Game 27 Preview: San Jose at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Projected Starting Goaltender, Los Angeles – Jonathan Bernier
Season: 8 GP (6 GS) / 5-2-0 record / 1.93 GAA / .917 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs San Jose: 3 (1) / 0-2-0 / 4.33 / .866 / 0
Last Game vs San Jose: 3/14/13 / 30 MP / 13-14 shots / 3-4 L
2012-13, Home: 4 (4) / 3-0-0 / 1.79 / .918 / 0

Projected Starting Goaltender, San Jose – Antti Niemi
Season: 22 (22) / 11-5-5 / 2.06 / .929 / 1
Career vs Los Angeles: 15 (15) / 9-3-2 / 2.21 / .928 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/14/13 / 60 MP / 34-37 shots / 4-3 W
2012-13, Away: 10 (10) / 4-4-2 / 2.27 / .926 / 0

Leading Scorers, Los Angeles
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (8-16=24)
Goals: Jeff Carter (17-2=19)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (8-16=24)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+11; 3-14=17)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (48*; 0-2=2)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Leading Scorers, San Jose
Total Points: Joe Thornton (5-21=26)
Goals: Patrick Marleau (13-8=21)
Assists: Joe Thornton (5-21=26)
Plus/Minus: Logan Couture (+5; 12-9=21)
Penalty Minutes: Ryane Clowe (72; 0-8=8)

A stick tap goes to: Logan Couture. The 2007 NHL Draft wasn’t exactly flush with riches, as only three players of the 211 selected have developed into NHL All-Stars: Patrick Kane (1st overall), Jamie Benn (129th overall) and Couture, whom San Jose chose with the ninth overall pick. The Sharks left wing who turns 24 later this month has 80 goals in 210 career NHL games and has infused the roster with the skilled youth necessary to maintain its annual competitiveness either atop or near the top of the Pacific Division. He has five points (4-1=5) in the last four games.

A fist shake goes to: The Teal Revolution. All the aquamarine-infused jerseys that became so popular during the 1990’s? They’re ugly, and they’re stale carbon copies of one of the more unique team logos in sports history.

Why the Kings need to win this game: After dropping a pair of road games earlier this week, the Kings would serve themselves well to open a five-game home stand with a win. A three-game losing streak would be troublesome in a 48-game season. Both teams have accumulated 30 points in 26 games and are likely to be in close proximity over the season’s final month.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-10 / 2.88; SJS – 29 / 2.23
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 13 / 2.62; SJS – t-4 / 2.35
Power Play: LAK – 11 / 19.8%; SJS – 12 / 18.3%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-17 / 80.2%; SJS – 3 / 86.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-14 / 29.0; SJS – t-5 / 30.9
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 24.4; SJS – t-19 / 29.8
Faceoffs: LAK – 9 / 51.2%; SJS – 2 / 53.5%
Save Percentage: LAK – 25 / .893; SJS – 4 / .921

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

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

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

Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Quick

Notes: 20-year old Tyler Toffoli, who was second in the AHL with 28 goals at the time of his call-up, is poised to make his NHL debut. Dustin Penner is likely to slot alongside Kyle Clifford and Colin Fraser, though he’ll probably see some shifts with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis as well. The Kings have won eight of their last nine home games. Los Angeles has played in 20 consecutive games without heading to overtime, the longest non-OT stretch since finishing 22 consecutive games in regulation time between January 27 and March 14, 2003. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – San Jose

Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Ryane Clowe – Patrick Marleau – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – Michael Handzus – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray – Brad Stuart
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Notes: Martin Havlat (lower-body) has resumed skating according to Kevin Kurz of, though he is doubtful for tonight’s game. San Jose is 11-4-3 in its last 18 games versus Los Angeles. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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.