Postgame notes (March 17)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– By several measures, the Kings suffered their worst loss of the season when they fell to the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Thursday night at Staples Center.
– The Kings were shut out for the sixth time this season, set a new season low for shots on goal (17) and suffered their worst losing margin of the season.
– The Kings had not lost a game by more than three goals this season. They lost 6-3 at San Jose on Nov. 15, 4-1 at Montreal on Nov. 24, 6-3 at Phoenix on Dec. 29, 7-4 vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 3, 3-0 at the New York Islanders on Feb. 19 and 7-4 vs. Detroit on Feb. 28. It was the Kings’ most lopsided regular-season loss since Jan. 19, 2010, a 5-1 loss vs. San Jose.
– The Kings were outshot by the Blues 39-17. It was the Kings’ lowest shot on goal total since they recorded 17 shots on goal in a 3-0 loss vs. Chicago on March 18, 2010. The Kings recorded 16 shots on goal in a 2-1 victory over Calgary on Dec. 7, 2009.
– The Kings were swept 4-0 by St. Louis in the season series, and were outscored by a combined margin of 15-6.
– The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings are 25-for-25 on the penalty kill in their last eight games and have killed 26 consecutive opponents’ power plays overall. The Kings have had just two power plays in their last two games.
– The Kings fell to 20-12-2 at home, 9-16-3 when allowing the first goal, 4-10-1 when trailing after the first period and 4-18-1 when trailing after the second period.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 35 of 39 shots. Quick had allowed two or fewer goals in three consecutive starts. Quick went 0-4 against St. Louis this season.
– Kyle Clifford left the game late in the first period with an “upper-body injury” after being hit in the head during a fight with St. Louis’ Ryan Reaves.
– Anze Kopitar and Alexei Ponikarovsky each recorded a team-high three shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high eight hits and Alec Martinez and Rob Scuderi each were credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 23 minutes, 15 seconds. Dustin Brown led all forwards in ice time at 20:00.
– The Kings won 26 of 54 faceoffs (48 percent). Anze Kopitar won 8 of 14 draws (57 percent) while Michal Handzus won 5 of 14 draws (36 percent).