Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Kings-Blues: By the numbers
By Dave Joseph
Reporting from Staples Center ...
9 -- Number of Kings players who registered at least one point in the home-opener. Simon Gagne led the charge with two goals and an assist, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll each posted a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams added two helpers. Said Stoll: “We’ve got depth, but we’ve gotta contribute and play well. If we use our depth we should win some games. The attitude is right. We’ve gotta keep pushing forward.”
1 -- Number of power-play goals for the Kings, who converted on a two-man advantage. The Kings are now 5-for-20 on the power play this season.
3 -- As in plus-three, Jack Johnson’s plus-minus rating in the game. Johnson was minus-21 last season and minus-78 for his career coming into the game.
4 -- Number of goals on the season for Kopitar, who leads the team in points with nine.
5 -- Number of games this season in which Kopitar has registered a point. Four of those are multi-point games.
5 -- Length of the winning streak Blues’ goaltender Jaroslav Halak posted in five career starts against the Kings. Halak had a 1.20 goals against average against L.A. before Tuesday's defeat.
7 -- Number of consecutive games the Kings lost to the Blues before Tuesday's win. L.A. lost all four regular-season meetings against the Blues last season.
15 -- Number of career shutouts for Jonathan Quick, who notched his first of the season. Quick is now one shutout behind Jamie Storr for second overall in Kings history.
19 -- Number of minutes played by 21-year-old Slava Voynov, who made his NHL debut filling in for injured Drew Doughty. Coach Terry Murray praised the rookie, saying “Voynov, for a kid who played his first game was pretty collected, pretty poised, and I thought he made some good decisions with the puck.”
18,118 -- Number of fans in attendance for the Kings’ first sellout this season and 19th consecutive dating to last season. Gagne talked about the importance of winning the home opener, saying “It’s what we wanted. The first game at home in front of your fans. We want to show what type of team we are and it’s good to get the first win and get a lot of goals for the fans.”