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Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings - 10/22/09 - 7:30PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(5-4-0, 10 pts)


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Dallas Stars
(4-2-3, 11 pts)






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


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Home), FS-SW (Away)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 206
Online Video Stream: ATDHE.NET


GAME PREIVEW
Season series -- The teams will be squaring off for the second time in four days; the Kings beat the Stars 4-1 on Monday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Kings went 4-1-1 against the Stars last season, with four of the meetings requiring overtime or a shootout. Dallas has earned at least one point in 20 of its last 25 meetings (15-5-5) with the Kings.

Big Story -- Los Angeles will finally return to the friendly confines of Staples Center after trudging through a nine-day trip that included stops along the East Coast and in the Midwest. The Kings began their six-game road swing with triumphs over St. Louis and the New York Islanders before losing three straight to the Rangers, Red Wings and Blue Jackets. Eight players were suffering from flu-like symptoms the past week, including Alexander Frolov, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Smyth, Brad Richardson and Justin Williams. The Stars, who are playing their third game in four nights, are coming off a 4-2 win in Anaheim on

Team Scope
Stars -- The Stars will be going for a two-game sweep in Southern California after the 4-2 win at Anaheim on Wednesday, giving them eight of a possible 10 points at home.

"We had a really good first two periods," defenseman Trevor Daley said.

You can be sure they'll be looking for revenge after being soundly beaten at home by the Kings on Monday.

"There was a lack of desperation," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said the 4-1 loss. "L.A. came out fighting in the second period and we had a lackluster effort."

Kings -- The Kings have outshot their opponents in three of their last four games but have scored just nine goals in that span. Coach Terry Murray, whose team erupted for 4 goals on 32 shots against Marty Turco on Monday, thinks he has the solution.

"We have to go after it harder," Murray said. "If we're not making the pretty plays, then we have to get really dug in and get to the areas that, we're going to have to find a way to get it done in those places. But we've got to score, obviously. We've got to dig in. Our power play has taken a step backward on us now. Our entries are not as crisp as what they were in the first four games, and the offensive-zone play is not quite the same.

"I think I have to factor in the flu situation there, with our guys the last couple games. Some of the skill guys are just a little under the weather in that area, but you've got to find a way to get it done in a critical point in the game."

The Kings will have Frolov back in the lineup after he was scratched Monday night for lackluster play -- and likely with new linemates. He practiced Wednesday with center Michal Handzus and right wing Dustin Brown.

Who's hot -- The Stars are starting to get some production from their defense. The blueliners had just six points in Dallas' first seven games; they've produced seven (including two goals) in the last three.

Stat pack -- Mike Ribeiro led the Stars in scoring last season against the Kings, collecting 4 goals and 6 points six games. Since joining Dallas in 2006-07, Ribeiro has led all Stars players against Los Angeles, recording 28 points (10 goals) in 23 matches. Brad Richards has 2 goals and 14 points in 13 games against Los Angeles. The Kings' top line of Anze Kopitar, Smyth and Justin Williams has combined for 14 goals and 36 points in their first nine games -- Smyth and Kopitar lead the way with 13 points apiece.

Puck drop -- Look for the Kings to have some extra jump in their skates as they play in front of their home fans for the first time since a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 8. The Stars are in the midst of their second three-game road swing of the season as following tonight's meeting with the Kings, the club will travel to St. Louis.

--Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?i...vid=sb:preview



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Alec Martinez - Lower body (Out until at least late October)
Justin Williams - Lower Body (Doubtful for Tonights Game vs Dallas)

DALLAS
Jere Lehtinen - Abdomen (IR. Out until at least late October)
Mike Modano - Ribs (IR. Out until at least late October)
Brad Richards - Groin (Questionable for Oct. 22 at Los Angeles)

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



RECENT MEETINGS
10/19/09 - LAK @ DAL 4-1 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Stars: 69-91-32-5

http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=21262



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Smyth, LA - 13PTS (6 G / 7 A, +0)
Morrow, DAL - 10PTS (6 G / 4 A, +5)

Defensemen
Doughty, LA - 6PTS (2 G / 4 A, +1)
Robidas, DAL - 6PTS (2 G / 4 A, +9)

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


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

Drewiske - Doughty
Johnson - Scuderi
O'Donnell - Greene


DALLAS
Benn - Ribeiro - Morrow
Neal - Wandell - Eriksson
Brunnstrom - Petersen - Ott
Wathier - Sutherby - Barch

Grossman - Robidas
Skrastins - Daley
Woywitka - Fistric


PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
Quick, LA - 8 GP (5-3-0)
GAA 2.88 / SV% .900

Auld, DAL - 2 GP (2-0-0)
GAA 2.50 / SV% .909

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



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA – 3.22 (23rd)
DAL – 2.56 (8th)

Avg. Goals For
LA – 3.11 (15th)
DAL – 3.22 (T-11th)

Power Play %
LA – 20.9 (14th)
DAL– 18.4 (19th)

Penalty Kill %
LA – 68.4 (29th)
DAL– 71.0 (27th)

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



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There's a lot going FOR us with this game:

- Dallas is playing their third game in four nights
- Richards, Modano, and Lehtinen are still injured
- Frolov has something to prove
- new line combos with Frolov-Handzus-Brown looking great
- first home game in almost 2 weeks
- rested, healthy Kings

I don't see how we don't win this, but because I'm superstitious of jinxes, I'll say 4-3 Stars, with Murray holding a public execution for Frolov between the 2nd and 3rd periods.

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Awesome GDT. GO KINGS GO!!!

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All I can do is cheer for them. I'm not making any predictions. Just hope for a good game and some points.

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We got this. How sweet would it be to beat them once, have them come to town and beat the quacks, then beat them again. That would start my weekend off juuuuust right.
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Awesome GDT. GO KINGS GO!!!
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Break those....chains that bind you.
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I'll be there in PR1!! Can't believe I scored those tix for $22 a piece. GO KINGS!!!!!

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I wonder what Frolov will do tonight. Hatrick?

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Awesome GDT. GO KINGS GO!!!
Kinda reminds me of synchronized skating. I'm feeling it tonight guys, its gonna be an 8 goal game for the Kings... We lose 9-8 j/k. Feeling the 8 goals though...8-2 LA.

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In years past, teams like this that should have been easy pickings for the Kings, weren't. Hopefully the team has improved and matured enough that they will take advantage of a team that's not healthy and playing the 2nd game of a back-to-back.

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Is this where the term "white man's overbite" originated? Just wonderin'.

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If Fro scores hat trick but makes one mistake of turning over a puck that led to a goal or GT/GW goal..., do we hate him?

Seriously though, Hope Kings pull a win and Fro plays a great game with GWG.

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I just heard via twitter that Jason Williams has the dreaded lower body injury and is doubtful for the game tonight. Doubtful is better than definitely out, i guess.

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I just heard via twitter that Jason Williams has the dreaded lower body injury and is doubtful for the game tonight. Doubtful is better than definitely out, i guess.
That's too bad for the Red Wings.

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... Marty Turco, too decrepit to play back-to-back games, will sit tonight in favor of backup Alex Auld. Alexander Frolov will return for the Kings, although Rich Hammond reported this morning that Justin Williams is unlikely to play as he left practice with a “lower-body injury”. In the tradition of amusing guesses, I’m going with a severe case of chafed thighs...

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Lets go Kings!!

I have a feeling our PP is going to come alive this game. 3 goals on the PP, that's right.

Kings - 5 (Handzus, Smyth, Brown, Johnson, Frolov)
Dallas - 1 (Neal)

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This is about as brutal of a schedule for a month of hockey I've seen. I'm glad we're getting this out of the way now. A 6 game road trip, 3 back-to-backs. Ugh.

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