Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
Game 41 vs. Colorado, April 11, 2013, 7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
For the third and final time this season, the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanchewill square off with each team hoping to win the series with the home team winning each meeting. If that trends continues, it will be in Los Angeles’ favour.
After a pair of losses on the road, the Kings return home to face the lowly Avalanche who claim that they will not tank to get the best chance at the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft. With a 12-22-3 record, the Avs currently sit last place in the NHL. At 29 points, they are three points behind the 29th-place Florida Panthers. Despite what’s on paper, the Kings should not take the Avs lightly as they have some intimidating weapons from Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog to Ryan O’Reilly and veteran Milan Hejduk who has had his share of his success against Los Angeles over the course of his career.
The first time the Kings and Avs met this season was back on January 22, Los Angeles’ second game of the season. Fresh off having their banner-raising day spoiled by Chicago, the Kings were deflated in Denver as Avs played comeback defeating the silver-and-black 3-1 at the Pepsi Center. The two teams would meet at Staples Center a month later as on February 23, on a night where they honoured former goaltender Kelly Hrudey, the Kings beat the Avs 4-1 evening the season series.
It’s undecided which netminder the Kings will go for but if they’re willing to overlook Tuesday night’s third period in Dallas, Los Angeles may go with
between the pipes (even though, in fairness, that debacle wasn’t entirely his fault).
It’s the Kings playing to further solidify a playoff spot and the Avs playing for pride and maybe even the highest draft pick at season’s end. Whatever the stakes are, it should be a good one.
Enjoy the game!