Stars 2, Kings 1: By the numbers

December, 10, 2011
12/10/11
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1 -- As in the Kings’ first regulation loss to Dallas at home in five games. L.A. was 3-0-1 coming into Saturday night’s game.

2 -- Goals or fewer scored by the Kings in eight straight games. L.A. is last in the league averaging 2.21 goals per game. Coach Terry Murray said, “It’s very tough. We’re losing games because of the lack of scoring. We’re looking at one-goal games every night. That’s kind of been the story of our offense here in the last while.”

3 -- Games missed by Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who returned from a lower-body injury. Mitchell had three hits, a blocked shot and was plus-1 while playing just over 20 minutes.

4 -- Game losing streak for the Kings, who have dropped six of their last eight. L.A. fell to 8-9-1 on home ice this season. Captain Dustin Brown said, “We have to be more desperate right now, we have to be more desperate the rest of the year. We aren’t playing with enough intensity or desperation. It’s up to the guys in here. This is our team.”

6 -- Goals scored in the four games without Kings center Mike Richards, who remains on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. L.A. is 1-for-13 on the power play without Richards in the lineup and is 3-for-34 over its last ten games.

7 -- Power plays for the Stars. L.A. killed off all but one on the night and has killed 40 of its last 42 overall. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi said, “Any time you go to the box it kills your momentum. We were rolling lines, rolling D, and things were going pretty well but when you take penalties you get out of that rhythm.”

8 -- Game goal-scoring drought for Kings center Anze Kopitar, who last lit the lamp November 22nd in St. Louis. Kopitar registered an assist, giving him four goals and 10 assists in the last 17 games.

13 -- Game goal-scoring drought for Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who hasn’t found the back of the net since November 10th against Vancouver.

19 -- Goals allowed by the Kings in the last nine games, an average of 2.11 per game. L.A. is ranked sixth overall in the NHL in goals-against at 2.24.

38 -- Goals scored in five-on-five situations for the Kings, ranked last in the NHL.

200 -- Games as a King played by left wing Brad Richardson, who scored L.A.’s short-handed goal. It was the Kings’ fourth short-handed tally of the season. Richardson, who snapped a 34-game goal-scoring drought, had been a healthy scratch in seven of the past eight games.
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