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St Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings - 12/5/09 - 1PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(17-10-2, 36 pts)


VS.



St Louis Blues
(11-10-5, 27 pts)






1PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Home), FS-MW (Away)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 207
Online Video Stream: ATDHE.NET

GAME PREIVEW
Season series -- Second of four meetings this season. Los Angeles won 2-1 in St. Louis on Oct. 10, getting goals from Ryan Smyth and Michal Handzus and 29 saves from Jonathan Quick. Alex Steen scored shorthanded for the Blues.

Last 10 -- St. Louis 5-4-1; Los Angeles 6-4-0.

Big Story -- Can St. Louis follow the lead of Nashville and Calgary, both of which got the early jump in Saturday matinees in Los Angeles? The Kings mostly sleepwalked through a 3-1 loss to the Predators on Nov. 7 and allowed a Jarome Iginla goal 11 seconds into a 5-2 loss to the Flames two weeks later.

"It's a different mentality, to get ready for those," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "I like those games, but it is a different mentality to get prepared. Everything changes. Your routine is thrown off a little bit. You're eating at a different time. You're eating different kinds of meals.

"But that's what you deal with, and prepare yourself for. You just have to spend more time with yourself, talking to yourself, preparing yourself for the start time."

Team Scope

Blues -- Shorthanded and seconds away from a third consecutive defeat, St. Louis instead pulled off its most inspiring win of the season Thursday in San Jose. After pulling goalie Ty Conklin to get back to a 5-on-5 skating situation, the Blues got the tying goal from defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo with seven seconds left in regulation. T.J. Oshie then netted the decisive shootout goal to beat the Sharks, 3-2.

"A really good finish," Conklin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We've been on the other end of that a couple of times recently. It's certainly nice to be on the winning side and get one late there. You want to win the game, but it's always exciting to win the game like that."

Kings -- The offense is starting to produce again for Los Angeles, which has scored 12 goals during its current three-game winning streak. That includes a six-spot the Kings put up against the Senators on Thursday, getting a go-ahead, power-play goal by Drew Doughty and a couple late put-away scores from Justin Williams in a 6-3 victory.

"We've won three in a row, and we've won them in three different fashions," Williams said. "The thing I'm happy about is, good teams and great teams find a way to win games when they're not at their best.

"We were definitely not at our best. We were loose tonight, but we ended up coming away with two points. We came away with what we wanted to get. I know that next game, we're going to be better and hopefully start a little ball rolling here."

Who's Hot -- Colaiacovo has two goals and four points in his last five games for the Blues. Fellow defenseman Erik Johnson has three goals and six points in his last eight.

Kings defenseman Randy Jones has goals in two straight and four in just 11 games this season. Forward Brad Richardson has also lit the lamp in consecutive games after not having a point through his first 26 games. Forward Wayne Simmonds scored on a penalty shot against the Senators and has four goals and two assists during a five-game points streak.

Stat pack -- Jones is enjoying life in California -- the ex-Flyer is just one goal shy of his career-high of five, which he registered in 71 games for Philadelphia two seasons ago. His nine points are already one more than he had in 47 games there last season.

Puck drop -- The Kings have quietly recorded 17 wins, tied for second-most in the Western Conference. The Blues have more points than games played, but still sit fifth in the ultra-competitive Central Division.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?i...vid=sb:preview



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Rob Scuderi - Lower body (Questionable for Dec. 5 vs. St. Louis)
Brandon Segal - Lower body (Out until at least mid-December)
Andrei Loktionov - Shoulder (IR. Out until at least mid-December)
Ryan Smyth - Upper body (IR. Out until at least mid-December)

ST LOUIS
Eric Brewer - Lower body (IR. Out until at least early December)
D.J. King - Hand (IR. Out until at least late December)

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/injuries



RECENT MEETINGS
10/10/09 - LAK @ STL 2-1 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Blues: 63-87-22-1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQn_qRXFukw
http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=27155




LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
........................
Kopitar, LA...........................Perron, STL
34PTS (14G / 20 A, +5).................17PTS (9 G / 8 A, -1)



Defensemen
...........................
Doughty, LA...............................Johnson, STL
21PTS (7 G / 14 A, +6)................18PTS (4 G / 14 A, +6)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
LOS ANGELES
Frolov - Kopitar - Williams
Purcell - Stoll - Brown
Parse- Handzus - Simmonds
Ivanans - Richardson - Harrold

O'Donnell - Doughty
Johnson - Jones
Drewiske - Greene


ST LOUIS
Perron - McDonald - Boyes
Oshie - Tkachuk - Backes
Kariya - McClement - Crombeen
Winchester - Berglund - Janssen

Jackman - Polak
Colaiacovo - Johnson
Sydor - Weaver



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
...........................
Quick, LA - 27 GP (16-9-2).......Mason, STL- 19 GP (7-8-4)
GAA 2.68 / SV% .900.............GAA 2.29 / SV% .923

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm



TEAM STATS
Goals Scored Per Game:
LA 2.97 (T-9th)
STL 2.42 (26th)

Goals Given Up Per Game:
LA 2.93 (T-20th)
STL 2.54 (9th)

Power Play %:
LA 20.2 (15th)
STL 12.5 (30th)

Penalty Kill %:
LA 76.4 (27th)
STL 84.6 (4th)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm



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