Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 22 vs. Dallas, March 7, 2013, 7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
After opening up the first two games of their homestand in explosive fashion scoring 11 goals in that span, the Los Angeles Kings are hoping to make it three-in-a-row as they host their division rivals from Dallas for the first time this season.
As of Thursday, the 12-7-2 Kings currently sit in a three-way tie for 4th in the West with 26 points while the 11-9-2 Dallas Stars are in a three-way tie for 8thin the conference with 24 points. Needless to say as the regular season approaches it’s halfway point, the West still remains a logjam.
Since their opening day loss to Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings have yet to lose in regulation going 7-0-1 since then. But while they are the hottest team on home ice, the Stars are just nearly as hot away from their home. Dallas is 5-1-1 in their last seven on the road while scoring at three goals in each of those outings.
Last season, Dallas got the better end of the regular season matchup with Los Angeles as they won three out of five against their rivals from southern California. It’s also worth mentioning that three of the five games between the two clubs last season were decided by a single goal. With that said, expect a close game on Thursday.
While neither Jonathan Bernier nor Jonathan Quick were spectacular on Tuesday against St. Louis, expect whichever starter on Thursday to rebound in a big way keeping the Stars at bay as best they can.
Should the Kings hope to extend their winning ways, they will need to contain a couple of Stars. Forward Loui Eriksson has had his share of success against the Kings scoring four goals and two assists in his last five outings versus the silver-and-black. Forward Derek Roy is also on a bit of a hot streak as he has five points in his last three games including a three-point effort on Sunday (Dallas’ most recent game) against St. Louis. Even the ageless one, Jaromir Jagr has goals in each of his last two games. Whichever way you look at it, the Kings know Thursday’s contest will be anything but a cakewalk.
Thursday evening marks the first of five matchups between the Kings and Stars as each team is equally determined to draw first blood and set the tone for the remainder of the series.
Enjoy the game!