Game 22 Preview: Kings vs. Lightning

Nov 12, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter watches game action from the bench during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Team Records:

Kings (14-6-1)

Lightning (14-6-0)

Quick Stats:

- Tonight will be Martin St. Louis’ 1,000th game played.

- The Lightning are 7-1-0 against Western Conference teams.

- Even though the Kings and Lightning have nearly identical records and points at 28 and 29 respectively, the Kings sit in seventh in the West and the Lightning sit atop the East.

Game Preview:

The Kings return to Staples Center tonight after a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference. The Kings went 3-0-1 and grabbed seven out of a possible eight point while on the road. The Lightning are coming into town and are in the middle of their own four game road trip along the Western Conference.

The Kings have shown their depth in recent games getting production from back up goalie Ben Scrivens who got the call after Jonathan Quick went down with an injury in the first game of the Kings’ road trip. Scrivens has posted back-to-back shutouts in his last two games and has not allowed a goal in just over 155 minutes of play.

The Coyotes will try to rebound from a 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes three days ago. The Lightning have been with out star forward Steven Stamkos for just over a week now,  but have continued to roll despite the loss of the offensive work horse. The Lightning are 7-3-0 in their last ten games and 3-2-0 in their last five.

The Kings will be a part of history tonight as Martin St. Louis will be playing in-game number 1,000 of his career tonight. Not too bad of a career for a guy who went undrafted and was not expected to see playing time on any NHL team.

The Kings are still without Quick, Jeff Carter, Matt Greene and Kyle Clifford. While the Lightning will be without Tom Pyatt, Brian Lee, Keith Aulie and Mattias Ohlund tonight.

From here the Lightning will travel up the I-5 for a game against the San Jose Sharks, while the Kings will welcome the New Jersey Devils for the second match up between the two teams in just under a week.

Topics: Ben Scrivens, Los Angeles Kings, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos

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