Game 45 Preview: Dallas at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (25-14-5) vs Dallas Stars (22-19-3)
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 6:00 pm
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: #2 Mike Hasenfratz, #3 Mike Leggo
Linesmen: #57 Jay Sharrers, #88 Mike Cvik

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 34 GP (33 GS) / 16-12-4 record / 2.43 GAA / .901 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Dallas: 21 (20) / 13-6-2 / 2.38 / .915 / 2
Last Game vs Dallas: 4/9/13 / 60 MP / 26-31 shots / 1-5 L
2012-13, Home: 16 (15) / 11-4-1 / 1.71 / .919 / 1

Dallas Projected Starting Goaltender – Kari Lehtonen
Season: 33 (32) / 15-12-2 / 2.59 / .918 / 1
Career vs Los Angeles: 16 (16) / 8-7-0 / 2.53 / .914 / 1
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 4/9/13 / 14 MP / 7-8 shots / 5-1 W (ND)
2012-13, Away: 15 (15) / 8-6-0 / 2.19 / .928 / 1

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-29=39)
Goals: Jeff Carter (24-5=29)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-29=39)
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.

Dallas Leaders
Total Points: Jamie Benn (11-20=31)
Goals: Jamie Benn (11*-20-31); Ray Whitney (11*-15=26)
Assists: Alex Goligoski (2-22=24)
Plus/Minus: Alex Goligoski (+6; 2-22=24)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (85; 6-7=13)
* Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 14 goals but was traded to the Boston Bruins on April 2.

A stick tap goes to: Be The Match. Please consider having your cheek swabbed to join the Be The Match registry at today’s Kings-Stars game, as you could be saving somebody’s life. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Tannerhead Nation and Be The Match will be hosting a booth on the main concourse.

A fist shake goes to: Third periods. Los Angeles has been tied after two periods in all four games against Dallas this season before being outscored 10-2 in the third period. In the most recent Kings-Stars game, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were on the ice for all four Dallas goals in a 5-1 loss at the American Airlines Center on April 9. Against teams other than the Kings, the Stars have been outscored 39-36 in third periods this season.

Why the Kings need to win this game: The Kings want to be playing their best hockey as they enter the playoffs. Earning home ice advantage for the first time since 1992 would be a major bonus; Los Angeles has opened its last 15 series on the road.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-8 / 2.77; DAL – t-8 / 2.77
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 7 / 2.36; DAL –22 / 2.91
Power Play: LAK – 8 / 20.6%; DAL – 18 / 17.1%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 11 / 82.9%; DAL – 14 / 81.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – 10 / 30.1; DAL – 28 / 26.3
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 24.7; DAL – 22 / 30.7
Faceoffs: LAK – 5 / 51.6%; DAL – 25 / 47.6%
Save Percentage: LAK – 18 / .904; DAL – 17 / .905

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: The Kings can finish no lower than seventh place if they take at least one point from tonight’s game. A Los Angeles regulation win, coupled with a Minnesota regulation loss at home to Calgary would clinch at least sixth place for the Kings. Los Angeles has killed off 12 consecutive penalties over the last five games and is 44-for-49 on the penalty kill (89.8%) over the last 17 games. The Kings are 32-for-132 on the power play (24.2%) over the last 40 games. The Kings have averaged 33 shots per game over the last 13 games (429 shots / 13 games). As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – Dallas

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

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

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Notes: Trevor Daley has missed Friday’s game in St. Louis with an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision tonight. Should he be unable to play, Aaron Rome would skate with Stephane Robidas and Jordie Benn would slot in alongside Philip Larsen. Alex Chiasson is out with a shoulder injury. Lane McDermid could skate in place of Matt Fraser. Dallas’ road penalty kill percentage ranks third in the NHL (87.0%), while their home penalty kill ranks 29th (76.7%). The Stars have killed nine-of-10 penalties against the Kings this season. Dallas’ 103 wins against Los Angeles is the most versus any NHL franchise. They have 102 all-time wins over Detroit. The Stars have won four straight games at Staples Center and have points in 18 of the last 22 games in Los Angeles (12-4-6). 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.