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Ampersand 11-23-2011 06:07 PM

Nov 23, 2011 VS. Los Angeles Kings
KINGS (11-7-3) at STARS (12-8-0)

TV: FS-West (HD), FS-Southwest (HD)

Last 10 : Los Angeles 5-4-1; Dallas 5-5-0

Season Series : This is the third of six meetings between these Pacific Division rivals. The Kings are 2-0 this season and 11-2-1 in the last 15 games.

Big Story : Both teams come into the game off victories. Los Angeles handed St. Louis its first loss under new coach Ken Hitchcock on Tuesday night, winning 3-2 in St. Louis. Dallas snapped a five-game skid Monday by beating Edmonton 4-1, holding the Oilers to a single goal just a game after they pinned nine on Chicago.

Team Scope :

Kings : At St. Louis, the Kings did a fine job cleaning up the mental mistakes - giveaways, lack of motivation - and poor special-teams play that cost them in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Detroit at home. Los Angeles had only three giveaways, Anze Kopitar converted a power-play opportunity and the Kings killed off all six Blues power plays. Best of all, the one-two center punch of Kopitar and Flyer transplant Mike Richards is finally hitting its stride.

"I think trying to get adjusted to the new team, and sometimes I think you try to make too many plays when things like that happen," said Richards, who had a goal and assisted on Kopitar's in the win at St. Louis. "But I'm just trying to get the puck in the net as much as possible, and I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable with linemates, and just getting pucks to the net as much as possible is the biggest thing."

Stars : After getting off to their best start in five years, Dallas hit the skids with five straight losses leading into Monday's game against Edmonton. The Stars welcomed new owner Tom Gaglardi to American Airlines Arena with a huge 4-1 win, holding the high-powered Edmonton offense - the Oilers had a combined 15 goals in the games before and after their visit to Dallas - in check for 60 minutes. Offensively, Dallas matched its total output of the entire five-game losing streak.

"He spent a lot of money, so it's good we didn't disappoint him here at home the first game," captain Brenden Morrow said with a chuckle about playing for the first time in front of a new owner. "It's been a long time coming, and it feels good to get another win. We stuck to our structure and won the battle at the blue lines. We had some cycles going and got some scoring opportunities from it."

Who's Hot : Though he needed to make only 17 saves against Edmonton, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen feeds off wins. He has compiled streaks of seven and four games this season - and leads the League with 12 wins. Richards has seven goals in as many games.

Injury Report : Los Angeles forwards Scott Parse (lower body) and Dustin Penner (hand) and defenseman Alec Martinez (upper body) are on injured reserve. For Dallas, defenseman Alex Goligoski will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb, while winger Adam Burish (broken hand) is out for at least a month.

Stat Pack : Backup Jonathan Bernier got the win Tuesday in St. Louis, but look for usual starter Jonathan Quick to be back in the crease against Dallas. Quick is 12-3-0 lifetime with a 1.99 GAA against the Stars, the only team the goalie has beaten more than eight times in his career.

Puck Drop : "The guys were playing for themselves obviously, but we talked with [Stars owner Tom Gaglardi] this morning, and he had a great message for our guys. You could tell in the pregame skate that our guys were a little lighter on our feet and a little more confident. It's a nice way to start to own a hockey franchise." - Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on welcoming the new owner to Dallas with a win.



StarsCaptainOU 11-23-2011 06:42 PM

Excited to watch Vincour with Ribeiro tonight.

MB94 11-23-2011 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by StarsCaptainOU (Post 39863051)
Excited to watch Vincour with Ribeiro tonight.

I second this.

lol @ your post about our equipment manager :laugh:


Modo 11-23-2011 07:33 PM

LOL @ "equipment manager" :biglaugh:

That is awesome, lol.


Alistar 11-23-2011 07:37 PM

If we're going to have success tonight we have to jump on the Kings earlier and rough them up. They just played a tough game last night vs. the Blues so hopefully they're a bit worn down and not willing to play that kind of game.

2nd priority should be staying out of the damn box. That LA PP picks our PK apart with ease most times.

MB94 11-23-2011 07:38 PM

1 - Stay out of the box (that shouldn't be much of a problem tonight with Morrow "injured"

2 - Start the game HOT and HARD hitting (similar to the Oilers game)

3 - Get more goals than the Kings

If we do all those, we should get a "W" tonight.

MB94 11-23-2011 07:40 PM

Vinny looking good on his first shift

MB94 11-23-2011 07:42 PM

Great patients from Fistric, and draws a penalty! Great start

MB94 11-23-2011 07:43 PM

Kari, huge stop! wow

MB94 11-23-2011 07:45 PM

so close! Off the post!

Ampersand 11-23-2011 07:48 PM

Anyone know why we are wearing our whites?

MB94 11-23-2011 07:48 PM

#14 is the new #9

piqued 11-23-2011 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by Ampersand (Post 39870249)
Anyone know why we are wearing our whites?

LA made St. Louis wear white at home last night too for some reason.

Alistar 11-23-2011 07:49 PM

Scuderi could have been really badly hurt there - going skates first into the boards under pressure by Vincour.

That's what we need more of though. They've come out and tried to play way too fancy - and the result is Los Angeles has outchanced them about 5 to 1. They need to play old time hockey and really try to wear down the Kings.

MB94 11-23-2011 07:50 PM

"better look in super sexy slow mo"

Alistar 11-23-2011 07:52 PM

well Willie Mitchell managed to get a snap shot off from about 5 feet away from the net with 3 Stars defenders just standing there.

Vincour is great on the fore-check but not so good on the back-check.

ReverendAlBundy 11-23-2011 07:55 PM

Fistric = our new pmd

MB94 11-23-2011 07:57 PM

Quick looking a little shaky on those dump in's. Keep shooting them on Quick boys!

piqued 11-23-2011 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by Hecantscorefromthere (Post 39871019)
Fistric = our new pmd

That should be exhibit A if anyone ever calls him slow.

MB94 11-23-2011 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by Hecantscorefromthere (Post 39871019)
Fistric = our new pmd

Fistric has been one of our better defensemen this year, I don't wanna trade him anymore :laugh:
for now ..

Alistar 11-23-2011 08:00 PM

yeah the Kings are really trying to throw a wrench into the Stars' breakouts alongside the boards, but as Fistric just demonstrated the center of the ice has plenty of daylight.

**They need to be way more decisive with the puck in their own end. It's alot of second guessing while the Kings close in on them, and that will only lead to trouble.

MB94 11-23-2011 08:04 PM

Entertaining game so far, pretty even at this point. Although I hope we get the game's first goal.

Stars99Lobo37 11-23-2011 08:05 PM

Just getting home. Been on the road all day, arghs.

How do we look so far?

piqued 11-23-2011 08:06 PM

Daley and Petersen continuing to play on the PP over Larsen :facepalm:

Alistar 11-23-2011 08:06 PM

jesus christ Gulutzan work on the ****ing PP

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