Game 2 @ Colorado
January 22, 2013
6pm PST (9pm EST)
The Los Angeles Kings are hoping to put their season-opening lo9ss behind them as they travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche. For the Avs, Tuesday night will mark their home-opener. They opened their season on Saturday at Minnesota with a 4-2 loss to the new-look Wild. Both teams will be looking for their first win of the young season in this matchup.
Early in their opening game, the Kings showed a lack of discipline getting called for two penalties and on the 5-on-3, the Blackhawks answered and took over the rest of the game. While Rob Scuderi did pick up his first goal of the season, the pre-game banner-raising ceremony was the highlight of the afternoon at Staples Center.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick was shaky on Saturday allowing five goals on 22 shots but in all fairness, it was his first game since off-season back surgery. As for the rest of the team, the Cup champions have only won their home-opener once in the last 17 years. Not to make excuses but it just means that it’s too early to panic.
As for their opponent, the up-and-coming Avs have plenty of upside. Veteran Milan Hejduk has been successful against the Kings throughout his career. He registered an assist last game and needs to be contained should Los Angeles hope to win their first game of the year. The Kings will also need to contain sophomore Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and new Av John Mitchell who scored on Saturday en route to their loss.
In goal, Semyon Varlamov is determined to make his first full season in Colorado one to remember and despite losing, he had a decent start on Saturday. Despite allowing four goals, Varlamov did make 31 saves. Hopefully the Kings have better luck against him on Tuesday than they did against Chicago’s Corey Crawford on Saturday.
The action starts at 6pm PST (9pm EST). It should be a good one.
Enjoy the game!
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