Los Angeles Kings (25-11-4) at Dallas Stars (19-12-7)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m. CT
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Referees: #32 Tom Kowal, #37 Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: #75 Derek Arnell, #90 Andy McElman
FOX Sports West, KTLK 1150 AM

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones
2013-14 Season: 10 GP (10 GS) / 8-2-0 record / 1.28 GAA / .955 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Dallas: 1 (1) / 0-1-0 / 4.05 / .826 / 0
Last Game vs Dallas: 12/23/13 / 59 MP / 19-23 shots / 2-5 L
2013-14, Away: 5 (5) / 4-1-0 / 1.19 / .964 / 1

Dallas Projected Starting Goaltender – Kari Lehtonen
2013-14 Season: 30 GP (30 GS) / 15-8-7 record / 2.48 GAA / .921 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 18 (18) / 9-7-1 / 2.58 / .913 / 1
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 12/23/13 / 60 MP / 30-32 shots / 5-2 W
2013-14, Home: 13 (13) / 4-4-5 / 2.19 / .926 / 0

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (12-21=33)
Goals: Justin Williams (13-12=25)
Assists: Mike Richards (6-21=27)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+21; 12-21=33)
Penalty Minutes: Daniel Carcillo (57; 1-1=2)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:41; 6-15=21)

2013-14 Dallas Leaders
Total Points: Tyler Seguin (19-18=37)
Goals: Tyler Seguin (19-18=37)
Assists: Jamie Benn (13-21=34)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Seguin (+12; 19-18=37)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (94; 8-7=15)
Time On Ice: Alex Goligoski (23:36; 2-11=13)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 18 / 2.55; DAL – 8 / 2.87
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 1.95; DAL – 19 / 2.82
Power Play: LAK – 21 / 15.8%; DAL – 29 / 11.7%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 6 / 85.3%; DAL – t-18 / 81.2%
Shots/Game: LAK – 10 / 31.0; DAL – t-6 / 31.8
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-5 / 27.4; DAL – 25 / 32.4
Faceoffs: LAK – 2 / 53.8%; DAL – t-10 / 51.4%
Save Percentage: LAK – 2 / .929; DAL – t-12 / .913

Glenn James / National Hockey League

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Mike Richards – Justin Williams
Trevor Lewis – Jarret Stoll – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene

Martin Jones
Ben Scrivens

Level of confidence in projected lines: C+. There was no morning skate today, so the projection above is an educated assessment. Expect Martin Jones to start for the second consecutive night after a terrific performance in Chicago. The other time he started both games of a back-to-back set, he stopped 69-of-70 shots while beating Montreal and Toronto on December 10 and 11. After three-and-a-half American Hockey League seasons, he’s certainly capable of weathering two consecutive starts with travel in between. There was some mixing and matching defensively yesterday, and the above pairings represent the most frequent tandems.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 83-98-40 all-time against the Stars, which includes a record of 33-59-18 in Dallas. After the teams split a pair of 5-2 decisions at STAPLES Center in the first half, tonight’s game will conclude the regular season series. … The Kings are 11-2-2 in their last 15 visits to the American Airlines Center, dating back to March 22, 2008. … The Kings are 5-6-1 against the Central Division and 20-5-3 against all other teams. … The Kings have lost three consecutive games in regulation for the first time since losing five straight in regulation from December 3-13, 2011. … The last game in which Los Angeles earned more power plays than their opponent was on December 7, a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders. … Martin Jones has allowed zero or one goals in six of his 10 starts. … In 19 career games against Dallas, Mike Richards has 19 points (4-15=19) and a plus-5 rating. … In 45 career games against Dallas, Anze Kopitar has 43 points (12-31=43) and a minus-5 rating. … Jeff Carter has 10 points (5-5=10) in his last nine games. … Justin Williams has five points (3-2=5) in two games against Dallas this season.

Glenn James / National Hockey League

Dallas Projected Lines

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Rich Peverley – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Ray Whitney

Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Cameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Notes and milestones: Ray Whitney was ill and did not participate in today’s morning skate. He is a game-time decision. Should he be unable to play, Dustin Jeffrey would take his place in the lineup. … Dallas is without injred defensemen Trevor Daley (ankle), Sergei Gonchar (concussion symptoms) and Stephane Robidas (leg). The only defenseman to have played in all 38 games this season is Brenden Dillon. … The Stars have points in six consecutive games, going 4-0-2. … The Stars’ power play ranks 30th in the league at home, having converted on three of 63 opportunities (4.8%). … Rich Peverley is 3-for-4 in shootouts this season. All other Dallas skaters combined are 3-for-27. … 16 of Tyler Seguin’s 19 goals have come at even strength. … Jamie Benn has five points (1-4=5) in two games against Los Angeles this season. … Jamie Benn (4-2=6) and Erik Cole (3-3=6) have six points in the last six games. … The Stars are 17-12-3 all-time on New Year’s Eve and 9-4-2 since moving to Dallas. … Erik Cole played NCAA hockey at Clarkson University with Willie Mitchell.

Glenn James / National Hockey League

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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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