Game 67 Preview: Los Angeles vs New Jersey

Los Angeles Kings (40-22-4) vs New Jersey Devils (32-29-7)
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. PT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #12 Justin St. Pierre, #23 Brad Watson
Linesmen: #66 Darren Gibbs, #58 Ryan Gibbons
FOX Sports West, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

New Jersey Devils v Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2015-16: 54 GP (54 GS) / 34-17-3 record / 2.19 GAA / .919 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs New Jersey: 7 (6) / 4-2-1 / 2.08 / .930 / 0
Last Game vs New Jersey: 3/23/15 / 60 MP / 19-20 shots / 3-1 W
2015-16, Home: 31 (31) / 19-11-1 / 2.26 / .908 / 1

New Jersey Projected Starting Goaltender: Keith Kincaid
2015-16: 16 GP (13 GS) / 6-6-1 record / 2.56 GAA / .909 Sv% / 2 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 1 (1) / 1-0-0 / 0.00 / 1.000 / 1
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 2/14/16 / 60 MP / 28-28 shots / 1-0 W
2015-16, Away: 10 (7) / 3-3-1 / 2.71 / .909 / 1

New Jersey Devils v San Jose Sharks

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (20-38=58)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (24-22=46)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (20-38=58)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+28; 24-22=46)
Penalty Minutes: Brayden McNabb (76; 2-6=8)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (28:22; 13-31=44)
Corsi-For Percentage: Nick Shore (60.6%; 3-6=9)

2015-16 New Jersey Leaders
Total Points: Kyle Palmieri (25-20=45)
Goals: Kyle Palmieri (25-20=45)
Assists: Michael Cammalleri (14-24=38)*
Plus/Minus: Adam Larsson (+18; 3-13=16)
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo (102; 4-5=9)**
Time On Ice: Andy Greene (23:01; 4-8=12)
Corsi-For Percentage: Jacob Josefson (51.1%; 3-10=13)***
*On injured reserve; active leader is Travis Zajac (12-23=35)
**Not expected to play tonight; Bobby Farnham (77; 7-1=8) is the next highest
***Not expected to play tonight; Tyler Kennedy (50.1%; 2-7=9) is the next highest

New Jersey Devils v Los Angeles Kings

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 13 / 2.68; NJ – 30 / 2.19
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.27; NJ – 7 / 2.41
Power Play: LAK – t-4 / 22.3%; NJ – 9 / 20.9%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 17 / 80.8%; NJ – t-9 / 82.2%
Shots/Game: LAK – 2 / 32.5; NJ – 30 / 24.5
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 4 / 27.7; NJ – 6 / 28.5
Faceoffs: LAK – t-13 / 50.1%; NJ – 29 / 47.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-7 / .918; NJ – t-10 / .916
Corsi-for Percentage: LAK – 1 / 56.1% / NJ – 29 / 46.6%

New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers

Los Angeles Projected Lines

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

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

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 53-31-14 all-time against the New Jersey franchise, a record that includes a home mark of 30-11-7. This has been a series recently dominated by road teams, which have won five of the last six meetings. In the last 10 home games in the series, the Kings are 3-6-1. Los Angeles is 0-1-0 on the season series, having lost 1-0 at the Prudential Center on February 14. … The Kings are 18-9-2 against the Eastern Conference and 9-5-0 against the Metropolitan Division. … With 40 wins in 66 games, Los Angeles reached 40 wins faster than any other team in franchise history (previously 67 games in 2009-10). … With 178 regular season wins with the Kings, Darryl Sutter is tied with Bob Pulford for second place on the Kings’ all-time wins list. … Dustin Brown is one assist away from surpassing Mark Hardy (250) for 11th overall in team history and one point behind Charlie Simmer (466) for 10th overall. He has gone 10 consecutive games without a point. … With 430 career assists, Anze Kopitar is one assist behind Bernie Nicholls for fifth place in team history. … He ranks third among NHL forwards in TOI with 20:53. … Tyler Toffoli ranks tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus at plus-28. He has two goals in the last 22 games. … Jonathan Quick is one shutout away from surpassing Frank Brimsek and John Vanbiesbrouck (all 40) for the most all-time among United States-born goalies. … Milan Lucic has assists in four straight games (2-4=6). … Drew Doughty has points in three straight games (2-2=4). … Jeff Carter (1-1=2) has seven points (4-3=7) in the last seven games. With 198 points as a King, he is two shy of 200. … Vincent Lecavalier has goals in two straight games (2-0=2) and points in three straight games (2-1=3). He is expected to play in his 1,198th career game tonight. … Kyle Clifford is expected to play his 298th career game.

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New Jersey Projected Lines

Tyler Kennedy – Adam Henrique – Devante Smith-Pelly
Reid Boucher – Travis Zajac – Kyle Palmieri
Joseph Blandisi – Sergey Kalinin – Mike Sislo
Bobby Farnham – Stephen Gionta – Tuomo Ruutu

Andy Greene – Adam Larsson
John Moore – David Schlemko
Jon Merrill – David Warsofsky

Keith Kincaid
Yann Danis

Notes and milestones: New Jersey is expected to be without Mike Cammalleri (hand/wrist), Patrik Elias (knee), Jordin Tootoo (upper-body), Jacob Josefson (upper-body), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Cory Schneider (knee). … Of the 20 Devils who played in Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, only Stephen Gionta, Andy Greene, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac remain with the team. … With 32 wins (32-29-7), New Jersey has equaled its win total from last season (32-36-14). … The Devils are 14-10-1 against the Western Conference and 8-3-1 against the Pacific Division. … New Jersey has won its last three trips to Staples Center since a 3-1 Los Angeles win on October 30, 2010 in which Justin Williams, Michal Handzus, Jarret Stoll and Matt Taormina scored. … Andy Greene was a teammate of Alec Martinez’s at Miami University in 2005-06. … Head Coach John Hynes will be an assistant coach for the United States at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. … Kyle Palmieri has established career-highs with 25 goals and 45 points. … Andy Greene is expected to appear in his 298th consecutive game, the sixth-longest games-played streak in Devils history. … New Jersey’s power play is 17-for-57 (29.8%) in the last 21 games. … Adam Henrique’s 11 shorthanded goals since 2011-12 are tied for the second most in the NHL over that span (Brad Marchand, 14).

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