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johnjm22 03-03-2009 02:54 PM

Los Angeles @ Columbus - 3/3/09 - 4PM
 
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Los Angeles Kings
(26-27-9, 61 pts)

VS.

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Columbus Blue Jackets
(31-26-6, 68 pts)


4PM (PST) @ Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Away), FS-O (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 207


GAME PREIVEW
Goals have come at a premium lately for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings. That's also been the case when the teams have met this season.

The Blue Jackets and Kings look to get untracked offensively Tuesday night when they conclude their season series.

Columbus (31-26-6) returns home after scoring one goal in each of its three games on a trip through western Canada. The Blue Jackets opened the stretch with a 4-1 loss at Calgary last Tuesday, won 1-0 at Edmonton on Thursday and fell 3-1 at Vancouver on Sunday.

The problem for Columbus, as usual, was its league-worst power play. The Jackets, converting on 12.3 percent of their power plays, went 0-for-13 on the trip.

"This whole road trip we really struggled with some of our forwards to get our competitive level necessary to be a good playoff team, that's the bottom line," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I really think our goaltender and our defense played well, we've got to get more from some people up front. We need better play from some of the guys up front. We're not getting a lot of production."

The Blue Jackets, sitting sixth in the tightly bunched Western Conference, are 1-for-12 on the power play against Los Angeles (26-27-9) this season. All three matchups were shutouts, with the Kings winning the first two by 3-0 scores before Columbus won 2-0 on Dec. 29 behind Steve Mason's 24 saves.

Mason leads the NHL with eight shutouts, and the rookie is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy as top rookie. He has struggled a bit over his last six home starts, though, going 2-2-1 with a 3.43 goals-against average.

Mason was bested once by Jason LaBarbera and once by Jon Quick in the Kings' shutouts of the Blue Jackets. LaBarbera has since been traded to Vancouver, and Quick has suffered losses in the last two games for Los Angeles. He may start again Tuesday.

Like the Blue Jackets, the Kings have three goals in their last three games. They've fallen to 13th in the West, and are six points out of a playoff spot heading into the finale of their five-game trip after a 4-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Los Angeles allowed the game's first two goals and fell behind 3-2 after one period before mustering a total of 15 shots over the final 40 minutes.

"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot," center Anze Kopitar said. "That first period wasn't good at all. When you fall behind right away, it kind of kills the motivation right off the hop."

The Kings' top two goal scorers, Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown, have no goals and one assist against Columbus this season.

"There's a great need to a lot of desperation right now in our schedule and our games," Kings coach Terry Murray said.

Columbus lost veteran center Michael Peca to an undisclosed injury late in the first period Sunday, and Hitchcock said he would be re-evaluated. The Blue Jackets also played without defenseman Rostislav Klesla and forwards Fredrik Modin and Jason Chimera.


Source: Associated Press



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Raitis Ivanans / Upper body (Out until at least early March)

Columbus
Derick Brassard / Shoulder IR. (Out for the season)
Jason Chimera / Lower body IR. (Out until at least mid-March)
Rostislav Klesla / Shoulder IR. (Out until at least early March)
Fredrik Modin / Knee IR. (Out until at least early March)
Michael Peca / Head (Out until atl east March 5 at Nashville)
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen / Lower Body IR. (Out until at least late March)
Pascal Leclaire / Ankle IR. (Out for the season)

Source: Sportsline.com



PREVIOUS MEETINGS
12/29/08 - CBJ @ LAK 2-0 (Blue Jackets)
12/23/08 - LAK @ CBJ 3-0 (Kings)
12/06/08 - CBJ @ LAK 3-0 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against Columbus: 15-12-1-3

Source: NHL.com



INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 52PTS (20 G / 32 A, -17)
Nash, CBJ - 58PTS (27 G / 31 A, +5)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 33PTS (3 G / 30 A, -1)
Tyutin, CBJ - 29PTS (8 G / 21 A, -3)

Source: NHL.com



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 27 GP (13-10-1)
GAA 2.55 / SV% .913

Mason, CBJ - 43 GP (24-15-3)
GAA 2.16 / SV% .920

Source: NHL.com



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA 2.77 (12th)
CBJ 2.71 (T-9th)

Avg. Goals For
LA 2.52 (24tH)
CBJ 2.60 (20th)

Power Play %
LA 20.0 (T-11th)
CBJ 12.3 (30th)

Penalty Kill %
LA 81.9 (14th)
CBJ 81.2 (16th)

Source: NHL.com



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


NHL GAMES TODAY


Oh Snap 03-03-2009 03:05 PM

Thanks for the nice GDT. :)

Go Kings! Just win!:help:

dabeechman 03-03-2009 03:14 PM

Please....don't get shut out.

KingsRule 03-03-2009 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dabeechman (Post 18308265)
Please....don't get shut out.

Were scorin 5 tonight.... yup

Fangio 03-03-2009 03:32 PM

Columbus is doing very well at home. They're a team on the upswing. A win is going to be a hard fought battle.


With a Kings victory let's hope all these teams lose tonight; Anaheim, St.Louis, Minnesota, Edmonton, Dallas. We'll be right back in this thing!

/help

lak4ever 03-03-2009 03:51 PM

wow kopi is a minus 17 :facepalm:

lets just come out and win this....please

riznat 03-03-2009 03:55 PM

I feel like we might see Ersberg tonight, no reason other than just a feeling.

Moller scores tonight as well :naughty:

Butch 19 03-03-2009 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by riznat (Post 18309545)
I feel like we might see Ersberg tonight, no reason other than just a feeling.

I'd like to see Ersberg start for the simple reason that Quick has been giving up a bad goal a game recently. Give Quick a night off.

One bad goal? - with this team's current (lack of) offense, game over. Spread the poor-play blame.

And hopefully they can get through the first 2 minutes without giving up a goal. Too greedy? so what, we're in year 3 baby! win some games again already!!!!

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 03-03-2009 04:38 PM

Win Please

Omni Owl 03-03-2009 04:40 PM

It looks bleak. Stoked to see Moller back though.

Buddy The Elf 03-03-2009 05:00 PM

Score more than the other team!

MxK1NGS 03-03-2009 05:02 PM

Nice Gdt As Always
Go Kings Go!
We Win 3-2

johnjm22 03-03-2009 05:15 PM

Kopitar usually plays well against the Jackets for some reason, so I expect see some good things from him tonight.

Ollie Weeks 03-03-2009 05:22 PM

Win so handily Colombus gives us Nash out of respect and fear!

dabeechman 03-03-2009 05:24 PM

Score so much is knocks Mason out of the calder race!

ciccarelli80 03-03-2009 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dabeechman (Post 18308265)
Please....don't get shut out.

Looks like it may be low-scoring:

Quote:

Two of the best young goaltenders in Columbus' Steve Mason and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick square off today at Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets host the Kings.

Mason leads all rookie goaltenders with 24 wins (24-15-3) and eight shutouts while ranking second with a 2.16 GAA and a .920 SV%. Quick, meanwhile, has posted a 13-10-1 mark while posting a .913 SV%, a 2.55 GAA and three shutouts, all of which rank third amongst first-year netminders.

Quick has split his first two starts against the Jackets, posting a 1-1-0 mark, stopping 47-of-48 shots (.979 SV%), with a 0.51 GAA and one shutout. Mason, meanwhile, has posted a 1-2-0 mark, stopping 78-of-83 shots (.940 SV%) with a 1.68 GAA and one shutout vs. Los Angeles.
From the Royal Report.

kingsholygrail 03-03-2009 05:49 PM

Play harder!

JBernierFan 03-03-2009 06:02 PM

Is it online anywhere?

hans 03-03-2009 06:02 PM

Looks like Zeiler and Harrold out of the lineup today.

alpa 03-03-2009 06:02 PM

Nice GDT and lets hope for a win :)

alpa 03-03-2009 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hans (Post 18313124)
Looks like Zeiler and Harrold out of the lineup today.

Thank God... or I mean that is good.

Kingz4life 03-03-2009 06:04 PM

The season is on the line and the Kings will rise together tonight and dominate.


GO KINGS GO!!!

Chazz Reinhold 03-03-2009 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JBernierFan (Post 18313118)
Is it online anywhere?

Hockeystreams.com has it. You'll have to pay a few bucks, though. The quality is pretty good.

JBernierFan 03-03-2009 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chazz Reinhold (Post 18313175)
Hockeystreams.com has it. You'll have to pay a few bucks, though. The quality is pretty good.

Is it per game or a season pass?

Chazz Reinhold 03-03-2009 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JBernierFan (Post 18313249)
Is it per game or a season pass?

You can pay per day.


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