Game 78 Preview: Los Angeles vs Dallas - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (46-26-5) vs Dallas Stars (47-22-9)
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. PT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #9 Dan O’Rourke, #24 Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: #94 Bryan Pancich, #77 Tim Nowak
FOX Sports West, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

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Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2015-16: 64 GP (64 GS) / 39-21-4 record / 2.20 GAA / .919 Sv% / 5 SHO
Career vs Dallas: 26 (25) / 17-7-2 / 2.42 / .914 / 2
Last Game vs Dallas: 1/19/16 / 60 MP / 27-29 shots / 3-2 W
2015-16, Home: 36 (36) / 23-11-2 / 2.22 / .910 / 2

Dallas Projected Starting Goaltender – Kari Lehtonen
2015-16: 41 GP (37 GS) / 23-10-2 record / 2.81 GAA / .906 Sv% / 2 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 24 (24) / 12-10-1 / 2.69 / .910 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/15/16 / 21 MP / 7-11 shots / 2-5 L
2015-16, Away: 20 (19) / 11-4-2 / 2.08 / .912 / 0

Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (25-45=70)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (29-25=54)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (25-45=70)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+33; 29-25=54)
Penalty Minutes: Brayden McNabb (90; 2-11=13)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (28:00; 14-35=49)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nick Shore (60.9%; 3-7=10)

2015-16 Dallas Leaders
Total Points: Jamie Benn (40-47=87)
Goals: Jamie Benn (40-47=87)
Assists: Jamie Benn (40-47=87)
Plus/Minus: John Klingberg (+21; 10-46=56), Alex Goligoski (+21; 5-31=36)
Penalty Minutes: Antoine Roussel (117; 12-16=28)
Time On Ice: Alex Goligoski (23:53; 5-31=36)
Corsi-For Percentage: John Klingberg (55.4%; 10-46=56)

Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-13 / 2.71; DAL – 1 / 3.26
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 2.31; DAL – 20 / 2.81
Power Play: LAK – 8 / 20.9%; DAL – 4 / 21.9%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 15 / 81.3%; DAL – 13 / 81.8%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-2 / 32.1; DAL – t-2 / 32.1
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-3 / 27.5; DAL – 11 / 29.1
Faceoffs: LAK – 14 / 50.2%; DAL – 13 / 50.3%
Save Percentage: LAK – 9 / .916; DAL – t-24 / .904
Corsi-for Percentage: LAK – 1 / 56.3% / DAL – 5 / 52.4%

Dallas Stars v San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles Projected Lineup

Tanner Pearson – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Milan Lucic – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King – Vincent Lecavalier – Kris Versteeg
Kyle Clifford – Nic Dowd – Trevor Lewis

Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Rob Scuderi – Luke Schenn

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 86-101-40 all-time against the Dallas franchise, a record that includes a home mark of 51-40-22. With a record of 2-0-0 thus far against the Stars, the Kings clinched a winning record in the season series for the first time since the 2011-12 season. … Los Angeles is 26-17-2 against the Western Conference and 10-7-2 against the Central Division. … With 46 wins, the Kings have tied the franchise record for wins in a season (five times; last: 2013-14). … In the race for the Jennings Trophy, Washington leads with 179 goals allowed (in 77 games played). Following the Capitals are the Kings (180 GA / 77 GP), Ducks (184 GA / 77 GP) and Lightning (185 GA / 77 GP). … Los Angeles is 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games. … Including playoffs, the Kings have sold out Staples Center 199 consecutive times. Today’s game against Dallas will mark the 200th consecutive sellout. … In 32 games since January 24, Drew Doughty has seven goals, 25 points and a +12 rating. … Jeff Carter has seven points (4-3=7) in the last four games. … With 39 wins, Jonathan Quick is one win from surpassing his career-high and the Kings’ record of wins in a single season by a goaltender. … With his 34 assists, Milan Lucic is one assist shy of his career-high of 35 (twice; last: 2013-14). … With 31 assists, Jake Muzzin is one assist from surpassing his career-high, set in 2014-15. … With 10 goals, Alec Martinez is one goal from tying his career high of 11, set in 2013-14. … Brayden McNabb has assists in three straight games (0-4=4), tying a career-long streak. The last time he recorded assists in three straight games was between November 22-26, 2014. … Tyler Toffoli leads the NHL with a +33 rating, while Anze Kopitar ranks second at +32. With 29 goals, Toffoli is one goal from becoming the first King with 30 goals in a season since Kopitar scored 34 in 2009-10.

Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild

Dallas Projected Lines

Jamie Benn – Cody Eakin – Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark – Jason Spezza – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Radek Faksa – Ales Hemsky
Travis Moen – Vernon Fiddler – Patrick Eaves

Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Patrik Nemeth – Jordie Benn
Johnny Oduya – Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

Notes and milestones: Lines via DailyFaceoff.com Via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars are expected to be without forwards Brett Ritchie (lower body) and Tyler Seguin and defensemen Kris Russell and Jason Demers (shoulder). … Dallas, which plays in Anaheim on Sunday, is 6-2-3 on the first day of back-to-back sets. … The Stars and North Stars’ 109 all-time wins against Los Angeles represents the most wins by that franchise against any other NHL team. … Patrick Sharp has 37 points (20-17=37) in 32 career games against Los Angeles. … Dallas has won three straight games and is 6-1-0 in its last seven games. … The Stars’ 23 empty net goals have set a single season NHL record. … Dallas has killed off 20-of-21 power play opportunities and is 38-for-40 (95.0%) over its last 13 games. … With 699 career wins, Lindy Ruff is one win shy of 700 in his career. … The Stars are the first team to have three 30-goal scorers in one season (Spezza/Benn/Seguin) since New Jersey (Kovalchuk/Parise/Clarkson) and San Jose (Couture/Pavelski/Marleau) in 2011-12. … Ales Hemsky has points in six straight games (2-5=7). … John Klingberg ranks second in the NHL amongst defensemen with 46 assists. … With 298 goals, Jason Spezza is two goals shy of 300 in his career.

Dallas Stars v Winnipeg Jets

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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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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