Mar 14, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs Washington Capitals Game Preview

The Los Angeles Kings hope to get off the skids when they play host to one of the game’s top snipers and a team hunting for a playoff spot.

 

Capitals Logo(33-27-10, 76 points)  5th Metropolitan Division

VS

Kings logo (38-25-6, 82 points) 3rd Pacific Division

7:30 PM

Staples Center

TV: FS-W  RADIO:  KEIB AM1150

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the first time the teams have met in over 2 calendar years.  The last time Los Angeles skated away with a 5-2 win.  They will meet again next week in Washington.

 

LAST GAMES

The Kings dropped their third straight decision, all at home, 4-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.  Washington started off their 3 game California road trip by defeating Anaheim 3-2 on Tuesday.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, WAS – Ovechkin leads the NHL with 46 goals and could be the only one to reach 50 this season, a total he has reached 4 times previous, but not since 2009-10. (Although his 32 in 48 games last season would have been on a 50 goal plus pace.)

Slava Voynov, LAK – One of the Kings’ most dependable defensemen hasn’t scored a goal since November 14th, a span of 50 games.  With the Kings as starved for offense as they are, they need goals from more of their blueliners.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1. Third Time’s A Charm – This will be Jonathan Quick‘s third attempt to tie Rogie Vachon‘s franchise record for most career wins.  He has lost his last 2 decisions giving up 3 and 4 goals to Toronto and Phoenix respectively.

2.  Sutter’s 500th – This will also be the 4th attempt for coach Darryl Sutter‘s milestone win behind an NHL bench.

3.  End The Skid – The Kings have lost 3 in a row at home, and Phoenix has drawn within 5 points of them for third in the Pacific.  Its not time for concern quite yet, but another loss combined with a Phoenix win over Florida tonight would make for some nervous Kings fans.

 

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