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10-10-2009, 07:12 AM
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Los Angeles @ St. Louis - 10/10/09 - 5PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(2-1-0, 4 pts)

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St Louis Blues
(2-1-0, 4 pts)




5:00PM (PST) @ Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Away), FS-MW (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM


GAME PREVIEW
Season series -- First of four meetings this season. St. Louis was the playoff team last season, but Los Angeles had the upper hand in the season series, winning three of four games and outscoring its opponent by a 15-7 margin. The Blues did win the final game by a 2-0 final during their late surge up the Western Conference standings.

Big Story -- This is take two for the Blues, who looked like world-beaters in sweeping their two games from the Red Wings in the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm. Then they returned home with a clunker against the Thrashers. The Kings, meanwhile, begin a six-game road trip by seeking their third straight win after a season-opening loss to the Coyotes.

Kings -- You don't make too much over one game, and Los Angeles quickly recovered from a 6-3 loss to Phoenix to begin its season. Victories against San Jose and Minnesota followed, and now the Kings get to test their mettle by playing away from the Staples Center for the next 10 days.

"We are getting out on the road for the first time bringing everyone together," coach Terry Murray said. "Just getting to know each other and the new guys, getting to know them by hanging out and doing things on the road. I feel when you play on the road early in the season it helps to solidify things a little faster. You know you are playing in enemy territory, the advantage/disadvantages of being the visiting team is pretty clear in this business.

"You have to be ready to go every night, bring your 'A' game every shift, and its a good challenge for us."

Blues -- Overshadowed by the four points they brought home from Stockholm was the fact St. Louis actually had to come back from two-goal deficits in both victories against Detroit. Playing from behind finally caught up with them against Atlanta, which grabbed a 3-1 lead and held on for a 4-2 win. It was a disappointing homecoming in front of a Scottrade Center crowd getting its first look at the Blues since last season's playoff ouster at the hands of Vancouver. More will be expected on Saturday.

"I don't think any of us are happy with how we played," Blues goalie Chris Mason told the Belleville News-Democrat. "That's not our style of hockey, we all know that and there's no excuse for it.

"We said all the right things before the game, but it's one thing saying them and another thing doing them. I don't think we were ready to play."

Who's Hot -- The Kings' top line of Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams is smoking. In three games, Kopitar has three goals and eight points, Smyth has three goals and six points and Williams has one goal and four points. They're also a combined plus-six.

Keith Tkachuk is listed as 37, but he's started the season playing like a man nearly half his age. Tkachuk has three goals and six points in the Blues' first three games.

Puck Drop -- Acquired in an offseason trade with Colorado, the value of a veteran like Smyth can't be understated, according to his coach: "It takes a couple of veterans like Ryan Smyth to set the example," Murray said. "It's only three games in, but you can see some of the stuff he brings. The younger guys are watching and doing the same."

-- Brian Hunter, NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2009020056



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Alec Martinez - Lower body (Questionable for Oct. 10 at St. Louis)

ST LOUIS
Eric Brewer - Back & knee / IR. (Out indefinitely)
Barret Jackman - Ankle / IR. (Out until at least late October)

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RECENT MEETINGS
10/24/08 - LAK @ STL 4-0 (Kings)
11/08/08 - STL @ LAK 5-3 (Kings)
12/11/08 - STL @ LAK 6-2 (Kings)
03/24/09 - LAK @ STL 2-0 (Blues)

*Kings All-Time Record vs St. Louis: (62-87-22-1)

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LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 8PTS (3 G / 5 A, +2)
Tkachuk, STL - 6PTS (3 G / 3 A, +1)

Defensemen
Doughty, LA - 4PTS (1 G / 3 A, +2)
Johnson, STL - 3PTS (0 G / 3 A, +2)

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PROBABLE STARTERS
Quick, LA - 3 GP (2-1-0)
GAA 4.33 / SV% .852

Mason, STL - 3 GP (1-1-0)
GAA 3.03 / SV% .891

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TEAM STATS
GAA
LA 4.33 (29th)
STL 3.33 (T-15th)

Avg. Goals
LA 5.00 (T-1st)
STL 3.67 (T-6th)

Power Play %
LA 41.7 (3rd)
STL 33.3 (T-7th)

Penalty Kill %
LA 36.4 (30th)
STL 75.0 (T-17th)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



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10-10-2009, 09:03 AM
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Very nice GDT!
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That's 5 points. You're making us look worse than we really are.

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That 7th place is looking good

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10-10-2009, 10:41 AM
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Gotta love that the top 2 young Defenseman(imo) are the leading scoring defenseman for each team.

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This is going to be a very close game depending solely on our PK situation and response. Look at those leading scorers and look at those rankings. 3rd in power play and last in penalty kill Second in average goals scored and last in goals against avereage We are an all or nothing score 6+ goals or lose team at the moment. The three big factors of the game are going to be how our defense responds - if they can step it up, how well the shutdown line handles the oppositions, and if the line that shall remain nameless can continue to shine and erase our mistakes. This is going to be a good one, but with a dangerous potential for disaster.

Luckily I get a +100 optimism modifier when I enter GDT's so Kings win 5-4. GO KINGS!

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Great GDT as usual. Think you have the GAA and Average Goals switched though

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That's 5 points. You're making us look worse than we really are.
And when you say "5 points", you no doubt mean "4 points".......

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Those standings are hilarious. I would love to see the season end like that.

DJ King is in Peoria for a conditioning assignment, Raitis isn't going to have a dance partner unless Janssen is in the lineup.

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It always seems to be an entertaining game whenever we play the Blues. Kings Win 5-3

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The Blues without Eric Brewer and Barret Jackmen is a big lost for them.

For a win Brown, Stoll, Purcell need to have a very good game for us to have a victory.

GO KINGS!!!

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The Blues without Eric Brewer and Barret Jackmen is a big lost for them.

For a win Brown, Stoll, Purcell need to have a very good game for us to have a victory.

GO KINGS!!!
On paper it seems that way but Brewer has been hurt for awhile now and with Jackman getting hurt Pieterangelo gets to play.

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Mason has shut us out 4 times in 7 games.

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OUCH our PK at 37%. It upsets my stomach. Please dont take penalties, PLEASE!


If the Kings use the points like they did against Minnesota and crash the net, I see this as a win. Mason is far better than Harding and St.Louis will be coming hard.

Telos' optimism may have rubbed off on me --Kings win 4-3.

Go KINGS GO!

Go KINGS GO!


Go KINGS GO!


Go KINGS GO!

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I'm more worried about playing the Blues than I was about the Sharks. They've got a fiesty young team led by a few crafty vets, nearly a mirror image of the Kings at this point. Should be a great game.

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I think this is going to be a good test for the first line. St. Louis has an awesome checking line and with last change they're going to have McClement draped all over Kopitar all game.

It's also going to be a good test for the defense, since St. Louis has a stronger forecheck than the teams we've played so far. Doughty and Johnson both need to be careful and stick with the safe plays to get the puck out of the zone.

No Brewer or Jackman takes out a considerable amount of grit from their defense (although Roman Polak is still no fun to camp out in front of the net with). Not that this has been a problem but the Kings have no excuse for not crashing the net tonight.

EDIT: Based on his slow start, Berglund might be sitting tonight, and Alex Pietrangelo will be making his season debut. Blues' defense will probably look like:

Sydor-Johnson
Polak-Colaiacovo
Weaver-Pietrangelo

... I don't want to get our hopes up but that isn't very intimidating.


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5-3 Blues in a close competitive battle.

STAY OUT OF THE BOX

That PK is going to haunt us, and I can see us having trouble with their speed. If there's anything going for us, it will be our slight size advantage up front. Use the body, out muscle the opponents and drive hard to the net.

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Anyone seen any planned online streams for this game yet? I don't see anything on atdhe or myp2p. maybe its to early and they will pop up later.

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Pregame:

Quote:
"Theyre dangerous."

And this is coming from Blues coach Andy Murray, speaking on his former team.

But the statement unfortunately also applies to the Kings penalty kill, currently ranked worst in the league at an abysmal 36.4% success rate, a full 20% lower than Montreal, the 29th ranked team. Safe to say, killing penalties effectively will be a key to the game tonight.

The Kings line-up will be identical to the last game's, with Trevor Lewis watching the contest in a suit and tie.
http://www.lakingsnews.com/2009/10/p...oad-vs-st.html

I think the Kings can pull this one out. I'm hoping to see a strong games from Brown and Johnson, and a little more steady control from Greene, who has been good but prone to looking at the puck for too long.

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Either way, I bet we will look back in March and think this was a huge 4-point swing.

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I'm just glad the Kings are getting their longest road trip of the season over with at the beginning.

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I will be there in section 120. Hope it is a big Friday for LA sports teams in St. Louis.
Go Kings. Start off this long road trip with a win.
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