Feb 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) hits Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read (24) into the boards in the second period of game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Game Preview


The Los Angeles Kings take their two game winning streak at home onto the road as they start an Eastern swing in the City of Brotherly Love.

Kings logo (40-25-6, 86 points) 3rd Pacific Division

VS

flyerslogo(38-25-7, 83 points) 2nd Metropolitan Division

First Union Center

4:00 PM PT

TV: FS-W; RADIO:  KEIB AM 1150

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs.  Former Kings winger Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist while Steve Mason was perfect as the Flyers shut out the Kings 2-0 on February 1st.

 

LAST GAMES

Both of these teams are on a bit of a roll.  The Kings have won their last two including a 4-0 shutout of the Florida Panthers.  The Flyers are among the hottest teams in the East, and are coming off a very impressive 4-1 win over the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Justin Williams, LAK – It may have been a long time ago, but Williams is also a former Flyers player who donned orange and black for almost 4 seasons before moving to Carolina and eventually the Kings. He was a first round pick in 2000.

Claude Giroux, PHI – After a very slow start that epitomized the Flyers start as a team, Giroux has been on fire and has climbed up to 4th in league scoring with 74 points in 70 games. He may have used the snub from the Olympic team as a motivating factor.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1.  Homecoming – This is the first game back in Philly for Jeff Carter, who was dealt the same day as Mike Richards in a flurry of deals that netted the Flyers Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier in return. Carter went from Philly to Columbus before joining former mate Richards in LA.

2.  Contrasting Styles – This game will pit the explosive Flyers offense against the stingy Kings defense.  The Flyers struggle to keep the puck out of the net at times, and the Kings have trouble scoring.

3.  Slow The Game Down – The Kings need to dictate the pace, and as they have proven in the past, don’t want to let it become a run and gun type of game, or they will be in trouble.

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