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01-28-2010, 10:25 AM
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Los Angeles Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/28/10 - 4PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(30-19-3, 63pts)

VS.


Columbus Blue Jackets
(21-25-9, 51 pts)





4:00PM (PST) @ Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH


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


GAME PREIVEW
Last 10: Los Angeles 6-4-0; Columbus 5-5-0.

Season series: This is the third of four regular-season meetings between the Kings and Blue Jackets. The teams have split the first two meetings, with each club winning at home.

Big story: The Kings are trying to extend two winning streaks -- they've won three in a row overall and four consecutive games on the road. Columbus still resides near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, but is desperate to claw its way back into playoff contention after a rough month of December in which the Jackets only managed two wins. The Jackets helped themselves by beating Nashville 3-2 at home on Tuesday.

Team Scope:

Kings: This season has marked a resurgence for Los Angeles. Although the Kings have not made the playoffs since 2001-02, they appear poised to finally make a return to the postseason as they currently sit solidly in sixth place in the tightly packed Western Conference standings.

The club was happy with its 5-3 win at Toronto on Tuesday, which marked the second straight successful showing on its current five-game road trip.

"Obviously it's a huge two points for us," captain Dustin Brown said. "We got out of the first. We didn't play a great period, but it was 1-1. It was one of those things where these two points are bigger than we've had at any other point of the year."

Blue Jackets: After a dismal December, the Jackets have an opportunity to finish slightly over .500 for January if they can beat the Kings at home and win at St. Louis on Saturday. However, if they hope to make it back into the playoff race, they will definitely need to string together a substantial winning streak; the Jackets' 51 points are good for only 14th place in the West.

They'll try to build on Tuesday's win over the Predators, a team that has dominated them in the past four seasons. It wasn't easy -- the Jackets led 3-0 midway through the third period and had to hang on. Coach Ken Hitchcock was fully aware that it was sophomore goalie Steve Mason that sealed the game with some spectacular saves late in the third period.

"Our goalie was the best player on the ice and we needed him today," Hitchcock said. "He can win games, like tonight, by himself."

Who's hot: Defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist in the Kings' win at Toronto and is currently third among Western Conference defenseman with 40 points. Left wing Kristian Huselius has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in his last six games for Columbus.

Stat pack: Los Angeles is second in the West with an average of 27.8 shots against per game. Columbus has struggled with protecting early leads this season; the Jackets are last in the NHL with only a .438 winning percentage when leading after the first period.

Puck drop: Kings coach Terry Murray is very much aware that his team can't afford any stumbles as it tries to break its playoff drought.

"It's not going to change," Murray said of the tight Western Conference race. "It's going to stay close. Unless we get a big push on, and unless you're able to go 10 or 12 games in a row here, as a team, you're not going to pull away. It's going to be interesting and exciting and fun to be a part of it, right down to the end."



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Justin Williams - Leg IR. (Out until at least late March)
Davis Drewiske - Upper body IR. (Out until at least late January)
Andrei Loktionov - Shoulder IR. (Out until at least early March)

COLUMBUS
Rostislav Klesla - Leg IR. (Out until at least early February)
Marc Methot - Illness (Questionable for Jan. 28 vs. Los Angeles)



PREVIOUS MEETINGS
10/25/09 - CBJ @ LAK 6-2 (Kings)
10/17/09 - LAK @ CBJ 4-1 (Blue Jackets)




*Kings All Time Record against Columbus: 16-14-1-3



INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Forwards
.....................................
Kopitar, LA.........................................Nash, CBJ
50PTS (20 G / 31 A, +6)..................50PTS (24 G / 26 A, -13)

Defensemen
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Doughty, LA..........................................Stralman, CBJ
40PTS (10 G / 30 A, +15).......................26PTS (4 G / 22 A, -13)



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
...................................
Quick, LA 47GP (28-16-3)...........................Mason, CBJ 39GP (13-17-6)
GAA 2.60 / SV%.905.............................GAA 3.26 / SV% .892



PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
LOS ANGELES
Richardson - Kopitar - Simmonds
Smyth - Stoll - Brown
Frolov - Handzus - Parse
Ivanans - Moller - Segal

Scuderi - Doughty
Johnson - Harrold
O'Donnell - Greene

COLUMBUS
Huselius - Vermette - Nash
Umberger - Brassard - Vorcek
Modin - Pahlsson - Clark
Torres - Dorsett - Boll

Tyutin - Stralman
Hedja - Commodore
Russell - Jurcina



TEAM STATS
Goals Scored Per Game:
LA – 2.86 (9th)
CBJ – 2.60 (19th)

Goals Given Up Per Game:
LA – 2.75 (15th)
CBJ – 3.16 (27th)

Power Play %:
LA – 18.3 (T-14th)
CBJ – 20.7 (7th)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 79.3 (24th)
CBJ – 82.4 (14th)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS


NHL GAMES TODAY



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keep the streak alive boys!!!!

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Man Doughty has 40 pts...Kopi and Nash with 50pts... Doughty is the man. Wonder if there are still hard feelings toward Scuds

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Man Doughty has 40 pts...Kopi and Nash with 50pts... Doughty is the man. Wonder if there are still hard feelings toward Scuds
Chimera is in washington now, so probably not.

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Man Doughty has 40 pts...Kopi and Nash with 50pts... Doughty is the man. Wonder if there are still hard feelings toward Scuds

Chimera's been traded, so probably not.

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Wonder if there are still hard feelings toward Scuds
I believe Scuds & Chimera spoke to each other on the phone a week after the incident and cleared everything up. . .

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Columbus is 4 games below .500. Kings have to beat teams like this, and my newly-formed expectations are requiring it!!!

GO KINGS!

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Line-ups for the CBJ are close but a few minor things:

1. Dorsett out - Murray in

and

2.
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The Blue Jackets will have two players out of tonight's lineup with the flu, coach Ken Hitchcock said. He would not reveal the players, but added that one is a significant contributor.
http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2010/01...es_again.shtml

so, who knows how that will affect things.

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Line-ups for the CBJ are close but a few minor things:

1. Dorsett out - Murray in

and

2.

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2010/01...es_again.shtml

so, who knows how that will affect things.
Well thats good news for the kings, thanks for the info!

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What the hell happened to Steve Mason?

The wrong guy won the Calder last year... that's for sure.


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BTW...I missed out on posting in the FGOTG thread for the first time a few games back, and haven't picked in any game since then....and the Kings have been winning ever since....so I won't be picking today either! Sucks, because I was doing ok in the contest..... But I'd rather have the wins!

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Flu update:

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D Anton Stralman and D Milan Jurcina both out tonight vs. LAK with the flu.
http://twitter.com/Aportzline

Portzline is the CBJ beat reporter.

Methot has been out with the flu, not sure whether he is ready to come back yet or whether that would leave us with 5 d.

Commodore - Hejda
Tyutin - Methot?
Russell - Roy


and Chris Mason plays for St. Louis - Steve for the CBJ.

As to what went wrong this season, he has played very inconsistently and the defense in front of him has been horrible. The CBJ seem to be capable of playing either offense or defense in any given game. When Mason has been "off" he has been really, really bad.

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What the hell happened to Chris Mason?

The wrong guy won the Calder last year... that's for sure.
Steve Mason. Your thinking of the Blues Goaltender.

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What the hell happened to Chris Mason?

The wrong guy won the Calder last year... that's for sure.
... LOL. "Chris" Mason. Always nice to get a chuckle in the morning.

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Steve Mason. Your thinking of the Blues Goaltender.
Thanks for giving me credit that I was thinking at all.

Fixed.

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Thanks for giving me credit that I was thinking at all.

Fixed.
Hey at least you didn't call him Mason Raymond. Points for being close

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My son's name is Mason and he is a GOALIE.

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Chimera always managed to score on us so, it's a good thing that he's no longer a jacket.

I just hope the kings don't come out flat.

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I've decided to get on board with the sexy pick avatars for the playoff push. If we lose this one, its back Pilkington for the rest of the decade.

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Really wish Chimera was still there, would have made the game more exciting. Oh well, let's see if psycho Jackets fan (w/e crazy's SN was) sits by the Kings and gets back at Scuderi like he threatened.

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Kings just gotta keep getting points. I hope they stay focused and aren't looking past the Jackets to the Devils.

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Thanks for giving me credit that I was thinking at all.

Fixed.
LMAO.

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