April 18 postgame notes
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-Los Angeles swept the season series with Columbus for the first time in the series’ history, outscoring the Blue Jackets 8-4 over three games. The Kings have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the teams since October 25, 2009.
-The Kings are now 22-9-3 in their last 34 games.
-The Kings have won five straight at home and are 17-4-1 overall at STAPLES Center (best 22-game home record in club history).
-The Kings’ 25-14-5 record is tied for the fourth-best 44-game record in club history.
-The Kings have killed 12 straight penalties, dating back to April 9 at Dallas. They are 44-for-49 (89.8%) on the penalty kill over the last 17 games.
-The Kings are 32-for-132 on the power play (24.2%) over the last 40 games after opening the season 0-for-23 on the power play.
-The Kings are now 19-2-2 when scoring first.
-Columbus out-hit Los Angeles, 50-38. Brandon Dubinsky was credited with a game-high seven hits. Jarret Stoll’s six hits led the Kings.
-The Kings recorded seven blocked shots, led by Rob Scuderi’s four blocks and Slava Voynov’s three blocks.
-Anze Kopitar recorded his 300th career assist on Drew Doughty’s first period goal.
-Matt Greene logged 16:15 in his first game since January 19. He took one penalty, was credited with five hits and recorded a minus-one rating.
The Kings have an off-day on Friday, April 19. They will return to Toyota Sports Center for practice on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 am.