STARS (17-12-6) at KINGS (25-8-4)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 1150
This is the second of three meetings with the Dallas Stars this season, and the final one at STAPLES Center. The Kings won the first date on October 19, beating the Stars 5-2 in Los Angeles as Anze Kopitar (3A) and Justin Williams (2G, 1A) chimed in with three points apiece, and Matt Greene potted two points (1G, 1A). Can the Kings put up another impressive offensive performance against their former Pacific Division rival tonight?
The Kings are 19-2-2 when scoring first in a game this season, and 14-0-0 when entering the third period with a lead. The Kings overcame an early deficit on October 19 against the Stars, when Tyler Seguin buried the first goal for Dallas 8:49 into the contest. Justin Williams responded with two goals in 3:01 minutes, and the Kings never looked back. Can the Kings strike early tonight?
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
The Kings are 3-0-0 at STAPLES Center on their current four-game home stand, outscoring opponents 10-3 in those contests combined. The Kings struggled against the Stars at home last season, going 1-2-0 in Dallas’ three visits to Los Angeles. The Kings only win at home against the Stars last year came on April 21, when Mike Richards banked a pass off of Jeff Carter in OT to seal the win for the Kings.
Justin Williams scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season for the Kings in their 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday afternoon. That is Williams’ only point, though; in the Kings last six games. Williams likes to play Dallas, and has notched 25 points (12G, 13A) in 29 career games against the Stars. Can he find success against the Stars tonight?
The Dallas Stars are looking to record a point in their fourth consecutive game tonight – which would be a season high for them. Kings goaltender Martin Jones, though, is seeking his ninth straight victory, and will likely get the nod from Darryl Sutter tonight. Jones is 8-0-0 with a .966 SV% and a 0.98 GAA. Dallas’ ninth-ranked offense will need to be at their best for any hopes of extending their point streak tonight against Martin Jones and the Kings.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE:
Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00PM on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck-drop at 7:30.