**OFFICIAL** GDT 12/14 - Kings vs. Capitals
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12-14-2005, 06:08 PM
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btw I had to make a change in the GDT... LaBarbera is getting the start tonight per the home game report on the Kings' website.
I looked over the game report and couldn't find it. I am going on the emailed one because that stupid website doesn't work on my computer
But this is what I have
Los Angeles Kings vs Washington Capitals | Wed, Dec. 14, 2005 at 7:30 pm (PST)
Television: FSNW | Radio: KSPN 710 | Listen Live! Online
Much has been made of the Kings offensive woes as of late (i.e. not netting more than three goals in a game in over three weeks). While L.A. took a big step forward in their 3-1 victory over Florida Saturday, there is no remedy for an ailing offense quite like a struggling defense. The Kings welcome the Washington Capitals and its 29th-ranked defense to STAPLES Center tonight. The game is the final game of a three-game homestand for Los Angeles, with the Kings splitting the first two games with Carolina and Florida.
While the Capitals defense has had a tough time of it this season, the Kings defense has stepped up the intensity lately. Mattias Norstrom and company have helped the Kings recover from the four-game slide earlier in the month that sent them from first to second place in the Pacific Division. Over the past three games, L.A. has allowed just 1.66 goals per game, including one-goal performances against Florida and Toronto. The Kings defense has been headed lately by three-year veteran Joe Corvo. Of the top six spots on the NHL's plus/minus list, Corvo remains the only non-Senator on the list, coming into tonight ranked fourth in the league with a +20.
L.A. has also benefited from the offensive prowess of Pavol Demitra and Dustin Brown. Both Demitra and Brown scored two goals in a game, with Brown netting two in Toronto while Demitra put up two against Florida. Demitra seems to own Washington, having posted six goals and five assists against the Capitals since Nov. 28, 1998. The Slovakia-native, who is tied for 10th in the league with 38 points and 16 goals, brings a five-game goals streak and an eight-game points streak against Washington into tonight's game.
Things have not gone smoothly for Washington this season, as the Capitals toil in the cellar of the Southeast Division. The Capitals (9-17-2) enter tonight's game with the 29th ranked defense in the league, allowing 3.96 goals per game, which is just .01 less than last place Pittsburgh. Despite its poor record, there is hope for the future in Washington and it comes in the form of rookie Alexander Ovechkin. The top pick in the 2004 NHL draft, Ovechkin has quickly made a name for himself around the league. As the main competition for Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the NHL's rookie of the year, Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 18 goals and 32 points. As a sign of the Capitals struggle this year, Ovechkin remains the only player on the Washington roster with more than seven goals or 18 points.
The Los Angeles Kings beat the Washington Capitals twice in two matches (2-0-0) during the 2003-04 season. They outscored the Capitals, 10-to-5 in the season series and 8-to-2 in the second and third periods of the series. On November 10, 2003 at MCI Center the Kings won 3-2, Trent Klatt had two goals while Sean Avery netted the game winner. On December 6, 2004 at STAPLES Center the Kings won 7-3 Kings with Michael Cammalleri had two goals including the game winner.
The Los Angeles Kings are 48-31-14 in 93 all-time meetings with the Washington Capitals and 27-13-7 in 47 all-time meetings in Los Angeles. The Kings are unbeaten in regulation against the Capitals in their last four contests dating back to the 2001-02 season, posting a record of 3-0-1 during that time. The Kings were last defeated in regulation by the Caps on February 10, 2001 at STAPLES Center; a 4-3 loss. The Kings are 5-1-2 against the Capitals with Andy Murray as their head coach.
Luc Robitaille and Jeremy Roenick rank first and second on the Kings in career points against the Capitals. Robitaille has 53 points (24-29=53) in 46 career games and Roenick has 31 points (12-19=31) in 36 career games. Pavol Demitra has also faired well against the Panthers during his career with 12 points (7-5=12) in 13 career games. Two other Kings who have found success against the Capitals are Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri. Frolov has amassed seven points (3-4=7) in three career games and Cammalleri has collected two goals in his one career match-up with the Capitals. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon is 2-1-0 in three career appearances against the Capitals with a 2.00 goals-against-average. Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera is 1-0-0 in one career game against the Caps with a 2.00 goals-against-average.
Jeff Friesen leads the Capitals with 35 points (18-17=35) in 41 career games against the Kings. Andrew Cassels is second on the Capitals with 22 points (4-18=22) in 34 career games and Dainius Zubrus is third on the list with seven points (3-4=7) in 10 career games against the Kings. Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig has 13 career appearances against the Kings. He's 3-7-3 in the 13 appearances with a 3.44 goals-against-average. Former King Bryan Muir now calls Washington home. Muir, who was signed by the Kings as a free agent on July 31, 2003, spent the majority of the 2003-04 season with the Manchester Monarchs, the primary AHL affiliate of the Kings, where he posted 50 points (13-37=50) and 141 penalty minutes in 73 games. He also collected a point (0-1=1) and two penalty minutes in two appearances with the Kings during that season.
A quick trip south on the 5 Freeway and the Kings will face off against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Arrowhead Pond this Friday December 16th at 7:30 PM (PST). Listen to the action on KSPN 710 AM or Listen Live! Online.
On Saturday December 17th the Kings return home to face off against Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 PM (PST). Individual Tickets are still available through ticketmaster.com or at STAPLES Center Box Office. Can't make it to the game? Catch the action on FSN West, KSPN 710 AM or Listen Live! Online.
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