The Los Angeles Kings (19-29-5) will be taking on the Washington Capitals (35-13-5) during a Tuesday night matchup. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM. The Kings and the Caps reside in different divisions and conferences, as well as being on opposite ends of the league standings. Washington is number one in the league with 75 points, and as one might assume from that, also tops the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. The Kings, on the other hand, are ranked 30th in the league. They only have 43 points and are at the bottom of both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. The last time these teams faced off was on December 4th of last year, where the Capitals took home a 3-1 victory. Their Tuesday game will be their second and final meeting of the season.
Kings Do Not RuleAfter an exciting overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes, the Kings are back to losing. Their last game was against one of their California neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks. The battle took place on the Kings’ home ice, and despite a valiant 47 shots on goal, they weren’t able to pull out a win. The final tally of the night was 3-1. The Kings’ netminder for the game was Jonathan Quick, who let in 3 goals on 28 shots. The lone Kings’ goal for the night was a bit of an interesting one. It was a powerplay goal, scored by Tyler Toffoli. It was originally ruled a no-goal due to an early whistle, but after a review in the Situation Room, the no-goal ruling was overturned and the Kings’ sole goal was awarded to them.
The biggest problem the Kings are dealing with right now is the loss of defenseman Drew Doughty. The game against the Ducks was the third in a row that Doughty missed. Before this string of absences, Doughty hadn’t missed a game since the 2013-2014 season. The only thing that the Kings have disclosed about his absences is that they are injury-related. Doughty, who has 8 goals and 21 assists so far this season, plays a large defensive and leadership role on the team, and the Kings will be hurting badly until they get him back.
Capitals Cling to Number One Spot
There aren’t many teams around the league that can say that they’ve beaten the Washington Capitals this season. The Penguins joined that club on Sunday night with a 4-3 victory. It was the Capitals’ second consecutive home loss. As is usual between these two rivals, it was a hard-fought game. Unfortunately for the Capitals, points aren’t awarded for effort, and dropping two points to the Penguins is one of the worst things they could’ve done. There were only two goal scorers wearing red that night. One of the goals was from Evgeny Kuznetsov, and the remaining two came from Lars Eller. In net for the Capitals was their rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who saved 29 of 33 shots in his first career start against the Penguins.
As stated before, dropping points to the Penguins is the last thing on the Capitals’ to-do list. Well, maybe the second to last thing. That is because, while the Capitals do lead the league with 75 points, there are two teams close on their heels. The first is the Boston Bruins, who are only one point behind the Capitals in the standings. The second is the Penguins, who are four points behind. If Washington wants to keep their position as the number one team in the league, they can’t afford any more losses.
- The Capitals are 3-1-1 when outshot by their opponent at home.
- The Capitals are 10-5-1 overall when tied after the first period.
- The Kings are 1-13-0 when their opponent scores first on the road.
- The Kings are 14-5-1 overall when leading after the first period.