The Los Angeles Kings got into the win column on Thursday, and now look to start a streak against one of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference before they head out on an Eastern road trip of their own.
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This is the second meeting of 2 this season between the clubs. LA won the first meeting in Miami by a score of 3-0, with Ben Scrivens picking up the shutout on an October road trip.
Los Angeles snapped a 3 game losing skid with a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday, while the wonky road trip of the Panthers saw them fall 2-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Roberto Luongo, FLA – A familiar face to Kings fans, the goalie famously returned to the Panthers from the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline. The Kings had his number this season while he was in Vancouver. They met 3 times, with LA winning all 3, posting a 3.53 GAA and .898 SP. He is 14-11-5 in his career against the Kings.
Jeff Carter, LAK – The Kings leading goal scorer has been slumping of late. He has just 1 assist in his last 5 games. He has 21 points in 25 career games against the Panthers, most coming when he was a member of the Flyers.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Nothing To Lose: The Panthers’ playoff hopes were doused long ago, and they really have nothing to play for but pride. That does mean the Kings can’t take them lightly or it will come back to haunt them.
2. End Stand Strong- The Kings’ homestand got off to a very rocky start with 3 straight losses, but they can end it on a good note with two straight wins, salvaging some self respect.
3. Becoming Road Warriors – After this game, the Kings will have just 4 of 11 games at home. They want to make the most of those games in the friendly confines of Staples. The first 3 game trip is a difficult one, and banking points now against a weaker team is parap