Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 48 @ St. Louis
January 16, 2014
5pm PST (8pm EST)
After trading Ben Scrivens to Edmonton on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings called netminder Martin Jones back up from Manchester - but don't expect him to start.
The Kings and St. Louis Blues will meet on Thursday night at the Scottrade Center, exactly two weeks after their last meeting also at Scottrade. That night, Los Angeles suffered their worst loss of the season, falling 5-0 to the Blues. Suddenly, all of the success the Kings had against their rivals from Missouri seemed trivial after such a beating.
En route to said loss, the aforementioned Martin Jones was pulled after allowing two early goals but the now-departed Ben Scrivens fared little better. While the loss was neither the fault of Jones or Scrivens, the Kings are hoping a change in net will bring them some luck. After all, since returning from injury, Quick is 3-1-1 and coming off a 28-save shutout against Vancouver on Monday.
Since that 5-0 loss, however, the Kings have turned things around. After leaving the Gateway City losers of five-straight two weeks earlier, the silver-and-black earned points in four of their next five despite considerable difficulty putting the puck in the net. That will especially be difficult against Brian Elliot who turned away 30 shots to shut out the Kings 14 days earlier. With that said, however, the 32-8-5 will most likely give Jaroslav Halak the nod on Thursday.
This will be the third and final meeting between the Kings and Blues. Los Angeles drew first blood at Staples Center back on December 2 when the home team won 3-2. As a sidenote, this will likely be the only time this season where the Kings will play an opponent which they started three different goaltenders during the season series.
It should be a great game as the Kings look to kick off their five-game road swing with a win. They will have to do it against a Blues team which is 8-1-1 in their last 10. We'll see how this unfolds.
Enjoy the game!