The Los Angeles Kings will host the New Jersey Devils in an inter-conference battle Thursday night from the Staples Center. The Devils are coming off a 5-1 home loss to the Lightning, and the Kings dropped a 2-1 home decision to the Coyotes in their previous contest. The Devils defeated the Kings in both meetings last season.
Devils Losing Streak Extended to Six Games
The New Jersey Devils will open a three-game road trip looking to snap a rough six-game losing streak. Their defensive struggles continued in a 5-2 home loss to the Lightning on Monday night. Devils’ point leader Taylor Hall had a three-game point streak snapped in the defeat. Overall, the 27-year old left-winger continues to produce at a high level, collecting eight points in his last seven games, and he has tallied 27 points on the season. Hall has registered 15 points in 23 career games against the Kings. Kyle Palmieri is struggling to put up points, collecting just two points in his last nine games overall. The eight-year veteran right-winger has 12 goals along with 10 assists on the season. The Devils have especially struggled on the road where they hold a terrible 2-10-1 record on the season.
New Jersey could go with either Keith Kinkaid or Cory Schneider in this one. Kinkaid now owns a poor 2.94 GAA and a .906 save percentage accompanied with a 9-7-5 record on the season, while Schneider stands at 0-5 with a 4.19 GAA. The Devils are averaging 2.9 goals on the season, ranking them at 20th in the NHL. New Jersey continues to give up a ton of goals, conceding an average of 3.5 goals on the season, placing them down at 28th in the NHL.
Kings Goal Scoring Woes Resume in Loss to Coyotes
The Los Angeles Kings will resume a four-game home stand hungry for a win. They have dropped three out of their last four games which included a 2-1 home loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Kings’ scoring leader Anze Kopitar collected his 12th assist of the season in Tuesday’s defeat. The 12-year veteran center has notched eight points in his last six games, and he is up to 18 points on the season. Kopitar has 11 points in 17 career games against the Devils. Several Kings’ are not performing up to their potential this season and that includes Tyler Toffoli. The 26-year old right-winger has gone seven straight games without recording a single point, and he only has five goals along with seven assists on the season. L.A. owns a poor 6-9-1 home record on the season, and they stand at 4-6 in their last ten games overall.
The Kings are expected to send Jonathan Quick to the crease in this one. The 32-year old goalie has played well in his last three games since returning from injury, although he still possesses a poor 3.29 GAA and an .889 save percentage accompanied with a 1-5-1 record. L.A. continues to struggle offensively, averaging 2.1 goals, pegging them last in the NHL. They are allowing an average of three goals, positioning them 16th in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings are:
- 12-5 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
- under is 4-0 in their last 4 games after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game.
The New Jersey Devils are:
- 5-17 in their last 22 games overall.
- 7-19 in their last 26 road games.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference