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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. 


Category Stat NHL Rank Leading… Stat Player
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
Power-play 28.6% 6th Hits 24 Dustin Brown
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.