KINGS (28-14-5) at BLUES (32-8-5)
5:00PM PT, TV: NBC Sports Network; RADIO: AM 1150
YOU CAN FIND ME IN: The Kings are in St. Louis tonight for their third and final meeting with the Blues this season. Both clubs have swapped victories on home ice, the Kings beating St. Louis 3-2 on December 2 at STAPLES Center, the Blues downing the Kings 5-0 January 2 at Scottrade Center. Can the Kings claim two points in the rubber-match tonight in Missouri?
OL’ BLUE: The Blues are surging (8-1-1), and the Kings are treading (3-6-1) respectively in their previous 10 contests. St. Louis has been rock-solid in their home building this season, going 18-3-2 in 23 games played at Scottrade Center. Can the Kings string together their second consecutive win tonight against a hot club in hostile confines?
THE LAST TIME WE WERE THERE: The last time the Kings skated in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, which was also where and when they played their last road game on January 2, it was a night of misery. It was a game the Kings wanted to forget immediately, falling 5-0 to the Blues – which was their fifth-consecutive loss at the time. Since that horrendous night 13 days ago, the Kings have gone 3-1-1, bagging 7 of a 10 possible points available for the taking in the standings.
JUST LIKE OLD TIMES: Dating back to October 18, 2011, the Kings are 7-2-0 against St. Louis in nine regular season meetings. If you include postseason meetings into the mix during that time-frame, the Kings are 15-4-0 against the Blues in their past 19 matchups. Can the Kings toss their January 2 blunder in St. Louis behind and beat the Blues tonight?
ROUTE 73 CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION: The Kings’ previous win against St. Louis came on December 2, when they beat the Blues 3-2 at STAPLES Center. Tyler Toffoli, who was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, scored two goals in that contest, including the game-tying and game-winning goal. Who fills Toffoli’s skates and steps up against St. Louis tonight?
COLOR THE BLUES BROWN: Dustin Brown has returned as a regular to the score sheet recently, potting three goals in the Kings’ last five contests. Brown has struggled mightily offensively this season, recording just 16 points (10G, 6A) in 46 games played this season. Can the Captain continue his offensive rebound tonight in St. Louis?
CREASE CAROUSEL: Ben Scrivens, who was traded to the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is the only Kings’ goaltender to beat the Blues this season. Scrivens made 27 saves on December 2 in the Kings’ 3-2 win.
St. Louis’ Brian Elliott, who shutout the Kings on January 2 in the Blues’ 5-0 win, will be riding pine tonight. Jaroslav Halak, who made 20 saves in the Blues’ 3-2 loss to the Kings on December 2, will be between the pipes for St. Louis in the third go-around.
Tonight will be Jonathan Quick’s first and only regular season appearance against the St. Louis Blues. Both clubs met twice during Quick’s 24-game stint on the IR.
Can #32 silence the folks at Scottrade Center tonight?
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the game on NBC Sports Network at Scottrade Center, puck-drop at 5:00 PT.
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