Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kings Game Preview 1/29/09

Time: 7:30 PST
On the air: TV: WGN. Radio: 1150.
Where: Staples Center.
Records: Kings 19-20-7 (12-11-6 Home); Blackhawks 26-12-8 (12-8-3 Road).
Record vs. Blackhawks: 1-0.
Kings stat of the game: Chicago is the 3rd worst team in the league in face-off %(47.4) while the Kings are 4th best (52.2). Hopefully this will lead to some clean wins in their zone to establish the offense early.

Believe it or not, the Blackhawks have not beat the Kings in regulation at Staples since October of 2003. Thats 5-0-3 in the teams last 8 meetings on the Kings home ice. Furthermore, the Kings are coming off their highest 2-game consecutive scoring output of the year. I'm not sure what all of this means, but the Kings are only 6 points out of a playoff spot and should be much fresher than the Blackhawks who played at Anaheim last night.

Jonathan Quick expected to be in goal tonight to earn his 3rd straight win. Tonight should be a fun game to watch, as two of the NHL's youngest teams go head to head.

Prediction: 3-2 Kings 1 goal for O'Sullivan, 1 for Kopitar, and the GW to Jack Johnson

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