The Los Angeles Kings will face the Dallas Stars with both teams hoping to make a statement in the Western Conference this season. The Kings are 1-2 to start the season while the Stars have split their first four games and look like a promising team in the Central Division. The two teams look to bounce back from tough seasons last year and the upcoming game should be a good one as a result.
Kings defense has played well to start the seasonThe Kings have not made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons but the team looks poised to finally take the leap to reach the playoffs. The offense has scored nine goals in the first three games and has been led by 34-year-old center Anze Kopitar, who has five goals and three assists early on this season. In addition, the Kings have seen production from Victor Arvidsson and Dustin Brown who have combined for two goals and three assists.
The offense has played well to start the season but the defense has led the way, allowing only seven goals in the first three games. The Kings' young defensemen have led the way with 20-year-old Tobias Bjornfot and Gabriel Vilardicombining for 10 blocked shots and 22-year-old Michael Anderson blocking four shots on the season as well. In addition, Calvin Petersen is having a great season in the net, allowing only four goals on 56 shots for a .929 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average.
Stars offense has struggled this seasonThe Stars are off to a 2-2 start to the season but the offense has been awful to start the season, scoring only seven goals in the first four games. The hope is that Jamie Benn, who scored 11 goals last season can start to find the back of the net as he has yet to score this season while Michael Raffl leads the Stars with two goals this season.
The offense has struggled but the defense has been incredible to start the season, allowing only 2.25 goals per game. offseason acquisition Ryan Suter has already made his mark with seven blocked shots while Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell have combined for 12 blocked shots and have given the Stars and young and deep defensive unit. In addition, Braden Holtby is having a much-needed rebound season with a .947 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average on 94 shots.