Game 21 Preview: St. Louis at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Projected Starting Goaltender, Los Angeles – Jonathan Bernier
Season: 6 GP (5 GS) / 5-1-0 record / 1.51 GAA / .933 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs St. Louis: 3 (3) / 2-1-0 / 2.34 / .910 / 0
Last Game vs St. Louis: 2/11/13 / 60 MP / 21/22 shots / 4-1 W
2012-13, Home: 3 (3) / 3-0-0 / 1.00 / .954 / 0

Projected Starting Goaltender, St. Louis – Jaroslav Halak
Season: 9 (9) / 5-1-1 / 1.90 / .901 / 2
Career vs Los Angeles: 8 (8) / 6-2-0 / 1.70 / .935 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 2/3/12 / 60 MP / 22/22 shots / 1-0 W
2012-13, Away: 4 (4) / 1-0-1 / 3.11 / .862 / 0

Leading Scorers, Los Angeles
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (6-12=18)
Goals: Jeff Carter (14-2=16)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (6-12=18)
Plus/Minus: Slava Voynov (+10; 3-9=12)
Penalty Minutes: Jordan Nolan (31; 2-2=4)

Leading Scorers, St. Louis
Total Points: Kevin Shattenkirk (2-15=17)
Goals: Patrik Berglund (9-2=11)
Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk (2-15=17)
Plus/Minus: Barret Jackman (+4; 2-2=4)
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Reaves (51; 0-1=1)

A stick tap goes to: Kevin Shattenkirk. The defenseman has remained steady during St. Louis’ recent inconsistencies and an eight-game scoreless stretch by Alex Pietrangelo. The Connecticut native and former high school prep hockey opponent of Jonathan Quick is tied for second in the league in defensive scoring (2-15=17) and should be an anchor of the U.S. Olympic team’s push for a medal at next year’s Winter Olympics.

A fist shake goes to: St. Louis goaltending. How could this be, one year after the Blues’ duo of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott backstopped a defense that allowed 1.89 goals per game? St. Louis ranks last in the league with a .875 save percentage, though Halak’s groin injury has been a factor in the team’s inconsistencies between the pipes.

Why the Kings need to win this game: The Blues have underachieved for the last month but should rebound as the goaltending solidifies. Make no mistake, St. Louis is a playoff team, and one that Los Angeles will be in a dogfight with over the remainder of the truncated schedule. Also: six teams are tied with 24 points. Should the Blues, Sharks, Wild and Red Wings all win tonight, the Kings would be out of the top eight.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 18 / 2.65; STL – 14 / 2.76
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 6 / 2.35; STL – t-18 / 2.86
Power Play: LAK – t-14 / 17.7%; STL – 2 / 29.0%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-13 / 82.7%; STL – 19 / 79.4%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-16 / 28.8; STL – 20 / 28.3
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 25.0; STL – 1 / 22.9
Faceoffs: LAK – 7 / 51.8%; STL – 21 / 49.4%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-15 / .906; STL – 30 / .875

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner – Jarret Stoll – Dwight King
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Keaton Ellerby – Alec Martinez

Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Quick

Notes: Jonathan Bernier did not take the ice during the morning skate, while Jonathan Quick stayed on for extra work with tonight’s projected scratches, Davis Drewiske and Brad Richardson. Including the playoffs, the Kings have won six consecutive games against the Blues. As always, projected lines are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – St. Louis

Jaden Schwartz – David Backes – T.J. Oshie
David Perron – Patrik Berglund – Chris Stewart
Chris Porter – Vladimir Sobotka – Matt D’Agostini
Adam Cracknell – Scott Nichol – Ryan Reaves

Barret Jackman – Alex Pietrangelo
Ian Cole – Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell – Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott

Notes: Via Curtis Zupke. Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen, Andy McDonald and Jamie Langenbrunner are out of the lineup due to injury. The Blues are 0-1-0 thus far in their five-game Pacific Division swing after having lost 4-1 to Dallas on Sunday. They’ll play in Phoenix on Thursday, San Jose on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday. Including games against Anaheim, St. Louis hasn’t won in Southern California since March 17, 2011, when they beat Los Angeles 4-0 at Staples Center. As always, projected lines are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.