Game 40 Preview: Los Angeles at Dallas - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (22-13-4) at Dallas Stars (18-17-3)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:30 pm
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Referees: #21 Don VanMassenhoven, #38 Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: #84 Tony Sericolo, #66 Darren Gibbs

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 29 GP (28 GS) / 13-11-3 record / 2.49 GAA / .898 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Dallas: 20 (19) / 13-5-2 / 2.24 / .920 / 2
Last Game vs Dallas: 3/21/13 / 59 MP / 19-21 shots / 0-2 L
2012-13, Away: 16 (16) / 5-7-2 / 3.08 / .888 / 0

Dallas Projected Starting Goaltender – Kari Lehtonen
Season: 30 (29) / 14-11-2 / 2.66 / .916 / 1
Career vs Los Angeles: 15 (15) / 8-7-0 / 2.51 / .915 / 1
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/13/13 / 59 MP / 37-40 / 2-3 L
2012-13, Home: 16 (15) / 6-6-2 / 3.07 / .904 / 0

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-25=35)
Goals: Jeff Carter (23-5=28)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-25=35)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+19; 10-19=29)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (50*; 0-3=3)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty Minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Dallas Leaders
Total Points: Jamie Benn (8-19=27)
Goals: Loui Eriksson (10*-14=24)
Assists: Alex Goligoski (1-20=21)
Plus/Minus: Alex Goligoski (+4**; 1-20=21)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (78; 5-6=11)
*Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 14 goals but was traded to the Boston Bruins on April 2.
**Michael Ryder is tied for the team lead with a plus-4 rating but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on February 26.

A stick tap goes to: Alex Chiasson. Through recent trades, Dallas has kick started a late-season youth movement. With Jaromir Jagr’s trade to Boston, the role of first line right wing has been inherited by the 22-year-old Chiasson, who has three goals in his first three NHL games. Having played against Minnesota Wild forward and fellow Boston University Terrier Charlie Coyle twice recently, the Kings should expect a similar package in the 6-foot-3 Chiasson, who has size, skates hard to the net, and has finishing ability.

A fist shake goes to: The challenged schedule-maker. There will be a wonky schedule for the lone Central Time Zone team in the Pacific Division during this compacted schedule, but Dallas will finish an 11-game stretch tonight in which they’ve played only five teams: Los Angeles (three times), Anaheim (three times), Minnesota (twice), Colorado (twice) and San Jose (once). The Stars played three straight games against the Ducks last week in addition to two consecutive home games against Minnesota the week prior.

Why the Kings need to win this game: San Jose is one point behind Los Angeles with a game in hand. That’s a potential first round match up, and considering the Kings’ 8-17-5 record in their last 30 trips to the Shark Tank, they need to take advantage of available points against teams on the wrong side of the playoff bubble.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 8 / 2.90; DAL – t-13 / 2.68
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 8 / 2.38; DAL – t-25 / 3.05
Power Play: LAK – 10 / 20.0%; DAL – 17 / 17.5%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 17 / 81.4%; DAL – 15 / 81.9%
Shots/Game: LAK – 10 / 30.1; DAL – 28 / 26.9
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 24.4; DAL – 22 / 30.9
Faceoffs: LAK – 7 / 51.4%; DAL – 25 / 47.8%
Save Percentage: LAK – 19 / .902; DAL – 21 / .901

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

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

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Notes: Both Jake Muzzin and Robyn Regehr are likely to see time with Drew Doughty, depending on the game situation. The Kings are 10-1-2 in their last 13 visits to the American Airlines Center. Justin Williams has points in seven straight games (6-2=8). The Kings’ last power play goal against Dallas was scored on February 12, 2012 by Andrei Loktionov. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – Dallas

Ray Whitney – Jamie Benn – Alex Chiasson
Matt Fraser – Cody Eakin – Loui Eriksson
Eric Nystrom – Vern Fiddler – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Tom Wandell – Cody Garbutt

Trevor Daley – Stephane Robidas
Brenden Dillon – Alex Goligoski
Aaron Rome – Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Notes: Lines courtesy of Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika. Alex Chiasson will appear in his first career home game. Kari Lehtonen will make his 19th straight start. The average age of Dallas’ roster has dropped from 29.1 on opening night to 27.6 today. The Stars have used 10 rookies in their lineup this season, the second-most in the league behind Ottawa’s 13 rookies. As always, line projections 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.