Game 41 Preview: Colorado at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (22-14-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (13-22-5)
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:30 pm
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: #37 Kyle Rehman, #25 Marc Joannette
Linesmen: #82 Ryan Galloway, #65 Pierre Racicot

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 30 GP (29 GS) / 13-12-3 record / 2.58 GAA / .895 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Colorado: 14 (14) / 8-4-1 / 2.59 / .899 / 2
Last Game vs Colorado: 2/23/13 / 60 MP / 23-24 shots / 4-1 W
2012-13, Home: 13 (12) / 8-4-1 / 1.81 / .913 / 1

Colorado Projected Starting Goaltender – Sami Aittokallio
Season, AHL-Lake Erie: 26 (26) / 14-11-1 / 2.89 / .903 / 1
-Aittokallio is making his NHL debut.

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-26=36)
Goals: Jeff Carter (23-5=28)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-26=36)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+16; 10-19=29)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (52*; 0-3=3)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty Minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Colorado Leaders
Total Points: P.A. Parenteau (15-24=39)
Goals: Matt Duchene (16-22=38)
Assists: P.A. Parenteau (15-24=39)
Plus/Minus: John Mitchell (+8; 10-8=18)
Penalty Minutes: Cody McLeod (77; 3-4=7)

A stick tap goes to: Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Colorado is 1-0 since Giguere’s well-repeated “Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the remaining games” comment made its rounds earlier in the week. When Giguere – a Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup winner – speaks, a young team listens.

A fist shake goes to: Colorado’s road performance. The Avs are 3-15-3 away from the rarefied air of the Pepsi Center. Their only regulation road win over a current playoff team was last night’s 4-1 victory in Anaheim, which snapped a 14-game road winless streak.

Why the Kings need to win this game: The Kings, a likely playoff team, would be well-served as a four or five seed rather than dropping to a spot in which a potential first round matchup with Vancouver, Anaheim or Chicago would beckon. With games against Anaheim and San Jose approaching, Los Angeles would be well-served by beating the 30th-ranked NHL team that isn’t exactly at the franchise’s apex.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-8 / 2.85; COL – 28 / 2.32
Goals Against/Game: LAK – t-9 / 2.45; COL – 27 / 3.10
Power Play: LAK – 10 / 20.0%; COL – 25 / 14.4%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 16 / 81.9%; COL – 20 / 80.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-10 / 30.1; COL – 13 / 29.7
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 24.5; COL – 23 / 31.4
Faceoffs: LAK – 8 / 51.4%; COL – 10 / 51.2%
Save Percentage: LAK – 23 / .900; COL – 22 / .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. Los Angeles is 1-4-1 in the last six games against Colorado. Jonathan Quick (144 W) is one win behind Kelly Hrudey (145 W) for the second-most wins in team history. Rogie Vachon is the franchise’s all-time wins leader with 171. Drew Doughty has goals in three straight games (a career high) and points in four straight games (3-1=4); his career-high point streak is five games. Anze Kopitar has a four-game assists and points streak (0-4=4). The Kings are one of four teams to not have allowed a shorthanded goal. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – Colorado

Jamie McGinn – Matt Duchene – P.A. Parenteau
Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – David Jones
Cody McLeod – Ryan O’Reilly – John Mitchell
Patrick Bordeleau – Mark Olver – David Van Der Gulik

Erik Johnson – Matt Hunwick
Greg Zanon – Tyson Barrie
Jan Hejda – Stefan Elliott

Sami Aittokallio
Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Notes: Sami Aittokallio will make his NHL debut tonight after being called up from AHL-Lake Erie on Tuesday. The Finnish-born 20-year-old selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft is the second-youngest goaltender in franchise history; Mark Denis debuted as a 19-year-old in 1996. Milan Hejduk may return at LW tonight. Colorado has been outscored 44-22 in the first period this season. 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.