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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.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
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)
Halak is the starter Thursday.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 27, 2013
Daily Faceoff: Halak 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.