Game 59 Preview: Columbus at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (30-22-6) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (29-23-4)
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. PT
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #9 Dan O’Rourke, #22 Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: #57 Jay Sharrers, #95 Jonny Murray
Fox Sports West, NHL Network, KEIB 1150 AM
Kings Weekly to follow tonight’s game

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2013-14 Season: 31 GP (31 GS) / 15-13-2 record / 2.22 GAA / .909 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Columbus: 15 (15) / 10-5-0 / 2.00 / .915 / 2
Last Game vs Columbus: 4/18/13 / 60 MP / 20-21 shots / 2-1 W
2013-14, Home: 19 (19) / 10-8-1 / 2.34 / .899 / 2

Columbus Projected Starting Goaltender – Sergei Bobrovsky
2013-14 Season: 35 GP (35 GS) / 20-13-2 record / 2.53 GAA / .917 Sv% / 2 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 4 (4) / 1-3-0 / 2.03 / .919 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 1/21/14 / 60 MP / 26-29 shots / 5-3 W
2013-14, Away: 17 (17) / 8-7-2 / 2.84 / .910 / 1


2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (17-29=46)
Goals: Jeff Carter (20-16=36)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (17-29=46)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+21; 17-29=46)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (63; 3-2=5)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:58; 8-21=29)

2013-14 Columbus Leaders
Total Points: Ryan Johansen (23-20=43)
Goals: Ryan Johansen (23-20=43)
Assists: James Wisniewski (5-29=34)
Plus/Minus: Corey Tropp (+11; 2-7=9)
Penalty Minutes: Brandon Dubnisky (82; 12-24=36)
Time On Ice: Jack Johnson (23:51; 3-17=20)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 29 / 2.26; CBJ – 7 / 2.91
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.12; CBJ – 17 / 2.77
Power Play: LAK – 28 / 14.0%; CBJ – 14 / 19.0%
Penalty Kill: LAK – t-8 / 83.3%; CBJ – 16 / 81.2%
Shots/Game: LAK – 9 / 31.3; CBJ – 23 / 28.9
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 26.8; CBJ – 22 / 30.7
Faceoffs: LAK – 1 / 53.5%; CBJ – 10 / 51.3%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-2 / .921; CBJ – t-16 / .910


Los Angeles Projected Lines

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

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

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lines: B+. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, so he’s tonight’s projected starter. Though Alec Martinez has made good progress from his hyperextended elbow, he remained on the ice for extra work with Martin Jones and will almost certainly miss another game. The only question is whether Jordan Nolan will return to the lineup, presumably for Matt Frattin. Nolan could also enter the lineup for Kyle Clifford, with either Frattin or Nolan sliding to the left side.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 26-18-4 all-time against the Blue Jackets, a record that includes a mark of 15-8-1 at Staples Center. Los Angeles has won the last three home meetings between the teams. The last Columbus win in Los Angeles was a 1-0 shutout by Curtis Sanford on January 7, 2012. … Los Angeles is one of three NHL teams to finish the pre-Olympic schedule tonight (Minnesota, Buffalo). … The Blackhawks’ five goals on Monday marked the sixth time the Kings have allowed a season-high five goals. Los Angeles and Carolina are the only NHL teams that haven’t allowed more than five goals in a game this season. … With 190 career goals, Anze Kopitar ranks 10th on the Kings’ all-time list. Dustin Brown, who has 191 career goals, ranks 9th. Mike Murphy ranks 8th with 194 career goals as a King. … Jeff Carter has been held without a goal over the last seven games. His last goal came in the second period of the Blue Jackets’ 5-3 win at Nationwide Arena on January 21. 10 of Carter’s 20 goals have come in the third period. Only Sidney Crosby (12) and Taylor Hall (11) have more in that frame. He has 198 career assists. … With 332 career assists, Anze Kopitar ranks one assist behind Rob Blake for seventh place on the team’s all-time list. Kopitar is Los Angeles’ all-time leader in points against Columbus with 27 points (13-14-27) in 26 games. … Tyler Toffoli has nine shots in the last two games. … Over the last 11 games, Brown has no points, a minus-8 rating, and has taken 14 shots. He will play his 699th career game tonight.


Columbus Projected Roster

Boone Jenner – Ryan Johansen – Nathan Horton
Nick Foligno – Artem Anisimov – RJ Umberger
Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Derek MacKenzie – Mark Letestu – Corey Tropp

Fedor Tyutin – Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray – James Wisniewski
Nikita Nikitin – David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Notes and milestones: Lines via correspondent Curtis Zupke. … Marian Gaborik is out with a broken collarbone that will force him to miss the Olympics. During his time in Columbus, Gaborik has played in 30 games and missed 38, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. … The Blue Jackets are 12-4-0 in 2014. During their current three-game winning streak, they’ve outscored their opponents 13-5 and have killed off all 12 power play chances. After defeating Anaheim 4-2 on Monday, the Blue Jackets are 7-3-0 in their last 10 road games. … Since December 1, Sergei Bobrovsky is 11-2-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. … Ryan Johansen has four goals in his last three games and is on pace to score 33 times, which would make him the third player in franchise history to score at least 30 goals in a season. Rick Nash (seven times) and Geoff Sanderson (two times) also scored at least 30 goals for the Blue Jackets. … R.J. Umberger is on pace for his fifth 20-goal season with Columbus. Of his 15 goals, a team-leading seven have come on the power play. … James Wisniewski is on pace to net a career-high 52 points (8-44=52). … Fedor Tyutin and Dustin Brown were teammates with the OHL’s Guelph Storm in 2001-02.

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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: 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.

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.