-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 45-84-17 all-time against Philadelphia, a record that includes a home mark of 24-43-8. The Kings improved to 7-3-1 in the last 11 games in the series and 4-7-0 in the last 11 games at Staples Center. These teams will meet next at Wells Fargo Center on December 18.
-Los Angeles improved to 1-0-0 against the Eastern Conference, 1-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division, 1-0-0 in two-goal games, 1-0-0 when tied after one period and 1-0-0 when outshooting their opposition.
-With the win, the Kings improved to 21-20-9 all-time in season openers and 24-18-8 in home openers. Because their previous three season-opening wins took place in overtime or a shootout, the last time the club won a season opener in regulation was the 4-1 win over Anaheim in London to begin the 2007-08 season. Tonight’s win ended a five-game streak of regulation losses in home openers. The last time Los Angeles won a home opener was the 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers on October 7, 2011, a game played in Stockholm as part of the NHL Premiere. That technically counted as the 2011-12 home opener, though the team defeated St. Louis 5-0 when returning to Staples Center on October 18, 2011.
-By stopping all 35 shots, Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season and 45th career shutout. It marks the first shutout victory for the Kings in an opening game since the beginning of the 1999-00 season when the Kings shut out the Predators 2-0 in Nashville. The 35 saves in a shutout are tied for Quick’s seventh highest in a shutout (13th time he has earned a shutout when facing a 30-or-more shots).
-Three Kings made their NHL debuts:
Oscar Fantenberg: 17:05 TOI, 3:28 PP TOI, 2:15 SH TOI, +1, 0 shot attempts
Alex Iafallo: 13:13 TOI, 0:52 TOI, 0:27 SH TOI, 2 shot attempts (1 SOG)
Kurtis MacDermid: 8:44 TOI, +1, 2 hits
-Los Angeles attempted 56 shots (27 on goal, 13 blocked, 16 missed). Philadelphia attempted 63 shots (35 on goal, 11 blocked, 17 missed). All Flyers skaters finished with at least one shot on goal. Tyler Toffoli led all skaters with seven shots on goal and 10 shot attempts.
-The Kings won 38-of-73 faceoffs (52%). Adrian Kempe won 2-of-9, Anze Kopitar won 7-of-21, Michael Cammalleri won 2-of-3, Nick Shore won 11-of-17, Trevor Lewis won 1-of-1, Tanner Pearson won 2-of-2 and Jeff Carter won 13-of-20.
The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Toyota Sports Center.
-Lead photo via Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI