Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 16 vs. Colorado, February 23, 2013, 1pm PST (4pm EST)
The Los Angeles Kings return home from their successful road swing in Alberta to take on the Colorado Avalanchein this their second of three meetings this season. The Kings and Avs already met in Denver this year with Colorado winning 3-1 and now it’s up to Los Angeles to even the score.
Good news for the Avs (and possibly bad news for the Kings) is that their captain Gabriel Landeskog is expected to return to the lineup in Los Angeles after missing the last 11 games with head and leg injuries. But that’s not all the Kings have to contain as Matt Duchene leads the Avs with 17 points and PA Parenteau leads the club in goals with seven. Plus, veteran Milan Hejduk has played very well against Los Angeles in the past so right there, the Kings have enough weapons to slow down.
In goal, Semyon Varlamov is playing great for Colorado. He is coming off his second shutout of the season on Wednesday night where he stopped 33 shots and since he was the winning netminder last time these teams locked horn, the Kings will need to find a way to get more pucks past him.
Jeff Carter continues to be the hottest asset the Kings have right now. Not only does he lead his team with eight goals but he scored in each of Los Angeles’ last two games, both wins against Edmonton and Calgary.
At 7-7-1, the Avs sit just a single point behind the 7-6-2 Kings in the West. Both teams are an identical 5-4-1 in their last ten games.
Despite this being their 16th game this season, Saturday afternoon’s matchup will mark just the fifth time the Kings will play at home this season but they will be playing 13 of their next 16 contests within the confines of the friendly Staples Center.
Saturday afternoon also marks the first time the Kings will be sporting their royal blue uniforms this season so let’s hope they bring the home some good luck en route to picking up a third-straight win.
Enjoy the game!