It's a Western Division matchup Wednesday night between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings, who are second and fourth in the division, respectively. Los Angeles has won five straight, including the last game out against the Blues, who have now dropped two straight.
St. Louis Looking to Retain Spot in the DivisionSt. Louis is second in the Western Division, but has dropped two straight after being blanked by the Kings on Monday night. The game before that was a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
In the loss to the Sharks, Jordan Kyrou recorded three points (one goal, two assists), and Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn added a goal each. They put 32 shots on goal against San Jose, and 31 against Los Angeles in the shutout loss. They average 30.6 shots per game, but have fallen on tough luck lately. They allow 29.6 shots per game to opponents.
Goaltender Jordan Binnington played brilliantly against Los Angeles, saving 28 of 30 shots seen (the third goal was an empty netter). Binnington is 8-5-2 on the year with a 2.50 GAA and a 91.415% save percentage.
Kings Look to Keep WinningAfter a rough start to the year, the Kings have improved to 8-6-3 after a five-game winning streak, including a 3-0 shutout win against St. Louis on Monday night. This streak comes after a five-game losing streak, so spirits are high in the Los Angeles locker room.
Their last time out, leading goal scorer Dustin Brown put in two goals, while Gabriel Vilardi added one of his own. Brown leads the team with 10 goals, but Anze Kopitar leads the team in overall scoring with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists). The win was also goaltender Jonathan Quick's second shutout over the winning streak, an excellent sign for the aging netminder.
Los Angeles averages 3.12 goals scored per game, and allows an average of 2.76 goals per game. They rank in the top 10 in the league for the penalty kill, at 83.3%.
Los Angeles (according to Covers.com)
- Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
- Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.