The Kings may not have the curse of superstition shrouding the Columbus Blue Jackets, but they do have a bone to pick. Continuing the month from hell, the Kings play their second of three back to back games tonight at Staples Center against the Jackets.
When these two teams met last week, the Blue Jackets demolished a first period lead by the Kings in such fashion that saw Alexnader Frolov earn a night in a suit and tie. At that time the Kings were coming off a two game losing streak. This time around, the Kings are rolling on a two game win streak.
The Jackets, who also played last night (a 6-4 win against Anaheim), might be more bruised up than the Kings, who will again be without Justin Williams. Jackets’ coach Ken Hitchcock told the press this morning that three forwards and one defenseman sustained injuries that could keep them out of the lineup tonight.
The Kings will start Jonathan Quick again as Terry Murray hopes to imbue Quick’s step with the arrogant swagger than made him the successful battler he was last year. The rest of the Kings line-up will likely remain the same from last night as well.