Los Angeles Kings: 4-2-0 (8 pts)
Key wins: 6-4 over San Jose, 2-1 over St. Louis
The Kings come into the game at Joe Louis Arena as one of the biggest surprises of the young season. But maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised after all. They've been building a solid, young team over the past few years and are on the cusp of returning to the playoffs. After opening the season with a loss to the Coyotes, the Kings ripped off four straight wins before running into a hot New York Rangers team that beat LA backup goalie Erik Ersberg. This team has been very impressive thus far and the game should be very interesting to watch.
|Goals per game||3.50||T-8th||Scorer (Points)||10 (4 G, 6 A)||Anze Kopitar|
|Goals Against per game||3.17||T-20th||+/-||+5||David Drewiske|
|Penalty kill||59.1%||29th||PIM||12||Raitis Ivanans|
|Shots per game||28.3||23rd||Shots||24||Dustin Brown|
|Shots against per game||28.0||6th||Blocked Shots||18||Matt Greene|
|Faceoff percentage||43.0%||30th||Faceoffs||43.80%||Michal Handzus|
|PIM per game||11.30||10th||Wins||4||Jonathan Quick|
|PP drawn||28.0||8th||GAA||3.00||Jonathan Quick|
*Stats and rankings as of 10/15/2009
Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth, and Justin Williams have become a great first line unit and are a true offensive threat. The offense doesn't end there as the Kings have guys like Dustin Brown, Alex Frolov, Jarrett Stoll and Michal Handzus on the other lines. Add in a great scoring defense with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson and the Kings are a tough, tough matchup for the Red Wings.
Jonathan Quick is starting to show that he is indeed capable of being the starting goalie for the Kings. Detroit could have trouble offensively with Quick in net, Rob Scuderi (familiar to Detroit from the Stanley Cup saves he made), Johnson, and forwards that are ready to help out defensively. The Wings should look to take advantage of the faceoff and penalty kill woes for the Kings while trying to stay out of the box against a good power-play unit.
Players to watch on offense: Anze Kopitar, Jarrett Stoll, Dustin Brown
Players to watch on defense: Jack Johnson, Rob Scuderi.