Kings stat guru Jeremy Zager came up with this one yesterday… The Kings have a 15-9-5 record this season against teams currently in the top eight of the Western Conference, and they have a 9-8-3 record against Western Conference teams that are 10th or lower (the Kings are in ninth right now). It might also be interesting to check the Kings’ record against playoff/non-playoff teams at the time the Kings played them, but that would be a tougher task. In any event, the Kings can’t afford to follow up their solid victory over fifth-place Nashville with a clunker against 15th-place Columbus, even though the Blue Jackets have looked strong of late, with three consecutive victories.
Jonathan Bernier remains on track to get the start in goal tonight. Jonathan Quick started the first three games against the Blue Jackets and went 2-1-0, all of which were low-scoring games.