Preview: Los Angeles Kings (10-2-2) @ Anaheim Geese (6-6-2)
How you can Watch and What to Watch
Dangerous information for the Geese:
Wait, no, not that dangerous information. This one?
No, that’s not it. This?
Aw, heck, it’s nearly all dangerous information for the Geese. (They nonetheless have Corey Perry, I assume.) Scroll right down to the traces beneath. Do you know half of these guys have been on the Geese earlier than this very second? Possibly not.
The Geese have weathered all types of unusual begins to their seasons through the years, significantly lengthy, frequent bouts of their scorers not having the ability to discover the again of the online. However with every of these begins, the capturing percentages started to rise as gamers discovered their grooves, settled in with new traces, and general, the Geese have all the time wound up being simply fantastic.
This yr, the Geeseissues are all injury-based, with Fowler, Getzlaf, Kesler, and Eaves out long-term. They’ve already handled accidents to Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Miller, who've now returned to the lineup. The harm bug has offered alternative for youthful gamers to shine, together with defenseman Brandon Montour, who will likely be taking over an even bigger position within the Geeseenergy play within the absence of Cam Fowler.
After all, scoring’s nonetheless a difficulty for the Geese. They’ve misplaced all three of their video games in November and have solely scored 4 objectives over three video games. Nobody has hit double digits in factors but (the Kings have six gamers who've crossed that mark). Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano lead the workforce with 9 factors apiece; Rakell and Ondrej Kase share the lead for objectives with simply 5 every.
They’re pretty center of the pack relating to scoring -- 27 objectives at even power, which ties them with Montreal, Philadelphia, and Detroit, all groups which aren’t precisely identified for prolific scoring this season. However the true hassle lies on their energy play, which is changing an abysmal 11.9%, good for 30th within the league. (Solely the Columbus Blue Jackets are worse.) They’ve scored simply 5 energy play objectives, which possibly shouldn’t be stunning on condition that they’ve misplaced so many prime gamers to harm thus far.
After all, even a mediocre begin to the season for the Geese doesn’t imply that this sport will likely be a bit of cake for the Kings. In a task reversal for the groups, the Kings are sitting on the prime of the division (they've a 3 level lead on …. Las Vegas?!) whereas the Geese are eight factors again and at the moment nicely out of competition. Any expectation that this sport may be calm and chill with Getzlaf and Kesler out might be misplaced religion. (Don’t overlook: Corey Perry.) And if the Kings can handle to get out to an early lead -- nicely, be careful.
That division lead for the Kings may be good, however that is no time to get complacent. Giving the Geese any factors in any respect isn’t going to assist the Kings down the street, so they should begin on time. (No less than it’s not a matinee sport.) Making an attempt to play catch up has burned the Kings greater than as soon as -- getting back from that three aim deficit towards Nashville was good, but additionally a little bit of a shock, after watching the primary two intervals -- and it will be nice to not repeat that.
I’m simply going to imagine proper now that Kurtis MacDermid goes to get into (one other) struggle.
Though: it's the Geese. Stranger gamers (Jeff Carter) have dropped the gloves (Jeff Carter) towards them.
Does Tyler Toffoli have any profession preventing majors? Does he wish to begin tonight? (I don’t advise this, Tyler, should you’re on the market.)
Apart from Oscar Fantenberg drawing again in for Christian “hah you fell for that faked dump-in” Folin, don’t count on any modifications on the Kings’ roster.
Place your bets on penalty minutes now, associates.
Projected Line Combos
Los Angeles Kings
Iafallo - Kopitar - Brown
Pearson - Kempe - Toffoli
Cammalleri - Shore - Lewis
Andreoff - Laich - Amadio
Forbort - Doughty
Muzzin - Martinez
MacDermid - Fantenberg
Anaheim Geese
Rakell - Grant - Perry
Cogliano - Wagner - Silfverberg
Ritchie - Vermette - Kase
Shaw - Rasmussen - Boll
Lindholm - Manson
Beauchemin - Montour
Vatanen - Bieksa
Opposing Preview: Anaheim Calling