April 28, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka (17) gets tripped up after attempting a shot on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period in game one of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ St. Louis Blues Preview

Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:

Game 11 @ St. Louis, February 11, 2013, 5pm PST (8pm EST)

As heart-wrenching as their last-second loss in Detroit was this afternoon, the Los Angeles Kings have no time to dwell as they’re right back at it tomorrow where they pay a visit to St. Louis’ Scottrade Center to take on the high-flying Blues. While they took three of four meetings from them last season in addition to sweeping them in the Western Semi-Final, the Los Angeles Kings are set to deal with a new-look Blues squad who are on a mission to go one further than they did last year and seriously compete for hockey’s holiest prize. Tomorrow night will be the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season.

April 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; The referee calls time as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) covers the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the second period in game two of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Scottrade Center. The Kings defeated the Blues 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

At 6-4-1, the Blues are tied for 7th in the West and as of tonight, they sit five points ahead of Los Angeles in the standings. While St. Louis hasn’t been quite as impressive as they were when the season started, their 5-4-1 mark in their last 10 is still very respectable and with the amount of offensive outlets they have, they certainly don’t lack that all-too-important scoring punch.

He may just have one goal this far but Kevin Shattenkirk has added 11 assists as he currently leads the Blues in points with 12. While the Kings have yet to have anyone score their fifth goal so far, the Blues are already have three with five goals: Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart and Vladimir Tarasenko who is putting together a great rookie campaign so far.

With the recent injury to netminder Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott has taken over the reigns in the St. Louis goal. However, with a 3.51 goals-against average and a save percentage of a measly .853, the netminder has had better numbers. With that said, I used Jimmy Howard’s lacklustre numbers as a possible factor against the Kings earlier today and Howard wound up playing extremely well – so Elliott’s lack of success may not amount to a hill of beans come tomorrow night.

There’s really not much else to say except that the Kings need to play much better hockey and tomorrow night will be an ideal test against a Blues team determined to wash away the painful playoff sweep they suffered last May at the hands of the Kings.

Enjoy the game!

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