Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 24 vs. Colorado
November 23, 2013
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
Before hitting the road for a couple of games, the Los Angeles Kings will first host the Colorado Avalanche in an attempt to finish their homestand on a positive note. But it won’t be easy.
With a new head coach in Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy, the top pick in 2013, Nathan MacKinnon, to go along with an already daunting lineup that includes the likes of Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog, the Colorado Avalanche are a forced to be reckoned with this year despite missing the playoffs last season.
After an unbelievable 14-2-0 start to the season, the Avs cooled off a bit losing three-straight. However, the Avs have won their last two decisions including a 4-3 overtime win on Thursday in Phoenix thanks in large part to first-year Av Andre Benoit who had a three-point night en route to the win.
While Matt Duchene is sidelined with an injury, the Avalanche look no less daunting, especially with the goaltending tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere who, combined, have given Colorado a fourth-best 2.14 goals per game. Of course, the team right ahead of them in said category is the Los Angeles Kings who have allowed 2.13 goals per thus far.
But if the Kings expect to get back on the winning track, their defense and their goaltending need to have a night to remember. So far this season, the Avs have scored 3.24 goals per game – good enough for fifth overall.
It would also be wise for the Kings to avoid the penalty box as much as possible as Colorado’s 20.5% on the power play may hurt them. Their penalty-kill is just as effective, standing at 83.3% on the campaign.
Saturday night’s tilt won’t be an easy for the Kings but they will be up to the challenge as they get introduced to the tempermental Patrick Roy for the first of three times this season.
We’ll see how the Kings fare.
Enjoy the game!