St Louis Blues v Los Angeles Kings

“Game of the Night” is a feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch the game below. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?



Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues


Los Angeles Kings: 18-12-2 (last 10: 6-4-0), 6th in West, 38 points

St. Louis Blues: 17-13-2 (last 10: 6-4-0), 7th in West, 36 points


They may be “only” 6th and 7th in the West, but they’re both legit Cup contenders.


The Kings have beat the Blues both times they’ve played this season. This is their last matchup of the year.

Puck drop: 8:00 p.m. EST

Need to know:

* The Blues, who many folks predicted would contend for the President’s Trophy and possibly the Cup, are mired in 7th, and have lost three of their last four games.

* This is game two of a five-game road trip for the Kings.

* The Kings scored five in their last game, but the fun part: their first goal of that game was their first in over 150 minutes of game play.

* Anze Kopi-star has 10 points in his last 10 games.

Player stats: 


Injuries (via

Defenseman Willie Mitchell remains as day-to-day with a knee injury, while blueliner Matt Greene (back injury) is out indefinitely for the Kings. … For the Blues, Jamie Langenbrunner is out for the season with a hip injury.


St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed)

Daily FaceoffHalak stopped all 12 shots that he faced after replacing Jake Allen last night. St. Louis was unable to score, losing 3-0. He will start tomorrow vs. the Kings. He didn’t fare very well in his vs. start vs. LA this season He is 0-1-0 with a 6.50 GAA and .762 SV% vs. the Kings.

Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick (unconfirmed)

What I’m looking forward to:

As much as I watch the Kings play, I always try to keep in mind how they look against better teams. They tend to nap against easier opponents, but their win in Chicago last game was a testament to how tough they can play when they know they have to raise their level. In that regard, the Blues are similar – these are two good teams who have the ability to find another gear against good opponents, which means it’s a lot of fun when they go head-to-head.


It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, and given that it’s in St. Louis, I’ll throw them a bone. Blues in a close one.

Game of the Night prediction record:


Really, Bruins? You blew another two goal lead in the third yesterday? Geez.

Comments (4)

  1. If the Blues have a total meltdown it won’t be fun watching the next few days unfold. They’re drastically under-performing and almost every single player has regressed.

    This needs to be one of those statement making games. If there’s like five odd man rushes and Halak lets in 3 on 7 I think the fan base and front office will lose their minds.

  2. It’ll be interesting for the Blues tonight, they’ve lost 7, I repeat 7, seven straight games to LA! (including playoffs last year) Before that, LA had a losing record to the Blues..

    On St Louis’ side of things TJ Oshie after coming back from multiple ribs being injured (still are from reports) he was moved to 2nd line and potted a few goals after leaving David Backes wing. (1st time that’s happened all year)

    Backes is in a goal slump of epic proportions, and now Hitchcock has assembled Steen-Backes-Oshie as a top line.. The 1st time they’ve been together this season.

    Expect results since the Blues asst coaches ran practice yesterday as Hitch held court over his leadership team of: Backes, Steen, McDonald, Oshie, Perron, & Jackman.


  3. Interesting to look at the stats in comparison for the two team. As much as Slava Voynov is appreciated in LA, he flies under the radar for the rest of the league…but look at that – he’s got more points than both Peitrangelo and Shattenkirk! He’s also around +10.
    Time for him to get some attention around the league. He also averages the second most minutes on ice for the Kings, second only to Doughty.

    • I actually mentioned him and the fact that the Kings are essentially playing a rookie and 3 second year players on D to Craig Custance of ESPN. Allegedly he’s writing an article about them and Voynov being the under the radar defensive corps in the NHL.

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