Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2013-14 season:
Game 70 vs. Washington
March 20, 2014
7:30pm PST (10:30pm EST)
After losing three-straight to start their homestand, the Los Angeles Kings hope to salvage something beginning with a win on Thursday night versus the Washington Capitals. This is the first of two meetings between the Kings and Caps with the two teams set to meet again in the nation’s capital on March 25.
While they are set to face each other twice in five days, the Kings and Capitals will meet for the first time since January 9, 2012 when Los Angeles won by a 5-2 score at Staples Center. Given their recent slide, the silver-and-black sure do hope for the same kind of success this time.
Despite the slow start and unfortunate finish on Monday, the Los Angeles Kings played a solid game en route to their loss versus Phoenix. Jonathan Quick, who had missed Saturday’s game with an illness, was great in goal. Captain Dustin Brown, who missed the last two games with a sickness and a lower-body injury, should be expected to be in the lineup on Thursday. Hopefully this will be the boost the silver-and-black needs.
While this isn’t the first they welcomed him back to Staples Center, the Kings will face Dustin Penner for the first time as a Washington Capital. The former King was traded to the Caps from Anaheim at the March 5 Trade Deadline. Of course, while Penner’s return is something to look forward to, the Kings must deal with a Washington team who has won three-straight games and, being tied for the second and final wild card spot in the East, the Capitals are determined to end the regular season on a roll.
But Penner wasn’t the only asset the Caps picked up at the trade deadline a couple of weeks ago. Netminder Jaroslav Halak has settled in as the team’s No. 1 guy since coming over from Buffalo (via St. Louis). In his last four starts, the Slovak has stopped 140 of the 149 shots he faced. The Kings will definitely have their work cut out for them.
In addition to Halak, both Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer have been lighting up as of late for the Caps. Entering Thursday, Ward has scored a goal in each of his last three games while Brouwer has scored three times over his last two. Also speaking of deadline pickups, Marian Gaborik has been hot for the Kings, scoring twice in his last three outings.
Fans in Los Angeles simply want to see their team return to the win column. Hopefully, Thursday will provide just that.
Enjoy the game!