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11-06-2008, 07:29 AM
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Florida @ Los Angeles - 11/6/08 - 7:30 PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(3-6-2, 8 pts)

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Florida Panthers
(4-6-1, 9 pts)


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


TV Broadcast: FSN-W (Home), PPV (AWAY)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205

GAME PREIVEW As a young team, the Florida Panthers have struggled finding an identity on the road in the early going. They get another chance to begin forging one on Thursday night when they continue their five-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Panthers (4-6-1) have just three points from their first six road games - going 1-4-1 - and are 0-3-1 during a current four-game losing streak overall. But with three days to regroup after a 5-3 defeat at Atlanta on Sunday in which they showed little jump at the outset, first-year coach Peter DeBoer is trying to get the message through to his players to start fast.

"We didn't have a good first period," Panthers forward Nathan Horton said about Sunday's loss to the team's official Web site. "That controls the game. If you have a good first period, a good start, you can build on that. That's what we want."

Horton will have to carry more of the offensive burden since leading goal-scorer Cory Stillman did not make the trip after suffering a concussion and facial lacerations on Sunday. It is unknown if center Stephen Weiss will miss his fifth straight game due to a groin injury, while puck-moving defenseman Bryan McCabe, who has missed Florida's last 10 games, is still day-to-day with a back injury.

The Kings (3-6-2) also are struggling in the early going, and currently mired in a five-game losing streak (0-3-2) after a 1-0 overtime loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. Erik Ersberg earned another start after stopping 26 shots before conceding the game-winner by Chris Pronger 40 seconds into the extra period.

"I think I played pretty well, we got one point, I guess that's good," said Ersberg, whose only previous action was two relief appearances of Jason LaBarbera in the first 10 games. "After the game you're just upset because you lost. It's my first start and it's really fun to be out there on the ice and get some shots. I guess it's a good game to build on. Hopefully next time we can get two points."

Scoring goals at Staples Center has been an issue for Los Angeles, which has been shut out three times in eight games there. Ten of its 18 goals came in its two wins, and its current five-game home losing streak is the longest since also going 0-3-2 from Oct. 12-22, 2006.

Coach Terry Murray is also concerned about his special teams. The power play has gone 4-for-41 (9.8 percent) the last eight games after scoring three times with the man advantage in a 6-3 win Oct. 14. While the Kings did kill five penalties Tuesday, Pronger's goal came four seconds after Wayne Simmonds' hooking penalty that carried over from the third period expired.

"It comes down to the special teams again," Murray bristled. "I thought we played very well against that hockey club five-on-five, but the special team part of the game right now is coming back at us. Our power play needs to get something going."

The Kings have won the last three games between the teams, but it is the first meeting since a 7-0 victory Feb. 3, 2007, in which Alexander Frolov had two goals and two assists.




INJURIESLOS 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
John Zeiler (Strained groin on 10/03/08) IR

FLORIDA
Bryan Allen (Left knee surgery on 10/16/08) IR
Gregory Campbell (Hip injury on 10/24/08) IR
Bryan McCabe (Lower back strain on 10/11/08) IR
Cory Murphy (Strained shoulder on 10/26/08) IR
Cory Stillman (Facial lacerations on 11/03/08) day-to-day
Stephen Weiss (Groin injury on 10/25/08) IR



RECENT MEETINGS02/03/07 - Kings @ Panthers 7-0 (Kings win)
12/10/05 - Panthers @ Kings 3-1 (Kings win)
11/05/03 - Kings @ Panthers 3-2 (Kings win)

*All-Time Series is tied. (8-8-3)



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Frolov, LA - 7 points (4 G, 3 A, +1)
Stillman, FLA - 9 points (5 G, 4 A, +3)

Defensemen

Quincey, LA - 5 points (1 G, 4 A, +3)
Ballard, FLA - 10 points (2 G, 8 A, +2)



PROBABLE STARTERSErsberg, LA - 3 GP Record: 0-1-1 GAA 1.43 SV% .927
Vokoun, FLA - 8 GP Record: 3-5-0 GAA 2.86 SV% .913



TEAM STATS
GAA:
LA 2.73 (12th in NHL)
FLA 3.09 (19th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA 2.46 (28th in NHL)
FLA 2.27 (29th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA 13.6 (28th in NHL)
FLA 11.4 (30th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
:
LA 87.8 (5th in NHL)
FLA 75.5 (T-23rd in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



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11-06-2008, 08:40 AM
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Will u put up lineups aswell when they are availble? I'm really intrested in Moller, who is he playing with? Only seen him in the WJC and will hopefully be able to see a kingsgame sometime soon.

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Not that it matters much John.....but I believe that Zeiler is no longer on the IR and that he was assigned to Manchester....other than that another good job.

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what a homestand eh? it'll be an interesting match up tonight.

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It looks like amatchup of two teams just about at the same palce in standings and stats except for PK.

I'm hoping EE turns out another brilliant performance and starts putting it in the coaches (and the naysayers on this site) mind's that he is the #1 Goaltender on this team, whether he is annointed as it or not.

Also looking for Sully's Line to get pucks at the net and drive hard to the net as well, even though I would like to see the K-B-O line reunited.

I wonder if Kopitar is having nightmares about missing the Doughty goalmouth pass the other night. I would if I missed that!

Should be exciting to watch. If nothing else, they have been that.

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I like the Panthers, I just want them to lose badly tonight.

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This is a game that needs to be won without exception. ITonight the team breaks out.

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I'm surprised to see Phoenix and Dallas only 2 points ahead of us. Its a must win game tonight.

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Should be a low scoring game...

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Kopitar with the hatty.

Dustin Brown with a game misconduct.

Ersberg gets his first assist!

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6-3 Panthers

Finally starting to get healthy... McCabe is finally back!!!

Hope its a good and healthy game!

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Should be a good game. . .this will be the first time I've seen the Panthers play the Kings.

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Should be a good game. . .this will be the first time I've seen the Panthers play the Kings.
Live???? or ever????

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Some bounces finally have to start going the Kings' way.

4-1 Home team.

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Not only is this a must win game, its a must produce game for our top line. They have to get it going. look at how the ducks were playing at the start of the year, then a few games later Getzlaf and Perry just explode offensively. Its got to happen soon for us.

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Not only is this a must win game, its a must produce game for our top line. They have to get it going. look at how the ducks were playing at the start of the year, then a few games later Getzlaf and Perry just explode offensively. Its got to happen soon for us.
Perry and especially Getzlaf have really turned it on lately. I hope Brown and Kopitar are taking notes.

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4 years ago.

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2-0 panthers. Kings run into another "hot" goalie and Ersberg can only do so much.

(I hope its 8-1 kings, If, and thats IF they win, they will win by a large margin IMO. if not, i stand by my 2-0).

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Not only is this a must win game, its a must produce game for our top line. They have to get it going. look at how the ducks were playing at the start of the year, then a few games later Getzlaf and Perry just explode offensively. Its got to happen soon for us.
Riz,

I think you will be copying and pasting this quote for the next 50 games until we are officially out of the playoffs.

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im excited we get to see a DIFFERENT team tonight. Im definately liking the new schedule where we play every team at least once..

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Florida wins..

Booth, J-Bo, and Olesz score..

3-1, Panthers.

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Kings win 4-1.

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