Jan 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) during a break in play against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Game 45 Preview: Kings vs. Bruins

Team Records:

Kings (26-13-5)

Bruins (28-13-2)

Quick Stats:

– Jeff Carter has four goals in his last six games.

– Anze Kopitar is coming into tonight’s game with a gaudy plus/minus rating of plus 21.

– David Krejci leads the Bruins with 36 points in 43 games.

Preview:

The Kings will play host to the Boston Bruins tonight. The Bruins come into tonight’s game in the middle of a three game road trip along the West Coast. Boston suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks two nights ago despite out shooting the Ducks 32-20 in that game. Boston will end their road trip in San Jose on Saturday with a game against the Sharks.

The Kings suffered much of the same fate in their last game. They controlled most of the game against the Minnesota Wild, but despite out shooting their opponent 33-13 the Kings fell to the Wild 2-1 after a shootout decided the game.

The Bruins have struggled on the road this season and come into Staples Center with 10-9-0 record on the road and have lost four of their last five road games.

If the Kings wish to grab two points tonight they will have to kick-start their offense. They have scored less than three goals in their last seven games and have gone 1-5-1 over that span of hockey. That will not be an easy task as Tuuka Rask is coming into tonight’s game with a 2.05 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

This is the third game of a five game home stand for the Kings. The final two games will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks, the Kings need to win tonight if they want any momentum going into the second half of this chunk of hockey.

Pucks drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time.

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