Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 27 vs. Calgary
November 30, 2013
7pm PST (10pm EST)
After losing in regulation to Nashville to open the month, the Los Angeles Kings have earned points in their next 11 games. Come Saturday night, they have a chance to make it 12-straight and look back on November as one of their best months ever – especially considering the injuries they’ve had to deal with during that time.
Saturday will mark the second of five meetings between the Kings and Calgary Flames this season. The first time these two clubs met was at Staples Center back on October 21 when the Flames scored in the final minute of regulation to edge the Kings by a 3-2 scoring. This time, it’s back at Staples again with the Kings determined to draw even in the season series and enter the month of December with as much momentum as they can possibly handle.
Since stepping in for the injured Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens has been a tour de force in the Los Angeles net posting a 0.66 goals-against average, a .945 save percentage and two (consecutive) shutouts. But at 8-12-4, there is the possibility that the Flames will be up against rookie netminder Martin Jones who would be making his NHL debut. But that’s just speculation so as far as things sit now, expect the former and not the latter.
Calgary does have some weapons in rookie Sean Monahan and former King Mike Cammalleri so while they may be a bit lower in the standings, do not expect the Kings to even think of overlooking this up-and-coming Flames squad.
Offense, or a lack thereof, has been somewhat an issue for the Kings lately but in fairness, that has been the extent of their worries as of late.
Aside from their goaltending, Los Angeles’s defense and penalty-kill have been exceptional – and those two departments have been enough to lead the silver-and-black to success this month.
The hottest King has to be Jeff Carter. While he’s only been back in the lineup for two games, he has scored points in both of those contests. In fact, the line of Carter, Dwight King and Mike Richards have seemed to gel very nicely.
For those Kings fans in Canada and parts of the northern United States, their matchup with Calgary will be aired on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada so if the Kings should win, then fans across North America will get to witness it. But I said “if” – let’s see what the Kings have in store on Saturday night.
Enjoy the game!