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johnjm22 01-03-2009 02:13 PM

Philadelphia @ Los Angeles - 1/3/09 - 7:30PM
 
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Los Angeles Kings
(15-16-6, 36 pts)

VS.


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Philadelphia Flyers
(21-10-7, 49 pts)


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


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Home), CSN-PH (Away)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205


GAME PREIVEW
While there is still more than three months to play this season, rookie goaltender Jon Quick may have the Los Angeles Kings thinking about the playoffs.

But to get his team back into the win column, Quick will have to beat one of the Eastern Conference's top teams as the inconsistent Kings play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses in its last four games. Both victories have come on the road via Quick's first two NHL shutouts while the Kings have scored a total of one goal in two home defeats.

The Kings apparently have high hopes for the 22-year-old Quick. Earlier this week, they dealt former starter Jason LaBarbera to Vancouver for a draft pick, leaving Quick and second-year player Erik Ersberg as the only netminders on the roster for now.

In his season debut on Dec. 20, Quick gave up five goals in a loss to defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit, but has since gone 2-2-0 with a sparkling 0.76 goals-against average and .970 save percentage.

On Monday, Quick squared off against another emerging rookie goaltender in Columbus' Steve Mason, but the Kings fell to the Blue Jackets 2-0. Regardless, Kings coach Terry Murray likes what he's seen so far.

"He's giving us a chance to win the game every game that he's played and that's all you can ask from any goaltender," Murray said. "We have to score some goals for him, he's played with a lot of energy and a lot of composure and he's giving us a good look."

Quick's play could help Los Angeles reach the postseason for the first time since 2002. The Kings (15-16-6) are 14th in the Western Conference, but only four points behind Columbus for the eighth and final playoff spot.

And while they need to generate more offense, that could be a difficult task against the Flyers (21-10-7). Los Angeles has been outscored 22-11 while going 1-5-1 against Philadelphia since 2001.

Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings in the most recent matchup, a 3-2 overtime loss on Jan. 29, and they'll need him to start producing again. Kopitar, who scored a career-high 32 goals last season, has only 10 in 37 games this season, and none in his last eight.

The Flyers improved to 2-2-0 on their season-high six-game road trip with a 5-4 shootout win over Anaheim on Friday. That allowed Philadelphia - which started the season with six straight losses - to move into a tie for the Atlantic Division lead with the New York Rangers.

"We talked about it today for the first time, only because there was first place on the line in a very difficult division," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It's been a long hill to climb, and it doesn't get any easier to try and stay there."

Captain Mike Richards, who had just two goals in his previous seven games, scored the shootout winner after drawing three assists in regulation. Richards has four assists in two career games against the Kings.

Martin Biron made 22 saves through overtime before denying all three shootout attempts to improve to 8-0-0 in his career versus the Ducks.

It's not immediately known who will start in goal for the Flyers, but neither Biron nor backup Antero Niittymaki have ever lost to the Kings. Biron is 3-0-0 with a 2.64 GAA in four career starts, while Niittymaki made 23 saves in a 4-3 win during his only career appearance in 2006.

Associated Press



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Derek Armstrong - Head (Questionable for Jan. 3 vs. Philadelphia)
Marc-Andre Cliche - Shoulder IR. (Out until at least late December)
Erik Ersberg - Groin (Out until at least Jan. 3 vs. Philadelphia)
Jack Johnson - Shoulder IR. (Out until at least late January)
Brad Richardson - Foot IR. (Out until at least late December)

Philadelphia
Daniel Briere - Groin IR. (Might return for Jan. 6 at Washington)
Simon Gagne - Shoulder (Out until at least early January)
Derian Hatcher - Knee IR. (Out indefinitely)
Arron Asham - Knee (Questionable for Jan. 3 at Los Angeles)

Sportsline.com



RECENT MEETINGS
01/29/08 - LAK @ PHI 3-2 (Flyers, OT)
11/16/06 - PHI @ LAK 4-3 (Flyers)
10/21/03 - PHI @ LAK 4-0 (Kings)
02/04/02 - PHI @ LAK 3-1 (Flyers)
01/11/01 - LAK @ PHI 3-0 (Flyers)

Kings All Time Record against Philadelphia: 37-78-15-1

NHL.com



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 29PTS (10 G / 19 A, -7)
Carter, PHI - 43PTS (27 G / 16 A, +7)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 20PTS (2 G / 18 A, +2)
Timonen, PHI - 24PTS (3 G / 21 A, +6)

NHL.com



PROBABLE STARTERS
Quick, LA - 6 GP (2-3-0)
GAA 1.73 / SV% .937

Niittymaki, PHI - 16 GP (8-3-3)
GAA 2.74 / SV% .910

NHL.com



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA 2.65 (8th)
PHI 3.03 (T-24th)

Avg. Goals
LA 2.54 (T-24th)
PHI 3.40 (4th)

Power Play %
LA 18.6 (15th)
PHI 26.4 (2nd)

Penalty Kill %
LA 83.8 (7th)
PHI 82.3 (15th)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



aegwillnotwinthecup* 01-03-2009 02:18 PM

I think we can win this as long as the offense shows up.

FROLOV24 01-03-2009 02:19 PM

I expect another low scoring game from the Kings.
3-1 Flyers.

GRuiz98 01-03-2009 02:19 PM

Great job johnjm22 :handclap: I'll be there tonight. I'm taking two cousins to the game. One of my cousins will be watching his first hockey game. If you see me (I'll be wearing a white kings jersey that says Ruiz 98), feel free to say hello.

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 01-03-2009 02:24 PM

Not expecting a win. . . but it would be nice.. 5-2 Flyers

GKJ 01-03-2009 02:48 PM

Is Ersberg serving as backup?

LAX attack* 01-03-2009 03:20 PM

I'm going to guess 3-2 Flyers on this one, albeit in OT

BATJAM 01-03-2009 03:29 PM

what are your lines now with moller at the wjc? Does Stoll still play the point at all on the PP? Thanks

DAkings20 01-03-2009 03:31 PM

I would love a win but we are wearing our third jerseys which so far means a loss.

3-2 Flyers(shoot-out)

Kurrilino 01-03-2009 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BATJAM (Post 17121333)
what are your lines now with moller at the wjc? Does Stoll still play the point at all on the PP? Thanks

Yes he is doing that.
Expect him as the 2nd line Center with clueless linemates

Zad 01-03-2009 03:46 PM

I am very excited about this game.

It'll be a great test.

tbrads 01-03-2009 03:48 PM

I'm calling a 4-2 win for the Kings. Kopitar opens the scoring. Ivanans and Cote square off. Quick looks great in net tonight. The third jersey hex is broken. :handclap:

LAX attack* 01-03-2009 03:49 PM

Patrick "Sully" O'Sullivan-Anze "Kopistar" Kopitar-Dustin "Duthtin" Brown
Kyle "K-Grease" Calder-Jarett "Mr. Hunter" Stoll-Ted "Teddy" Purcell
Alexander "AfFro" Frolov -Michal "Zeus" Handzus-Wayne "Gretzky" Simmonds
Raitis "Last Rites" Ivanans-Brian "Big Brian Boyle" Boyle- Johnny "ZTrain" Zeiler

Kyle "KQ" Quincey - Drew "Dumb-Dumb" Doughty
Sean "ODie" O'Donnel - Matt "Stay at home defenseman" Greene
Peter "Harry" Harrold - Denis "Goat" Gauthier

Jonathan "Johnny be Quick" Quick
Erik "Iceberg" Ersberg

JPFT 01-03-2009 04:36 PM

Go Kings Go!!!!

Sydor25 01-03-2009 05:54 PM

Flyers 6-1

devilinto 01-03-2009 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sydor25 (Post 17124453)
Flyers 6-1



Damn i hope not. I say 5-3 Kings!

Telos 01-03-2009 06:30 PM

Offensive team vs Defensive team I guess... If we can score some goals we will likely win, if not then we are heading for another loss. It all matters on Murray. GO KINGS!

DAkings20 01-03-2009 06:55 PM

We need to put the puck in the net, thats the biggest thing right now.

Quattro 01-03-2009 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DAkings20 (Post 17125789)
We need to put the puck in the net, thats the biggest thing right now.

Agree. I believe if we do that more than the Flyers, we have an excellent chance of winning tonight.

:sarcasm:

Belanger25 01-03-2009 07:21 PM

They better be ready to fight or they're going to get killed.

DAkings20 01-03-2009 07:33 PM

Totally agrre with you, this is a game where Ivanans presence should be felt. I could see atleast a couple fights tonight and we better not shy away from the physical play.

Kingswin 01-03-2009 08:05 PM

I think we will win this..because we usaully do against poor goaltending..regardless of the other teams offensive abilities..

Zad 01-03-2009 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quattro (Post 17126483)
Agree. I believe if we do that more than the Flyers, we have an excellent chance of winning tonight.

:sarcasm:

That was funny.

When in the hell did you get a sense of humor?

Belanger25 01-03-2009 08:44 PM

I am surroundedby orange in my seat right now

Quattro 01-03-2009 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zad (Post 17128666)
That was funny.

When in the hell did you get a sense of humor?

I'm subtle. ;)


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