Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 3 vs. Ottawa
October 9, 2013
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
We had Tuesday to discuss Jonathan Quick’s mishap during Los Angeles’s Monday night loss to the Rangers – but that’s water under the bridge now. It’s time to move on as the Kings hope to get back on the winning track when they host the Ottawa Senators in the first of two meetings this season.
Believe it or not, this will be just the first time the Kings and Sens square off since January 23, 2012 when the Staples Center faithful was treated to a 27-save performance by Jonathan Quick en route to a 4-1 victory.
While the Kings are off to a sub-mediocre 1-2-0 (it’s only three games, don’t panic), the Senators are 1-0-1 to kick off the campaign although, in Ottawa, Bobby Ryan, who was acquired from Anaheim in July, is receiving a lot of heat for his lack of production: one assist in two games. Again, the season’s still so early. How is this even news? But perhaps a trip to Los Angeles will cure what Ryan (apparently) ails him.
Having been a former Duck, the second-overall pick from 2005 has usually played well against the Kings so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares at Staples Center with his new team. Either way, I hope Ryan expects a rude welcome from the Kings’ faithful. Then again, there’s no logical reason why Ryan wouldn’t expect such a hostile reaction.
Being from Ottawa and loathing the Senators, I’ve always had taken an extra interest in games between these two clubs. While most of the drama between the Kings and Sens usually takes place in Ottawa, the rivalry – if you want to call it that – is still an exciting one.
From (Ottawa GM and then-coach) Bryan Murray confronting Jim Fox for his criticism on Zdeno Chara after a 2005 game, a brawl that included then-Kings’ goaltender Felix Potvin and Ottawa’s Jani Hurme fighting it out, to Los Angeles overcoming a 4-goal deficit to win at Scotiabank Place one year, a meeting with the Senators should fill the Kings with any intensity they lacked in the first three games of the season.
This is the first of a four-game West Coast swing for the Senators and while it may not be a battle for the starting-spot, Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson is vying for a spot on the US Olympic team. He lost to a former King in Jonathan Bernier on Saturday and Quick hopes he can have the same success on Wednesday.
After a disappointing home-opener, the Kings are determined to send their fans home happy this time around.
Enjoy the game!