January 23, 2012 1:20 pm

Before the break, a big challenge

The Kings have one game left before an eight-game All-Star break, and it won’t be an easy one. The Ottawa Senators have been one of the surprise teams in the NHL this season. They’re averaging three goals per game — imagine that — and, of late, they’ve received some outstanding goaltending from Craig Anderson. The Senators have a 10-2-1 record since Dec. 27, and they’re also going to be coming into Staples Center mad, given that they were handed a 2-1 loss by the Anaheim Ducks yesterday. Not exactly the best situation for the Kings, particularly given that the Senators hadn’t lost a road game in regulation since Dec. 1. Justin Williams said he’s aware that the Kings will face a significant challenge.

WILLIAMS: “They’re a good team, which not a lot of people I think expected them to be as good as they are. We have one game left here, and we have the longest (All-Star) break in the NHL. So we certainly have nothing to save it for, and I expect us to be on top of our game.’’

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