ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Kings look to continue
their dominance of the Atlanta Thrashers as they continue a
four-game road trip at Philips Arena on Wednesday night.
The Kings are 6-0-0-1 all time against the Thrashers, with the
only setback being a 7-6 overtime loss in Los Angeles on
December 19, 2000. Los Angeles won a pair of meetings against
Atlanta last season, including a 4-0 triumph here on October 29,
In that contest, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and Mikko Eloranta
each scored twice and former King Felix Potvin turned aside 25
shots. Current Kings backup Milan Hnilicka was in the nets for
the Thrashers. He has not played for the Kings yet after being
assigned to Manchester of the American Hockey League before the
Los Angeles opened its four-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime
loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Martin Straka scored
his third goal in four games with the Kings after he had just
four in 22 games with Pittsburgh. Michael Cammalleri scored his
eighth goal, three more than he had in 28 games as a rookie
Roman Cechmanek made 17 saves at Detroit and fell to 12-10-1.
Cechmanek is 6-1-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average lifetime
Atlanta has won two in a row and is 7-4-0 in its last 11
contests. The Thrashers have scored 10 goals in their last two
games, including Saturday's 4-3 overtime win at Florida.
Vyacheslav Kozlov has three goals in as many games and a
five-game points streak. He capped a comeback on Saturday by
scoring 2:57 into overtime.
Shawn McEachern and Ben Simon started the comeback before Kozlov
scored his fourth goal in five games and 11th of the year.
Kozlov's first game-winner of the year improved Atlanta to 4-8-1
when trailing after two periods.