Los Angeles Hockey: Luke Richardson

Kings: Hoping to hold a lead in Ottawa

November, 21, 2010
Kings (13-6-0) vs. Ottawa Senators (9-10-1) at Scotiabank Place, 4:30 p.m. (PT)

Five story lines to track:

1. Coming from ahead -- The Kings continue to give away leads like Halloween candy. The one-goal advantages they squandered in losses last week to Columbus and Buffalo were tough to swallow, but the three-goal lead that evaporated Saturday night at Boston was enough to make someone gag. The saving grace was Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick, who stopped all six shots in the shootout, allowing the Kings to escape with a 4-3 victory.

2. Secondary scoring -- The Kings have received goals from their third and/or fourth lines in three consecutive games. Up until that stretch, the bottom six had scored in only seven of the previous 16 games. Brad Richardson has been bounced around more than a lottery ball in a hopper, but he looked comfortable back on the fourth line Saturday, scoring on his first shift. Michal Handzus may also be coming around, getting goals in two of the last three, as well as the winner in Saturday’s shootout.

3. Ottawa success -- Coming into the season, the Kings had the best record against Ottawa over the previous 10 games than any opponent in the NHL, owning an 8-1-1 mark in that span. They last lost to Ottawa on Dec. 2, 2005. Before that it was in January 2000. The Senators can only hope they continue their trend of beating the Kings every five years.

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Kings: Looking to repeat last Eastern swing

November, 18, 2010

Time to break out the parka.

The Kings landed in Buffalo, N.Y., this afternoon, where the high temperature today was a balmy 44 degrees ... balmy if you live in Buffalo, that is.

A dose of some traditional hockey weather might just be what the Kings need to get their minds’ back on track. They enter this four-game road trip beginning Friday against the Sabres riding a mistake-filled two-game losing streak, their first of the young season.

Before that, they had won six in a row.

The last time the Kings (12-5-0) headed east for an extended road trip, at the end of January, they brought with them a four-game winning streak, then swept the five-game trip through Detroit, Toronto, Columbus, Boston and New Jersey to stretch their win streak to a franchise-best nine game.

There’s no reason to believe they can’t re-establish their winning ways.

This time around, the Kings will face a Buffalo team that’s just 2-6-1 at HSBC Arena, which only rivals New Jersey (1-5-2) for the worst home record in the NHL.

After that, they’ll play the Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. While that sounds intimidating, the Kings have defeated the Bruins on their home ice the last two years, both times coming from behind in the third period.

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