Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 21 vs. St. Louis, March 5, 2013, 7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
There’s no rest for the Los Angeles Kings as they prepare to host the St. Louis Blues in the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. The Kings are hoping add to their 4-1 win in the Gateway City back on February 11.
During that meeting, Jeff Carter led the way for Los Angeles notching a pair of goals and even Davis Drewiske helped out scoring his first of the year. In goal, Jonathan Bernier was solid stopping 21 of 22 shots en route to the victory while Brian Elliott struggled in the St. Louis goal. Of course, since then, Jaroslav Halak has returned from injured and Jake Allenhas emerged between the pipes. Needless to say, St. Louis’ goaltending situation has become better since last facing off against the Kings.
While the Kings are coming off a big win Monday night, the Blues are coming off a 4-1 loss in Dallas on Sunday. With their win on Monday night, the Kings now find themselves in a five-way tie in the West with 24 points with one of those teams being none other than the St. Louis Blues. What an opportunity that would be. Los Angeles is hoping to make the most of their homestand (which they’re 1-0 on so far) but will need to contain the Blues’ big guns should they expect to finish the night with two extra points.
So far this season, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk leads the way for the Blues with 17 points followed by forward Alex Steen (who scored St. Louis’ lone goal last meeting against the Kings) who has 16 points. Just behind them are David Backes and TJ Oshie who each have 15 points on the year. Whichever way you look at it, the Blues have certainly spread the wealth and can have anyone lead the way.
Of course, the Blues have their work cut out for them as well. Jeff Carter is coming off a natural hat-trick, Slava Voynov three assists and the Kings overall scored two power play goals on Monday night so the Blues better have everything in order should they hope to be victorious. On another note, Los Angeles’ defensive unit got a boost on Monday welcoming Alec Martinez back from injury and while the blueliner was pointless against Nashville last game, his presence alone should give St. Louis a little extra to worry about.
The Los Angeles Kings are in tough but have a great opportunity to climb the conference standings in the logjam that is the Western Conference. We’ll see if they can do it.
Enjoy the game!