The Los Angeles Kings return to Staples Center for game three of their Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings could not be coming home in better form after taking games one and two and grabbing a 2-0 series lead on enemy ice.
After falling down 0-3 in their opening series against the San Jose Sharks the Kings have won six in a row and have the chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead later tonight.
If the Kings want their success to transition onto home ice they will need Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar to continue their influential play. Kopitar sits atop the league in points during these playoffs with 14 and Gaborik has scored three goals in two games against the Ducks.
Also contributing to the Kings success has been their ability to shut down the Ducks’ top duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzalf. Getzlaf has been on the score sheet with three assists but has gone scoreless through the first two games of the series. Perry however has been held pointless and is minus-2 through two games.
Despite an injury riddled blue line and missing Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell the Kings look like they have found their way back to their defensive focused game. A large part of this is due to the play of Jonathan Quick. Quick has allowed only three goals through two games and boasts a 1.5 goals against average and .958 save percentage this series.
Although there were several times that “Go Kings Go,” chants broke out during the first two games, this will be the first time the Ducks will play a playoff game in Staples Center. It will be interesting to see how much of a factor the crowd plays in the game.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time and things are sure to be loud.