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10-14-2009, 10:50 AM
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Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers - 10/14/09 - 4PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(4-1-0, 8 pts)


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New York Rangers
(5-1-0, 10 pts)






4:00PM (PST) @ Madison Square Garden New York, NY


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Away), MSG (Home)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204
Online Video Stream: ATDHE.NET


GAME PREIVEW
Season Series -- In their only meeting last season, the Rangers won 3-2 in overtime in Los Angeles. Michael Rozsival scored on a penalty shot and scored again in overtime to carry the Blueshirts. The Kings have won four of the last six meetings, including their last three visits to Manhattan; they haven't lost at Madison Square Garden since Nov. 28, 2000.

Big Story -- It's a battle of teams that have combined to win nine straight games after losing their season openers. The Rangers have won five straight and the Kings have won four in a row. This is New York's third game in four nights, while Los Angeles is playing its third game of a six-game road trip.

TEAM SCOPE
Kings -- A lot of prognosticators were calling for big things from L.A. this season, and so far they've been right. But Ryan Smyth and the Kings aren't getting too far ahead of themselves.

"It's a great feeling, but we don't want to ride our highs too high and our lows too low," Smyth said after Monday's 2-1 win on Long Island. "We want to stay pretty even keel and enjoy our time."

After allowing six goals in a loss to the Coyotes to start the season, goaltender Jon Quick has allowed only 9 goals in 4 games, all wins.

"He is playing better every game," Kings coach Terry Murray said of Quick, who was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week.

Rangers -- There have been a lot of reasons for the hot start. Marian Gaborik (5 goals, 4 assists) has been worth every penny. The defense has been putting pucks in the net. But for coach John Tortorella, it's all about not letting up in the third period.

"We have had some good third periods ... and I think conditioning had something to do with it," Tortorella said after the Rangers' 7-2 win against Toronto on Monday.

The Rangers have outscored opponents in the third period 11-3 this season, and have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden dating to last season.

Who's Hot -- It's hard to tell if Gaborik is hot when he's been at the same temperature all season. If someone hasn't been cold, is there a way to tell if they're hot? For the Kings, Quick has won four straight, and Anze Kopitar has 4 goals and 6 assists out of the gate.

Stat Pack -- The Rangers have received 10 goals from defensemen this season, which equals or eclipses the goal totals of five teams.

Puck Drop -- This is the first of a four-game, six-day road schedule for the Kings. After they leave New York, it's off to Detroit, Columbus and Dallas before finally returning home to Los Angeles.

-- Dave Lozo, NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2009020076



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Alec Martinez - Lower body (Questionable for Oct. 14 at N.Y. Rangers)

NEW YORK
None.

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



RECENT MEETINGS
12/17/08 - NYR @ LAK 3-2 (Rangers, OT)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Rangers: 42-61-16-2

http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=27159



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 10PTS (4 G / 6 A, +2)
Gaborik, NYR - 9PTS (5 G / 4 A, +7)

Defensemen
Doughty, LA - 6PTS (2 G / 4 A, +3)
Del Zotto, NYR - 5PTS (2 G / 3 A, +1)

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


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

O'Donnell - Doughty
Johnson - Scuderi
Drewiske - Greene


NEW YORK
Prospal - Dubinsky - Gaborik
Higgins - Drury - Callahan
Avery - Anisimov - Lisin
Brashear - Boyle - Kotalik

Staal - Girardi
del Zotto - Rozsival
Gilroy - Redden


PROBABLE STARTERS
Ersberg, LA - 0 GP (0-0-0)
GAA 0.00 / SV% .000

Lundqvist, NYR - 5 GP (4-1-0)
GAA 2.42 / SV% .919

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



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 3.00 (T-17th)
NYR – 2.00 (T-3rd)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 3.80 (T-3rd)
NYR – 4.00 (T-1st)

Power Play %
LA – 33.3 (T-4th)
NYR – 22.6 (14th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 63.2 (T-27th)
NYR – 86.2 (6th)

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



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Nice GDT as usual! GO KINGS!

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Very nice GDT.

Been pulling for you guys in the west for a few years, though I may have to root against you tonight.

Here's to a good game.

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I'll be keeping my eye on Brown today. He seems to up his game when playing against the Rangers. Being an NY native probably has something to do with it.

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Nice GDT! Im looking forward to this game. We dont see these eastern teams as much and the Rangers are on a role. LETS GO KINGS!

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Good luck tonight guys, obviously I'm pulling for my boys, but the Kings have been pretty fun to watch so far this year.

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Got some money and some vcash riding on the Kings tonight. Don't disappoint!

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Should be fun tonight. I love the amount of awesome youth your team has. Unfortunately not rooting for them tonight.

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Wow, lots of NY fans posting.

It seems like NHL.com was hyping this game up yesterday with all the articles on the Kings/Rangers/Kopitar/Staal/Avery, etc.

Let's go Kings!!!

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Thanks for the GDT, as always. Here's to a good game and a King win 4-3

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Shame I won't be able to watch the game. Hopefully the radio doesn't cut out before I get home at 6:30. The signal gets unlistenable by the time I get to my apartment.

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It's going to be a bloodbath.

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Very excited for this game. Hopefully the Kings don't disappoint and come out strong.

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It's going to be a bloodbath.
I can't ever hear that and not think of Road Trip




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Ersberg is going to start?

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Yup. First start of the season.

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If Ersberg plays like we know he can we can definetly win, but the rangers have been playing very well.

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As long as this isn't a repeat of the Pho game I'll be ok with the result. Hope the boys can keep it close and pull it out in the end.

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Did anyone notice Boyles playing tonight? itll be interesting to see how he performs..
Go kings! 5-3

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Ersberg gets a shutout to start his season... Boyle looks bad in his first game versus his old team.

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Should be an awesome game tonight, hope Ersberg is ready.

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A couple of articles on this topic


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http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey...gers-1.1521707


http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pr.../64191597.html

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