GOING STREAKING: The Kings are riding a five-game point streak, going 4-0-1 in that span – snagging nine of the 10 points that were available for the taking. They’re 2-0-1 on their current road swing, which hits its final chapter tonight against the New York Rangers at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden. Can the Kings keep the point streak alive, and complete another successful road trip?
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: The Rangers handed the Kings a 3-1 loss at STAPLES Center on October 7 during the opening night of the NHL season. The Kings are 2-2-1 against the Rangers since the 2009-2010 campaign, and are 3-1-1 at Madison Square Garden in their last five games played in New York City. Can the Kings find revenge for their opening-night loss to the Rangers, continue their five-game point-streak, and continue their success at MSG tonight?
BACK-TO-BACK SHUFFLE: The Kings are coming off of back-to-back games against the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, winning both contests. The New York Rangers, who were in Montreal, QC last night, will play on consecutive nights for the third time this season. They’re 3-1-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and 2-1-0 the night after. The Kings spent Saturday in Manhattan on their day of rest, can they put forth their deserved time off and bring home a big performance tonight?
CLASS IS IN SESSION: Ben Scrivens, through two games since Jonathan Quick suffered a groin injury that will be keeping him out of the lineup approximately 6-8 weeks, has filled Quick’s role quite well, winning both of his starts as the newly claimed number-one goaltender, stopping 49 of 51 shots directed his way in the Kings’ last two victories. He’s going to get the bulk of the workload while Quick continues to recover from his groin injury, can he keep the optimism rolling with another solid showing tonight in New York City?
DUSTIN IN TIME: He came out solid Friday night, leading the Kings with eight hits and tying Jake Muzzin for the team-lead with three shots on net. Contribution from the Captain is vital, but we haven’t been seeing it on the scoreboard. Dustin Brown has a lowly seven points (3G, 4A) this season. Brown has zero (0G, 0A) in the last five games, and two points (1G, 1A) in the Kings’ last nine. Call him “due”.
BY THE WAY: The last time the Kings skated at Madison Square Garden was on February 17th, 2011. Dustin Brown potted two goals against New York’s Hendrik Lundqvist, including the game-tying goal with just 2:21 remaining in regulation to push the contest to OT and a shootout.
We’re not looking for “All of the Lights” in New York City, just the red one.
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