Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12 season:

 

Game 42 vs. Columbus

 

January 7, 2012

 

1pm PST (4pm EST)

 

 

Despite still having their offensive woes, the Los Angeles are 6-0-3 in their last nine outings, which includes a big overtime win against Phoenix last game. Tomorrow afternoon, the Kings look to put together a winning streak and continue their recent success as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to town for their second meeting of the season.

 

The Kings and Jackets last met in Columbus on December 15 when the Kings picked up a 2-1 win in the midst of struggling to find victories during that time. Despite winning, however, the Kings could not manage a goal until the third period. They’ll have to take less time to be efficient should they hope to win their second-straight.

 

Columbus, who sits last overall with 25 points, has lost two in a row and are 2-7-1 in their last ten. The Jackets have fallen on hard times all season long as they are now without the services of Mark Letestu, who suffered a broken hand last game in San Jose. In his place, Ryan Russell has been called up as he will be making his NHL debut tomorrow in Los Angeles.

 

On the penalty-killing front, the Kings have successfully killed off their last 28 penalties so should Columbus draw any penalties, they’ll need to take advantage of every opportunity they can get on the man-advantage.

 

It’s unclear at this point which of Los Angeles’ goaltenders will start but whoever it is will have to be focused as the Jackets have averaged 31.5 shots per game and 2.33 goals-per-game. Although not great, it is still slightly better than Los Angeles’ average thus far.

 

Hopefully, the Kings don’t take the Jackets lightly despite their record and play a strong sixty minutes. Enjoy the game!

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of AP Photo

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