The Los Angeles Kings hope to add to a two-game winning streak tonight in their first road game of the season against the St. Louis Blues.
So far, the Kings rank at the top of the league in goals scorer, having scored 15 in their first three games.
And this is coming from Blues coach Andy Murray, speaking on his former team.
But the statement unfortunately also applies to the Kings penalty kill, currently ranked worst in the league at an abysmal 36.4% success rate, a full 20% lower than Montreal, the 29th ranked team. Safe to say, killing penalties effectively will be a key to the game tonight.
The Kings line-up will be identical to the last game’s, with Trevor Lewis watching the contest in a suit and tie.
There is something truly special about tonight’s game however, and it has nothing to do with the team on the ice. Tonight will be the first time in a long time Kings’ fans get to experience something they had all but forgotten existed; real road coverage. Rich Hammond is with the team in St. Louis, covering the game straight from the source, instead of from a television, like the rest of the Los Angeles media, ourselves included.
If history is any indicator, the game will favor the Kings, who only lost once to the Blues last season. However that Blue’s team was without Paul Kariya and Erik Johnson, both of whom have played well so far and will be in the line-up tonight. Injuries to Barrett Jackman and Erik Brewer have somewhat hobbled the Blues defense, but for a team that relies on quality goaltending and explosive offense, those injuries are no reason for the Kings’ to take their opposition lightly.
Check back after the game for a full post game report.
Go Kings Go!