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johnjm22 11-11-2008 10:11 AM

Dallas @ Los Angeles - 11/11/08 - 7:30 PM
 
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Los Angeles Kings
(5-6-2, 12 pts)

VS.


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Dallas Stars
(5-7-2, 12 pts)


7:30PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA


TV Broadcast: PRIME (Home), FS-SW (AWAY)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 207


GAME PREVIEW
The emergence of the Los Angeles Kings' backup goaltender has the club looking to win three straight games for the first time this season on Tuesday when it hosts the struggling Dallas Stars.

Los Angeles (5-6-2) opened its season-high seven-game homestand 0-2-2, but has won its last two games thanks in part to unsung goaltender Erik Ersberg.

Jason LaBarbera was in goal for each of the Kings' first 10 games, but Ersberg's play is making it difficult for coach Terry Murray to take him out. He made his third consecutive start Saturday, and stopped 24 shots in the Kings' 5-3 victory over St. Louis.

Ersberg made 26 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to Anaheim in his first start last Tuesday, and then stopped 13 shots in a 3-2 victory over Florida on Thursday. The Kings are 8-5-3 over the past two seasons in games started by Ersberg, who is 5-2-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average and two shutouts in eight starts at Staples Center.

"It was a great week, two wins in the last two games and it's fun for me to play games, too," Ersberg said. "When we play like we say we are going to play I think we are a tough team to beat. When we play our system right and everybody is digging in and working hard it's going to be tough to come and beat us here."

Los Angeles' power-play unit also stepped up Saturday, as Alexander Frolov, Tom Preissing and Drew Doughty all scored with the man advantage. The Kings converted 3 of 6 power-play opportunities Saturday after going just 2-for-23 over their previous four games.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists against the Blues, ending an eight-game goal-scoring drought for the center, whose 32 goals ranked second on the Kings last season.

"I'm personally pretty happy and I'm sure the other guys are pretty happy," said Kopitar, who had three goals in eight games against the Stars last season. "Hopefully we can keep on going."

Los Angeles split its eight-game season series with Dallas in 2007-08, but won three of four meetings at Staples Center.

The Stars (5-7-2) fell to 1-3-0 on their season-high five-game road trip after Saturday's 2-1 loss at San Jose.

Mary Turco stopped Brad Lukowich's long dump-in shot for his 31st save late in the third period, but the Stars goalie then inexplicably attempted to backhand the puck up the middle of the ice. The puck hit the skate of San Jose captain Patrick Marleau, who scored the game-winner with 28.3 seconds remaining.

Turco's gaffe wasn't the only problem, as Dallas had another inconsistent showing from its offense. The Stars defeated Anaheim 5-2 on Friday, but have scored a total of four goals in their three losses on the trip.

"We've got no regrets, and Marty played a heck of a game, made some big saves and some critical ones," said Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who had four goals and five assists in the eight games against the Kings last season. "We're a team that's trying to find themselves. We played pretty solid and gave ourselves a chance."



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Marc-Andre Cliche (Separated shoulder on 10/06/08) IR
Richard Clune (Chest injury on 10/06/08) IR
Jack Johnson (Shoulder injury on 10/13/08) IR

DALLAS
Doug Janik (Left game - facial laceration on 10/18/08) day-to-day
Jere Lehtinen (Groin injury on 10/10/08) day-to-day
Joel Lundqvist (Shoulder injury on 10/28/08) IR



RECENT MEETINGS
03/29/08 - Stars @ Kings 7-2 (Stars win)
03/22/08 - Kings @ Stars 4-2 (Kings win)
01/12/08 - Stars @ Kings 4-3 (Kings win in Shootout)
12/13/07 - Kings @ Stars 4-1 (Stars win)
11/19/07 - Kings @ Stars 3-0 (Stars win)
11/10/07 - Stars @ Kings 6-5 (Kings win in OT)
10/25/07 - Stars @ Kings 2-1 (Kings win)
10/10/07 - Kings @ Stars 5-1 (Stars win)

*Kings All-Time Record against Dallas (64-90-36)



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 11 points (2 G, 9 A, -2)
Ribeiro, DAL - 14 points (1 G, 13 A, -4)

Defensemen
Preissing, LA - 6 points (3 G, 3 A, -4)
Robidas, DAL - 7 points (1 G, 6 A, +1)



PROBABLE STARTERS
Ersberg, LA - 5 GP Record: 2-1-1 GAA 1.95 SV% .904
Turco, DAL - 12 GP Record: 4-6-2 GAA 3.93 SV% .858


TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 2.69 (14th in NHL)
DAL – 3.86 (30th in NHL)

Avg. Goals
LA – 2.69 (22nd in NHL)
DAL – 2.93 (T-15th in NHL)

Power Play %

LA – 17.4 (17th in NHL)
DAL – 14.9 (T-23rd in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 87.9 (6th in NHL)
DAL – 76.9 (27th in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 11-11-2008 10:49 AM

Nice GDT, Go Kings!

JPFT 11-11-2008 11:02 AM

Go Kings Go!!!!

not tellin* 11-11-2008 11:13 AM

one year ago tonight. i remember it like it was yesterday. and after reading that article on avery making fun of brown for his speech impediment i have an new found hate for him. hopefully brown dismantles a weak sheet of plexi glass on his head.

kingsholygrail 11-11-2008 11:31 AM

I hope this is a breakout game for the Kings facing a division rival that's given them trouble in the past.

Captain Ron 11-11-2008 11:46 AM

I hate Dallas more than any other team in the league (even more then the Ducks). So to see them at the bottom of the standings gives me some joy....hopefully the Kings can demoralize them....they are a team that a needs some humiliation....in my opinion.

By the way that giveaway goal by Turco the other night was pure gold....hopefully his bad decisions carry over to tonight.

TonySCV 11-11-2008 11:48 AM

Great GDT as always John!

- T

Chazz Reinhold 11-11-2008 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Ron (Post 16263737)
I hate Dallas more than any other team in the league (even more then the Ducks). So to see them at the bottom of the standings gives me some joy....hopefully the Kings can demoralize them....they are a team that a needs some humiliation....in my opinion.

By the way that giveaway goal by Turco the other night was pure gold....hopefully his bad decisions carry over to tonight.

That's probably about as emotional as I've seen you get. I'm impressed.

Captain Ron 11-11-2008 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chazz Reinhold (Post 16264112)
That's probably about as emotional as I've seen you get. I'm impressed.

It happens every once in a while....like Halley's Comet.

rapots 11-11-2008 12:40 PM

We take 3 out of 4 points possible in these two games against falling stars. Kopitar with hatty against his best friend Marty :nod:
Seriously I'm looking forward to this game, wiling to sacrifice some mornning sleep, just don't **** me around with another rink side broadcast joke

GO Kings with 4-2 victory :yo:

not tellin* 11-11-2008 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rapots (Post 16264484)
We take 3 out of 4 points possible in these two games against falling stars. Kopitar with hatty against his best friend Marty :nod:
Seriously I'm looking forward to this game, wiling to sacrifice some mornning sleep, just don't **** me around with another rink side broadcast joke

GO Kings with 4-2 victory :yo:

meh. optimism is a kings fan antagonist.

Winger23 11-11-2008 01:12 PM

I'm with captain Ron, I have no love at all for the Stars (or the Blues). They both kicked the Kings butt pretty bad for years. I hope the Kings beat them not only on the scoreboard but with their fists too. 4-1 kings.

LAX attack* 11-11-2008 01:29 PM

I think its gonna be a blow out

Ollie Weeks 11-11-2008 01:46 PM

These games against the Stars are usually a toss up. I'll say Kings win, because why the hell not?

johnjm22 11-11-2008 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Ron (Post 16263737)
I hate Dallas more than any other team in the league (even more then the Ducks). So to see them at the bottom of the standings gives me some joy....hopefully the Kings can demoralize them....they are a team that a needs some humiliation....in my opinion.

By the way that giveaway goal by Turco the other night was pure gold....hopefully his bad decisions carry over to tonight.

Is it actual hate for the team? Or is it just the fact that they make for an incredibly boring game, and we've had to suffer through it 16 times over the past 2 seasons?

For me, I hate Ducks more then any other team, but I hate watching the Kings play the Stars more then any other team.

Oh Snap 11-11-2008 02:56 PM

lets go kings, lets hope for another solid game! :handclap:

hans 11-11-2008 03:48 PM

I love Marty Turco. Athletic saves, stretch passes, racing forwards for the puck, and the small but omnipresent possibility of total meltdown.

I see this game playing out a lot like the Detroit game, although hopefully with a better outcome. If we can pass/skate through their neutral zone defense rather than just dumping and chasing, I like our odds. Their defense positions well, so I doubt we're going to get a lot of great chances on the first shot. But Zubov, Niskanen, Daley and Robidas are all around the same size or smaller than Brown and Calder, and certainly smaller than Handzus and Ivanans. We can and must overpower them in the crease because Turco gives up some rebounds, and those could be some of our best chances.

Pucknut50 11-11-2008 04:07 PM

No lead is ever safe when these two teams meet.

BallPointHammer 11-11-2008 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rapots (Post 16264484)
..... Seriously I'm looking forward to this game, wiling to sacrifice some mornning sleep, just don't **** me around with another rink side broadcast joke .....

Today on Rich Hammond's Blog he reports that tonights game is NOT being shown using RSV. Thank god!

PCLoadLetter* 11-11-2008 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BallPointHammer (Post 16268024)
Today on Rich Hammond's Blog he reports that tonights game is NOT being shown using RSV. Thank god!

I thought that Tom Fuhrer guy said it wasn't going anywhere.

nikolai19 11-11-2008 04:21 PM

When was the last time the Kings were over .500 in a season?

DaStars99 11-11-2008 04:39 PM

FYI for those unable to get to a television tonight the game is yahoo

TonySCV 11-11-2008 04:40 PM

Standard def = no rinkside view. They are "saving" that for HD broadcasts.

- T

Roxo 11-11-2008 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nikolai19 (Post 16268246)
When was the last time the Kings were over .500 in a season?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Kings_seasons

xZOMBIExNIGHTMAREx 11-11-2008 04:52 PM

i like the kings' chances tonight. as long as ersberg holds up his end, they will win.


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