Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 5 @ Carolina
October 11, 2013
4pm PST (7pm EST)
After their first home win of the season, the Los Angeles Kings travel east where they will embark on a four-game road swing beginning on Friday in Raleigh where they will take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
This will be the first of two meetings between the Kings and Canes this season but marks just the first time they will meet since February 4, 2012 where Carolina won thanks to goals by Jiri Tlusty and Jeff Skinner.
Entering Friday night, the Kings are simply looking to take an advantage of a team who had played just the previous night in Washington. Of course, while they have only played twice on home ice thus far, the 2-1-1 Canes have yet to lose in regulation going 1-0-1.
Despite their win on Wednesday night, the Kings surrendered a three-goal lead before ultimately winning in overtime. They did, however, jump out to a fast start scoring their first three goals in the opening period.
While Los Angeles is a young team, so are the Hurricanes and with the Staal brothers and the aforementioned Skinner in tow, the Kings will need to either pace themselves or stay on top of the opposition should they find themselves off to another fast start. While they do have two wins so far, both of them have come in post-regulation. So, a full 60-minute effort will be what’s needed most for the Kings.
While he is still trying to regain his 2012 form where he was not only nominated for the Vezina but won the Conn Smythe, Jonathan Quick has had a not-so-decent start to the season. With a dud of a goal allowed and being pulled last week in Winnipeg, it certainly hasn’t been a memorable start for the netminder but with a 3.13 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage thus far, Quick certainly has something to build on.
For Carolina, they have a Conn Smythe winner of their own in Cam Ward who hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start either. So far, Ward is 0-1-1 with a 3.90 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. However, the Canes have been faring better with Anton Khudobin who is off to a 2-0-0 start with a 1.50 GAA and a .940 save percentage.
Considering the numbers, it’s safe to suggest that the Hurricanes will go with the latter on Friday evening but we shall see at game time.
Furthermore, we shall see how the Kings kick off their road swing. It won’t be easy but with a little more determination and consistency, the silver-and-black will find themselves enjoying their first winning streak of the campaign.
Enjoy the game!