Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 37 vs. Colorado
December 21, 2013
1pm PST (4pm EST)
After picking up a convincing win against hated San Jose on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Kings hope to extend their two-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.
Saturday will mark the second of three meetings between the Kings and Avs this season. The first time these two clubs played was at Staples Center back on November 23 when Colorado won in overtime by a 1-0 score.
While Ben Scrivens was solid that night, the Kings’ offense was non-existent as they hope for a much better output up front this time. However, it is most likely that Los Angeles will go with Martin Jones in goal who is off to a scintillating 7-0-0 start to his career. The Avs will likely counter with Semyon Varlamov.
Speaking of Jones, according the Elias Sports Bureau, the rookie has equalled the best start to an NHL career with his 7-0-0 mark with Bob Froese and Wayne Thomas who accomplished the feat in 1982-83 and 1972-73 respectively. Should Jones get the nod on Saturday and win, the record will be all his.
At 23-10-1, the Avs currently sit third in the Central and are still formidable opponents despite slowing down a bit after their fast start to the campaign.
If the Kings are going to beat Colorado, they will need to contain Matt Duchene who has four goals and six assists in his last five outings. Maxime Talbot is another Av on a hot streak having registered two goals and two assists in his last four.
As for Los Angeles, Dwight King is on fire with three goals and three helpers in his last four games while linemate Jeff Carter has scored three times and added five assists in his last five.
For the second Saturday in a row, it’s going to be a matinee affair for the Kings as they hope for the same result for the second-straight Saturday: a win.
It should be a great matchup.
Enjoy the game!