Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 60 @ Colorado
February 26, 2014
7pm PST (10pm EST)
It’s been three weeks and we all missed them. But the Los Angeles Kings are back – and hopefully they break did them some good as they struggled beforehand. Resuming things, the Kings will travel to the Milehigh City for a Wednesday night tilt with the Colorado Avalanche.
This will be the third and final meeting between the Kings and Avs this season and the only meeting of the season at the Pepsi Center. After losing 1-0 in overtime back on November 23, the silver-and-black got their revenge on December 21, downing Colorado in the shootout helped by a 23-save performance by Martin Jones. With the since-traded Ben Scrivens having faced off against the Avs in November, only Jonathan Quick has yet to face the Avs this season. It’s still unknown whether he will get the nod on Wednesday or whether the recently called-up Jones will get the start instead.
While they are 17-10-3 on home ice this season, the Los Angeles Kings are a ho-hum 14-12-3 so far away from Staples Center this season. With that, the Avs are 19-7-3 at home this season, which is good enough for fourth in the West.
Matt Duchene, fresh off representing Canada in Sochi, leads Colorado in scoring with 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) while three different Avs are in double-digits on the upside of the plus/minus rating. Nathan McKinnon, Tyson Barrie and Gabrirl Landeskog lead the way for their team with ratings of +14, +15 and +16 respectively.
The Kings, meanwhile, started the 2014 year inauspiciously.
After rolling through November and much of December, the Kings entered the Olympic break having won just two of their last 10 while, in the process, struggling considerably to find the back of the net. The Kings did, however, close out their pre-Sochi schedule with a 2-1 overtime time versus Columbus on February 6 and fans can only hope that said win is a sign of things to come. We’ll see.
We’ll also see if those who represented the Kings in Sochi (Doughty, Carter, Quick, Brown, Kopitar, Voynov) can bring their overseas success back with them to Los Angeles, especially the former three.
It’s been too long to wait so at this point, there’s nothing else to say except to drop the puck.
Enjoy the game!