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Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues

In regards to the Kings • At 9-1-1, red-hot Los Angeles is certainly one of three groups that share the NHL factors lead with 19. The others are the Blues and Tampa Bay, each at 9-2-1. LA received in dramatic vogue Saturday when Tyler Toffoli scored as time expired in a 2-1 time beyond regulation victory in Boston.
After lacking 59 video games with a groin harm final season, Kings goalie Jonathan Fast ranks third within the NHL in goals-against common (1.76) and is 7-1-1. Heart Anze Kopitar is among the many league leaders in scoring (seven targets, 13 factors) and plus-minus (plus-9).
ST. LOUIS -- Monday night time's matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues might be an early-season showdown between two of the most well liked groups within the NHL.
The Kings and Blues each have 19 factors, tied with Tampa Bay for essentially the most within the league. The Blues have gone 5-Zero-1 of their final six video games and are 9-2-1 for the season, whereas the Kings are 9-1-1 and have received their final three video games, all on the street.
Scottie Upshall scored his first aim of the season and assisted on two extra Saturday night time to steer the Blues to a Four-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, main an enormous night time for the group's fourth line, which mixed to supply seven factors.
"We have been successful in numerous methods," Blues coach Mike Yeo stated. "I feel good groups do this. Some nights it could be protection, some nights it could be goaltending, we have had particular groups do it for us, we have had our protection rating, our backside two traces rating, our prime two traces have gotten tons performed for us. I feel that is what good groups do. It's important to discover alternative ways to win hockey video games."
The identical has been true for the Kings, who acquired two targets from Tyler Toffoli, the second the game-winner coming lower than a second earlier than time would have expired in time beyond regulation, to defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night time.
Anze Kopitar received a faceoff and acquired the choose to Toffoli for the successful aim.
"I do not assume that is going to occur (once more) anytime quickly," Kopitar stated. "I've by no means seen it in my hockey profession to work like that ... You possibly can say it is luck. You possibly can say it is good bounces. However on the identical time, we're working exhausting and we're working for these bounces. To see it repay in the way in which it did tonight, like I stated, we'll take it."
Kings coach John Stevens instructed the Los Angeles Occasions, "I do not need to get carried away. It is an enormous win. We did not win a playoff sequence or something, nevertheless it's an enormous win. This group, I assumed, battled exhausting. We instructed them generally it'd take to the final second of a hockey sport. I did not assume it might be actually the final second."
For a lot of the Blues' video games to this point this season, their offensive success has come from the highest two traces, however the third and fourth traces have mixed to attain three of the group's final six targets.
Saturday night time's win improved the Blues' report at house to Four-Zero, the one group within the league which has not suffered a house loss. Monday night time's sport would be the second of 5 consecutive house video games for the group.
The Kings, in the meantime, might be wrapping up a six-game street journey which has seen them choose up wins over Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal and the Bruins whereas shedding Three-2 every week in the past at Toronto.
"It will be a enjoyable sport for certain," Yeo stated. "It simply looks as if each night time proper now you come again to the rink and also you're preparing for an actual good exhausting hockey sport. The Kings have all the time been an actual robust problem, however them proper now, they're taking part in with lots of tempo and lots of confidence. It will be a enjoyable one."
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