Monday, January 12, 2009

Kings Game Preview 1/12/09

Los Angeles Kings
Team Game: 42
Home Game: 28 17 - 18 - 6
(12 - 9 - 6 , Home)
(5 - 9 - 0 , Road)


Tampa Bay Lightning
Team Game: 42
Road Game: 24 12 - 19 - 10
(4 - 7 - 7 , Home)
(8 - 12 - 3 , Road)

The Los Angeles Kings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 pm in a showdown between the number 1 and 2 picks of the 2008 NHL draft (The Lightning's Steven Stamkos and the King's Drew Doughty). The Lightning and Kings also shared the dubious honor of being the worst teams in the NHL, they tied for a league low 71 points.

The Kings looked awful against a Devils team who has been struggling to score on Saturday night. The team could only manage 1 goal against mediocre goaltender Kevin Weeks and could not stop the power play. Jonathan Quick was shaky at best after playing great hockey for two weeks (shutting out the Bluejackets and Coyotes). The goaltender job is his to lose now after the Kings sent Jason LaBarbera to the Canucks for a 7th round draft pick. Hopefully Quick can rebound tonight. Hopefully the Kings can get back to .500 tonight, and give TB their second loss of the road trip.

I will be sitting somewhere in the 300 section tonight. Hopefully the Kings can show me a win before I have to travel back to the harsh winter of Wisconsin!

Prediction for the game:
Kings win 4-1 against a road weary team, playing very physical
2 goals for Brown, 1 empty netter for Kopitar and 1 for Stoll

Review of the game and the first half of the season to follow

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