Kings try to take stranglehold on series vs. Ducks
DUCKS (4-4) at KINGS (6-3)
7:00PM PT, TV: NBC SPORTS NETWORK; RADIO: AM 1150
GAME 3: With their 3-1 win Monday night in Anaheim, the Kings enter tonight’s third game of this playoff matchup with a 2-0 series lead, the fifth time in the last three seasons that the Kings have returned to STAPLES Center with such a lead in the playoffs. If the Kings win tonight, the Ducks will be the fifth opponent in the past three seasons to have fallen into a 0-3 hole against the Kings.
T-UP: One of the biggest strengths for the Kings during the postseason has been the roster’s depth, namely rookie forwards Tyler Toffoli (3G, 3A) and Tanner Pearson (1G, 3A), who have added youth, speed, and energy to a roster chalk-full of experience and leadership.
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On Pearson's experience relating to his raised play, and how young players gain Sutter's trust: http://t.co/kamyg0P2zs— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) May 8, 2014
D-UP: The Kings will be without defensemen Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell again for Game 3, but the blue-line corps looked quite stable Monday night during Game 2 as Jeff Schultz made his Kings debut, Matt Greene played in his third straight postseason game, and Alec Martinez rocketed home the game-winning goal, his second tally of the series.
Schultz saw 19:58 of ice time, laying two hits, blocking a pair of shots, and seeing a healthy amount of time on the Kings’ penalty kill unit.
Can the Kings’ defense continue to remain solid without the likes of Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell?
SHUT ‘EM DOWN: The Kings have held the Ducks’ offense to just three goals over the course of the first two games, keeping Anaheim’s two biggest threats, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, without goals. Getzlaf, though, has assisted on all three of Anaheim’s goals, while Perry has yet to touch the scoresheet with a combined seven shots on goal in the first two games.
Can the Kings keep Perry and Getzlaf quiet tonight?
"You don't win games with 1 or 2 players, you win with the whole team. 6 guys on the ice" pic.twitter.com/x1ZNfbORSa— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 8, 2014
“We know Quickie will do anything for us, and I’ll do anything for him, Brownie will do anything for me, it’s just vice versa. It’s just the trust that we have in this group.”
ONWARD WITHOUT HAYWARD:
Some of you might be interested to know that Brian Engblom will be doing the commentary tonight for NBCSN.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) May 8, 2014
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch the live broadcast of tonight’s bout on NBC Sports Network, sans Brian Hayward. The puck drops at 7:00PM PST at STAPLES Center.