Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
St. Louis
Blues
49-22-11
Los Angeles
Kings
40-27-15
SO
35 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
STL ()
LAK ()
  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (47)
game preview

Red-hot Kings to host West-leading Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


Red-hot Kings to host West-leading Blues
St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings

BLUES (46-20-8) at KINGS (36-25-12)

TV: FS-MW (HD), FS-W (HD)

Last 10: St. Louis 6-3-1; Los Angeles 8-2-0.

Season Series: This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams. Los Angeles has won two of the first three showdowns, but St. Louis took Round 3 in a 1-0 victory at the Scottrade Center on Feb. 3.

Big Story: It's another huge game for the Kings, who have won five in a row to move back into playoff position in the Western Conference. However, L.A. has far from clinched -- it enters Thursday's action tied with ninth-place Phoenix at 84 points apiece, while No. 10 San Jose and No. 11 Calgary are both just two points behind. It certainly doesn't get any easier for Los Angeles, which will host Boston on Saturday after facing the League-leading Blues on Thursday night.

"Is that what it is," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told lakingsinsider.com regarding the playoff race. "Jeez. You can win and not gain any ground. It's crazy. It doesn't mean nothing. The bottom line is, we pretty much have to overcome something that's pretty much insurmountable. We'll try to take advantage of what we have to home. It doesn't get any easier. We play the best team in the League and defending Stanley Cup champions, back to back. I don't think where we are right now means much to me. I'm thinking about St. Louis."

Team Scope:

Blues: St. Louis had every chance to come away with two points Wednesday night, but failed to protect three separate leads and ultimately suffered a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The Blues, who still sit atop the Western Conference with 100 points, have now lost three of four thus far on their seven-game road trip.

"It's uncharacteristic of us to blow three one-goal leads, let alone just one one-goal lead," defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said. "We've been really good at that all year. A couple of mental mistakes and mental breakdowns cost us tonight."

Kings: Los Angeles made it five in a row with a solid 5-2 victory against the Sharks at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. Thursday marks the third game of a five-game homestand for the Kings, who also notched a 4-2 win against Nashville last Saturday.

"We're definitely showing signs," Anze Kopitar said after helping his club beat San Jose. "There's always room for improvement, but tonight was a huge game. We knew what was at stake, and I think we came up big. It was a full-team effort, and that's what we've got to do down the road."

Who's Hot: Blues rookie Jaden Schwartz has scored in each of his first two NHL games. Those goals came on his first two shots in the League. … Kings center Jeff Carter has 4 goals and 3 assists in his last six games, while winger Justin Williams has 6 goals and 6 assists in his last 11 contests. Dustin Brown, the team's captain, is 5-11-16 in his last 12.

Injury Report: Matt D'Agostini (concussion), Andy McDonald (shoulder), Alex Steen (concussion) and Kris Russell (concussion) are out indefinitely for St. Louis. … Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scott Parse (hip) are out indefinitely for the Kings.

Stat Pack: St. Louis is within five victories of the franchise record of 51, set in 1999-2000. … In the 12 games since acquiring Carter from Columbus, the Kings have totaled 42 goals for an average of 3.5 goals per game. Before the trade, the Kings averaged 2.03 goals per contest.

Puck Drop: "It started a while ago for us. We knew we had a tough road to climb, and we still do. There's lots of work to do. We've got San Jose a couple more times, and we've got St. Louis and Boston coming up here. There are no easy games in this League, and especially against those two teams. We'll look to just try to continue to play well." -- Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 22 '12 STL 0 at LAK 1 - SO J. Carter
Feb 03 '12 LAK 0 at STL 1 J. Langenbrunner
Nov 22 '11 LAK 3 at STL 2 W. Mitchell
Oct 18 '11 STL 0 at LAK 5 S. Gagne
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Oshie73183250+164633
D. Backes75222749+189574
A. Pietrangelo74113546+173055
K. Shattenkirk7492938+245452
D. Perron50162137+202843
P. Berglund75171936+12403
J. Arnott66161632+132463
C. Stewart72151328+49821
A. Steen36131124+202223
J. Langenbrunner6351722+82802
V. Sobotka6651520+113601
A. McDonald2191019+2232
C. Colaiacovo5921719+82202
M. D'Agostini529918+152233
B. Jackman7411213+214800
R. Polak7301111+45700
K. Russell48549+102101
C. Porter47437-11101
S. Nichol75347-46200
I. Cole26156+72200
K. Huskins20235+6200
E. Grachev26134-4201
R. Reaves55213-110901
B. Crombeen39123-27100
J. Schwartz3202+1011
A. Cracknell2101+1000
C. Fairchild5011-1000
N. Nikitin7000-5400
B. Sterling4000-1000
T. Chorney2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Halak4325-11-68111041.90.927
B. Elliott3421-9-3528681.57.940
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Kopitar74244165+101682
J. Williams74183452+73862
D. Brown74192847+145186
M. Richards66162339+56520
J. Carter52211334-916102
D. Doughty6992433+06223
J. Johnson6181624-122454
J. Stoll7051419+45600
W. Mitchell6841418+154001
D. Penner5771017-64110
S. Gagne3471017-11802
S. Voynov4661117+111231
M. Greene744913+24502
K. Clifford735611-511102
D. King194610+4401
R. Scuderi74189-51400
A. Martinez43448-1620
T. Lewis64347-21701
A. Loktionov39347-4210
T. Hunter38257-4801
C. Fraser59167-36100
B. Richardson54325-72800
J. Nolan18224+22101
E. Moreau28134-32001
S. Parse9202+11410
D. Drewiske9202+0200
K. Westgarth25112-33900
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Quick6232-19-1112017071.96.930
J. Bernier155-6-1323602.33.911

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Roster
In the System
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

SCHEDULE
Preseason
Regular Season
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blues Overtime Blog

VIDEO
Game Highlights
GameDay
News & Interviews
All-Access
NHL Network

SOCIAL
Find a Player
Facebook
Twitter
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

FANS
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US