Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 20 @ New Jersey
November 15, 2013
4pm PST (7pm EST)
After their third-period comeback on Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings hope to keep their momentum going on Friday as they travel to the Prudential Center to take on a New Jersey Devils squad they haven’t seen since June 11, 2012 when the Kings won the Stanley Cup. Friday night also marks the first time the Kings are in New Jersey since June 9, 2012 when the Devils won 2-1.
At 6-7-5, their record may not indicate a ton of intimidation but the New Jersey Devils are playing in front of a hot veteran netminder in Martin Brodeur who has gone 5-1-0 in his last six outings with a miniscule 1.17 goals-against average. Last time the Kings were up against the future Hall-of-Famer, however, they scored six goals on him. Can history repeat itself? Cory Schneider is also familiar with the Kings dating back to his days in Vancouver so while Brodeu’s record may indicate he’s the clear-cut starter, it will be Schneider most likely starting on Friday. His 1-4-3 record with a 2.09 GAA may not strike fear into the opposition but the young backstop can nonetheless have a big impact.
As for the goaltending situation for Los Angeles, logic would suggest that Martin Jones will make his NHL debut on Friday given that Ben Scrivens had just played on Thursday. With that said, Scrivens wasn’t severely tested versus the Islanders in the previous game so at this point, it’s up in the air as to which Kings netminder will get the call on Friday. It is notable to mention, however, that Scrivens has never played on back-to-back nights during his NHL career.
The hottest Kings right now are their youngest. Since being called up from Manchester, the trio of Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey and Tanner Pearson have certainly made a fair bit of noise.
In his season debut on Thursday, Tanner Pearson scored (his first-career goal) to tie the game late while Libden has recorded three assists since his call-up. Tyler Toffoli is making the biggest impact amongst the trio having scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in the five games since being called up from the AHL.
While the Kings have their share of injuries, the Devils have a couple themselves. Both Ryane Clowe and Patrik Elias are expected to miss Friday’s game.
There’s nothing else to say expect to say let’s drop the puck and hope the Kings can enter the weekend on a high note.
Enjoy the game!