Game 16 Preview: Buffalo at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (9-6-0) vs Buffalo Sabres (3-13-1)
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. PT
Referees: #37 Kyle Rehman, #5 Chris Rooney
Linesmen: #93 Brian Murphy, #91 Don Henderson
FOX Sports West, KTLK 1150 AM
Kings Weekly to follow tonight’s game

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2013-14 Season: 13 GP (13 GS) / 8-5-0 record / 2.68 GAA / .896 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs Buffalo: 3 (2) / 2-0-0 / 2.54 / .889 / 0
Last Game vs Buffalo: 1/21/10 / 65 MP / 26-29 shots + 2/3 / 4-3 SOW
2013-14, Home: 8 (8) / 5-3-0 / 2.84 / .879 / 0

Buffalo Projected Starting Goaltender – Jhonas Enroth
2013-14 Season: 5 GP (5 GS) / 1-3-1 record / 2.99 GAA / .907 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: First appearance
Last Game vs Los Angeles: First appearance
2013-14, Away: 2 (2) / 1-1-0 / 2.00 / .949 / 0

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (3-12=15)
Goals: Justin Williams (5-6=11), Jeff Carter (5-4=9)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (3-12=15)
Plus/Minus: Matt Greene (+5; 2-1=3)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (32; 1-0=1)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:43; 4-3=7)

2013-14 Buffalo Leaders
Total Points: Matt Moulson (8-7=15)*
Goals: Matt Moulson (8-7=15)**
Assists: Cody Hodgson (5-8=13)
Plus/Minus: Matt Moulson (+1; 8-7=15)***
Penalty Minutes: Cody McCormick (32; 1-2=3)
Time On Ice: Christian Ehrhoff (24:35; 0-4=4)
*Includes Matt Moulson’s New York Islanders stats. Cody Hodgson’s 13 points are the most points recorded by a player while in a Buffalo jersey.
**Includes Matt Moulson’s New York Islanders stats. Cody Hodgson’s five goals are the most goals scored by a player while in a Buffalo jersey.
*** Includes Matt Moulson’s New York Islanders stats. Zemgus Girgensons’ even rating and Alexander Sulzer’s even rating are the highest ratings by players while in a Buffalo jersey.

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 18 / 2.60; BUF – 29 / 1.71
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 14 / 2.67; BUF – 26 / 3.12
Power Play: LAK – t-8 / 21.0%; BUF – 23 / 13.7%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 21 / 79.4%; BUF – 12 / 84.2%
Shots/Game: LAK – 4 / 32.9; BUF – 29 / 25.5
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 5 / 26.2; BUF – 28 / 36.4
Faceoffs: LAK – 2 / 55.8%; BUF – 28 / 44.8%
Save Percentage: LAK – 25 / .898; BUF – 11 / .914

Buffalo Sabres v Florida Panthers

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli
Daniel Carcillo – Trevor Lewis – Matt Frattin
Kyle Clifford – Linden Vey – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick
Ben Scrivens

Level of confidence in projected lines: A. Colin Fraser may dress for warm-ups, but because he stayed on the ice for extra work following today’s morning skate, it’s likely that he’ll be out of the lineup and Linden Vey will make his NHL debut. Jarret Stoll remains day-to-day but skated alone following today’s morning skate. Matt Greene is out. Jeff Carter is on injured reserve.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 40-55-18 all-time against the Sabres, which includes a record of 24-24-9 at home. Though Los Angeles is 1-9-0 in the last 10 road games against Buffalo, they are 7-2-1 in the last 10 home games. The Kings are 2-6-0 in the last eight overall meetings against the Sabres. Because the teams’ meeting in Berlin, Germany on October 8, 2011 was designated as a Kings home game, Buffalo has not visited STAPLES Center since January 21, 2010. … The Kings have won more faceoffs than their opponent in each of the last seven games and are 266-for-463 (57.5%) over that span. Overall, the team ranks second in the league with a 55.8% success rate. … Since killing off 14 consecutive power plays, the Kings’ penalty kill has allowed at least one goal in each of its last six games, going 17-for-26 (65.4%) over that span. … The Kings have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 11 of 15 games this season and have out-shot their opponents in 13 of 15 games. … Anze Kopitar has 10 points (3-7=10) in the last seven games. … Justin Williams has nine points (3-6=9) in the last seven games. … Mike Richards has six points (3-3=6) in the last six games. … Drew Doughty (3-3=6) has six points in the last seven games. … Dustin Brown (184 career goals) is two goals behind Jim Fox (186 career goals) for ninth place overall in the team’s all-time goal scoring standings. … Jonathan Quick is expected to play in his 300th career game tonight. Quick made his NHL debut against Buffalo on December 7, 2007 and stopped 15-of-17 shots in an 8-2 Los Angeles win. Tom Preissing had two goals as part of a three-point night. … Robyn Regehr played for the Sabres from 2011-13, tallying seven points (1-6=7) and 77 penalty minutes in 105 games. … The Kings have sold out 76 consecutive regular season and playoff games, a club record.

Buffalo Projected Lines

Matt Moulson – Cody Hodgson – Tyler Ennis
Steve Ott – Marcus Foligno – Corey Tropp
Zemgus Girgensons – Johan Larsson – Brian Flynn
Ville Leino – Cody McCormick – Drew Stafford

Christian Ehrhoff – Mark Pysyk
Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers
Jamie McBain – Rasmus Ristolainen.

Jhonas Enroth
Ryan Miller

Notes and milestones: Lines via John Vogl of the Buffalo News. … Buffalo has not faced Los Angeles in a regular season game since October 8, 2011. The Sabres and Kings have not met twice in one season since 2003-04. The teams will also meet at the First Niagara Center on Tuesday night. … Matt Moulson has 14 points (7-7=14) in his last 10 games. Entering tonight’s games, Moulson ranks ninth among active NHL players with 120 goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. He recorded 10 points (6-4=10) in 29 games with Los Angeles from 2007-09. … Drew Stafford has five points (3-2=5) in four career games against the Kings. … The Sabres are 1-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season. They’ll play in Anaheim on Friday night. … Buffalo is the first NHL team since 1995-96 to dress four teenagers over the course of the season (Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov). In 1995-96 Buffalo and Florida dressed four teenagers, while Winnipeg dressed six. … Drew Stafford played with Matt Greene at the University of North Dakota for two seasons. … Drew Doughty (2 / LA), Cody Hodgson (10 / VAN), Tyler Myers (12 / BUF) and Tyler Ennis (26 / BUF) were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. … Coach Ron Rolston coached Willie Mitchell at Clarkson University from 1997-99. … Rasmus Ristalainen was a teammate of Alec Martinez’s with TPS Turku of Finland’s SM-liiga during the 2012-13 NHL lockout.

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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.