||Buffalo ||83.0% |
|KINGS ||83.1% ||Florida ||82.6% |
|Note: Last season the Kings were 30th in overall penalty killing (78.0%) – 28th on the road (77.0%) |
|LAST THREE YEAR COMPARISONS |
| || 74 GAMES INTO 2008-09 || 74 GAMES INTO 2007-08 || 74 GAMES INTO 2006-07 |
| RECORD || |
31-33-10 (72 points)
28-40-6 (62 points)
25-35-14 (64 points)
| GF || |
| GA || |
| PP || |
66-339 (19.5 percent)
60-341 (17.6 percent)
71-399 (17.8 percent)
| PK || |
270-325 (83.1 percent)
218-274 (79.6 percent)
283-369 (76.7 percent)
|In 2007-08 the Kings finished 32-43-7 (71 points) |
In 2006-07 the Kings finished 27-41-14 (68 points)