Los Angeles Kings (24-14-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (21-16-7)
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: #26 Rob Martell, #28 Chris Lee
Linesmen: #86 Brad Lazarowich, #91 Don Henderson

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 33 GP (32 GS) / 15-12-4 record / 2.48 GAA / .900 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Columbus: 14 (14) / 9-5-0 / 2.07 / .913 / 2
Last Game vs Columbus: 2/5/13 / 60 MP / 18-20 shots / 4-2 W
2012-13, Home: 15 (14) / 10-4-1 / 1.75 / .917 / 1

Columbus Projected Starting Goaltender – Sergei Bobrovsky
Season: 34 (33) / 18-10-6 / 2.03 / .931 / 4
Career vs Los Angeles: 2 (2) / 0-2-0 / 1.53 / .936 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 2/15/13 / 59 MP / 20-22 shots / 1-2 L
2012-13, Away: 15 (15) / 7-7-1 / 2.48 / .913 / 1

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-28=38)
Goals: Jeff Carter (24-5=29)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-28=38)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+14; 10-20=30)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (52*; 0-3=3)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Columbus Leaders
Total Points: Vinny Prospal (11-16=27)
Goals: Marian Gaborik (12-14=26)*
Assists: Vinny Prospal (11-16=27); Fedor Tyutin (4-16=20)
Plus/Minus: Dalton Prout (+14, 0-4=4)
Penalty Minutes: Jared Boll (95; 2-4=6)
*nine of Gaborik’s goals game as a member of the New York Rangers.

A stick tap goes to: Columbus Head Coach Todd Richards. Richards took over as the interim coach after Scott Arniel was fired last year, and the decision to remove the “interim” tag was clearly the correct one. A crafty, hard-working Blue Jackets team appears to be buying in with five consecutive wins to take over sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. Don’t forget that this is a team that played its best hockey down the stretch last season as well, winning five of its final six games. Since March 1, 2012, Columbus is 32-24-7.

A fist shake goes to: Columbus’ power play. The Blue Jackets’ man advantage ranks 30th in the NHL at 12.4%. Worse yet, their power play on the road operates at 8.2%. They’ve scored only five power play goals away from Nationwide Arena this year.

Why the Kings need to win this game: If a first round series against San Jose is in the cards, it would best serve Los Angeles to have home ice advantage. Minnesota (two points back) and St. Louis (three points back; one game in hand) are also on the Kings’ heels and benefit from more favorable schedules.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 9 / 2.79; CBJ – 25 / 2.36
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 7 / 2.40; CBJ – 9 / 2.46
Power Play: LAK – 9 / 20.3%; CBJ – 30 / 12.4%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 12 / 82.7%; CBJ – 9 / 83.9%
Shots/Game: LAK – 10 / 30.3; CBJ – 29 / 26.3
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 24.7; CBJ – 19 / 30.1
Faceoffs: LAK – 5 / 51.7%; CBJ – 6 / 51.6%
Save Percentage: LAK – 18 / .903; CBJ – 7 / .919

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 – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Notes: Matt Greene returns to the lineup after missing 42 games due to a back injury that required surgery. The Kings have killed off 10 consecutive power plays over the last four games and are 42-for-47 on the penalty kill (89.4%) over the last 16 games. The Kings are 31-for-130 on the power play (23.8%) over the last 39 games. The Kings have averaged 33.8 shots per game over the last 12 games (406 shots / 12 games). As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – Columbus

Vinny Prospal – Mark Letestu – Marian Gaborik
R.J. Umberger – Ryan Johansen – Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Blake Comeau – Derek Mackenzie – Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin – Jack Johnson
James Wisniewski – Tim Erixon
Dalton Prout – David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky
Michael Leighton

Notes: Sergei Bobrovsky carries a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game. He has stopped 155-of-163 shots over the streak, good for a .951 Sv%. His .931 overall Sv% ranks second in the NHL. The Blue Jackets are 4-6-0 on the second night of back-to-back sets. Dalton Prout and Jake Muzzin are tied for the best plus/minus rating amongst rookie defensemen with a plus-14. 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

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.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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