October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown (23) looks on during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game 7 Preview: Kings vs. Lightning

Team Records:

Kings (4-2-0)

Panthers (3-2-0)

Quick Stats:

- Martin St. Louis has a four-game point streak going for him.

- Matt Frattin is minus-5 going into tonight’s game.

- Before tonight’s game, Los Angeles ranks seventh in goals against per game with 2.33.

Preview:

The Kings will try to continue their success on the road tonight in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. The Kings are half way through their first prolonged road trip of the season and have opened it with two wins against Eastern Conference teams. They will try to go for their third straight win of the trip tonight.

The Kings have already played and beaten the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout victory, and dominated the Florida Panthers in a shutout victory just two days ago.

It was a day for the newcomers in the Kings’ last game. The team rode solid goaltending from back up goalie, Ben Scrivens.  Scrivens’ turned away 20 shots for the shutout and his first start and victory as a King. The team also got a goal from Daniel Carcillo, his first goal as a King. The Kings also received goals from Justin Williams, the 500th point of his career and Jordan Nolan, his first of the season.

Looking towards to tonight, something to keep your eye on is the production of Jeff Carter. Carter was split up from his regular positioning alongside Mike Richards and moved into a spot on Anze Kopitar’s line. It will be interesting to see how this move pays out.

The Lightning on the other hand are in quite the opposite situation of the Kings. They are coming off of a 4-5 lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins and are in the middle of a seven-game home stand. Obviously there is no secret as to who the Kings need to slow down to be successful against the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos has scored four goals in his last two games and newly named team captain, Martin St. Louis is riding a four-game point streak going into tonight’s game.

There are no listed injuries for the Kings going into tonight matchup. While the Lightning have listed goalie Ben Bishop as a game time decision and Tom Pyatt and Brian Lee are out for the night.

A year and a half removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup the Kings are just beginning their quest to bring the cup to LA for the second time. Watch all season long and be sure to get your Los Angeles Kings Tickets today.

Tags: Anze Kopitar Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings Mike Richards Tampa Bay Lightening

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