Mar 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) and Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) chase down the puck in the first period at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars Preview

Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 30 vs. Dallas, March 21, 2013, 7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)

Thursday night will mark the second of five meetings between the Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Starsas the reigning champs look to make it four-straight wins and third-straight against a division rival. In order to do that, however, they will need to avenge themselves from their last game versus Dallas, a 5-2 home loss back on March 7.

Mar 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby (5) and Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) in the second period at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The 17-10-2 Kings are riding high as they are 3-0-0 on their current five-game road trip but the Stars are just as formidable. Despite an average 13-12-3 record, Dallas is just a single point out of a playoff spot but had just played (and lost) Wednesday night in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche so hopefully for the Kings, fatigue will play a factor in Thursday night’s meeting.

In terms of who to watch out for, the Kings will have to slow down Loui Eriksson who leads the Stars this season with 19 points as well as 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr who leads the club with 10 goals. It’s also notable to mention that Jagr scored twice in Dallas’ lone meeting with the Kings thus far so if Los Angeles hopes to keep their winning ways going, they must contain the future Hall-of-Famer and the same can be said for Jamie Benn who registered a pair of helpers en route to his team’s win at Staples Center two weeks ago.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen has been great in the Dallas net this season. He currently boasts a 10-6-2 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. In fact, his one appearance in Los Angeles this season was a successful one as he stopped 31 of 33 shots en route to the Dallas victory. It is worth noting that Lehtonen did just play on Wednesday night so it is very likely the Kings will not see Dallas’ #32 between the pipes on Thursday.

As of last week, it’s official that this campaign will mark the final season where the Kings and Stars will be division rivals so both teams will be making the most of what’s left of said rivalry. With that said, expect both teams to come out swinging – but only one team can come out victorious. Only time will tell before we see which one reigns supreme at night’s end.

Enjoy the game!

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