April 26, 2013 9:05 am

Even-strength scoring looking for a boost

The Los Angeles Kings have been outscored 22-16 at even strength this month, which does not include Drew Doughty’s empty net goal against Edmonton on April 6. Only six Kings have scored an even strength goal in April. In a game-by-game breakdown, opposing goaltenders’ performances have for the most part been very good over the past month.

The results:

April 2
Result: Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Scoring: Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Goal: Justin Williams
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Jason LaBarbera 34/35

April 4
Result: Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 0
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 0
Even Strength Goals: Justin Williams (2), Jeff Carter
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper 9/12

April 6
Result: Los Angeles 4, Edmonton 1
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 1, Edmonton 0*
Even Strength Goal: Mike Richards
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Devan Dubnyk 30/31*
*Drew Doughty scored an empty-net goal for Los Angeles that isn’t included in this table.

April 7
Result: Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO)
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 2
Even Strength Goals: Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Viktor Fasth 32/34

April 9
Result: Dallas 5, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Scoring: Dallas 5, Los Angeles 0
Even Strength Goals: None
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Kari Lehtonen, Richard Bachman 20/20

April 11
Result: Los Angeles 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
Even Strength Scoring: Colorado 2, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Goal: Mike Richards
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Sami Aittokallio, Jean-Sebastien Giguere 27/28

April 13
Result: Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 1
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 1, Anaheim 0*
Even Strength Goal: Drew Doughty
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Viktor Fasth, 16/17
*Ryan Getzlaf scored shorthanded for Anaheim.

April 16
Result: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)
Even Strength Scoring: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Goal: Dustin Brown
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Antti Niemi 35/36

April 18
Result: Los Angeles 2, Columbus 1
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 1, Columbus 1
Even Strength Goal: Kyle Clifford
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Sergei Bobrovsky 18/19

April 21
Result: Los Angeles 4, Dallas 3 (OT)
Even Strength Scoring: Los Angeles 3, Dallas 3
Even Strength Goals: Mike Richards, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Kari Lehtonen 20/23

April 23
Result: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Scoring: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Goal: Jeff Carter
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Niklas Backstrom 22/23

April 24
Result: Detroit 3, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Scoring: Detroit 2, Los Angeles 1
Even Strength Goal: Kyle Clifford
Opposing Goaltending, Even Strength: Jimmy Howard, 22/23

Notes:
-Opposing goaltenders have combined for 285 saves on 301 shots at even strength this month, which calculates to a .947 save percentage.
-The Kings are 9-for-42 on the power play (21.4%) in April and had an eight-game power play goal streak from April 6-21.
-Only six Kings have scored an even-strength goal in April: Jeff Carter (4), Justin Williams (3), Mike Richards (3), Dustin Brown (3), Kyle Clifford (2) and Drew Doughty (1).
-Anze Kopitar, the team’s leading scorer, hasn’t scored a goal in any situation since the 5-4 win at Chicago on March 25.

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