Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12season:
Game 30 @ Boston
December 13, 2011
4pm PST (7pm EST)
The Los Angeles Kings will begin life in the post-Terry Murray era and welcome John Stevens as the interim head coach as they try to stop the bleeding on what is a four-game losing streak. It will be no easy task, however, as the Kings kick off their eastern road trip in Boston against the reigning Stanley Cupchampions.
If history is any indicator, then Los Angeles has a good chance of pulling out a win tomorrow night. After all, the last time they lost to the Bruins was over four years ago as the Kings have won the last six meetings.
After a slow start to the season, though, the Bruins are a rejuvenated club as they are tied for second in the east with an impressive 18-9-1 record. Although they lost two straight recently, Boston won their last outing onSaturday in Columbus.
The Bruins have a very balanced offense and they do not hesitate in spreading it around. Sophomore Tyler Seguin leads his club in goals (13) and points (26). Chris Kelly is second of the club in goals with 11, followed by Milan Lucic with 10. Seguin, Lucic, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have alreadyhit the 20-point mark this season while six different Bruins have a plus/minus rating of +12 or better.
The stat that will likely be the most worrisome for any Kings fan is the vast difference in the goals-for department. While the Kings still sit 30th in the league with an average of 2.21 goals per game, the Bruins are currently third overall in said department with 3.25 goals per game.
In goal, the Bruins can go with either Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask as both have had great years thus far. Atthe other end, though, expect Jonathan Quick to be back between the pipes for the Kings.
Los Angeles certainly has a tough task on their hands but they hope to begin the John Stevens era on a winning note. The action starts at the TD Garden tomorrow at 4pm PST (7pm EST).
Enjoy the game!
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