The Week That Was
The Kings picked up an important four points going 2-1-0 this past week. Splitting their two weekday road games and then holding serve on home ice this past weekend, the Kings continue to stay in the coveted top three spots in the Pacific Division.
Starting with their road win in Chicago on Tuesday night, the Kings defeated the Blackhawks 5-2 behind multi-point games from Blake Lizotte (2g), Philip Danault (1g, 1a), Viktor Arvidsson (2a) and Dustin Brown (2a). The Kings took a two goal lead in the first period and never looked back, onto the lead once they got it.
Following a victory in Chicago, the Kings quickly made their way to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche on the second half of a back-to-back. Having won their previous six games when on the second half of a back-to-back, lucky number seven was not to be as the Avalanche quickly chased starting goalie Jonathan Quick after he surrendered three goals in the first 10:15. Cal Petersen Replaced Quick and would finish the game in net as the Kings would go on to fall 9-3.
After two days off following the loss to the Avalanche, the Kings were back on home ice after a three-game road trip, facing off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles. Saturday’s game began with two Kings goals in the first 7:02 when Dustin Brown and Philip Danault Each found the back of the net. Jonathan Quick made his third consecutive start and responded tremendously after being pulled on Wednesday in Colorado, stopping 21 of 22 Columbus shots. The win over the Blue Jackets concluded the Kings Eastern Conference opponents for the season. On the year, the Kings went an impressive 23-6-3 against the Eastern Conference.
Rounding out The Week That Was as always is the All The Kings Men King of the Week. This past week’s award winner is Dustin Brown. Brown returned to the lineup on Tuesday versus the Blackhawks after a one-month absence from the lineup due to injury and made an immediate impact. Brown recorded two assists against the Blackhawks and then buried the game’s first goal on Saturday versus the Blue Jackets 1:41 into the game.
The Week That Is
The Kings will again play three games this week before they wrap up the regular season with two road games next week. The Kings will see their Freeway Face-Off rivals twice this week, once on the road early in the week and then back in Los Angeles on Saturday night for their final home game of the season. Currently, the Freeway Face-Off is tied at one win a piece as both teams have been victorious in their opponent’s building. Sandwiched between the two games versus the Ducks is another matchup with a familiar foe, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings season series with the Blackhawks is also tied at one a piece with the lone win for each team also coming on the road.
Current Pacific Division Rankings Playoff Picture
1. Calgary Flames: 101 points (75 GP)
2. Edmonton Oilers: 94 points (76 GP)
3. LA Kings: 90 points (77 GP)
4. Vegas Golden Knights 87 points (76 GP)
5. Vancouver Canucks 84 points (75 GP)
Upcoming games this week: