Series (Game 1 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 4: Saturday, December 10th
Game 5: Thursday, January 12th
Game 6: Sunday, February 12th

Stars 0

(6-2-0, 12 pts)

Kings 1

(5-1-1, 11 pts)

10:30 PM ET, October 22, 2011

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 00
LA 0 0 11

J. Quick (Kings - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: 1.000

A. Raycroft (Stars - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .958

J. Johnson (Kings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Stars-Kings Preview


Jonathan Quick has the Los Angeles Kings off to another fast start.

Coming off back-to-back shutouts, Quick and the Kings try for a fourth consecutive victory when they host the surging Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Quick, who went 10-1-0 as Los Angeles won 12 of its first 15 games in 2010-11, is enjoying similar early success this season. After making 27 saves in Tuesday's 5-0 win over St. Louis, Quick turned away all 28 shots Thursday to record his 16th career shutout and 100th career victory, 2-0 at Phoenix.

"This team has great accountability," said Quick, who is 4-0-1 with a 0.97 goals-against average. "We take pride in our defensive game, and have come to expect solid play on defense."

Quick has a chance to become the first player in franchise history to record three straight shutouts. Columbus' Steve Mason most recently accomplished the feat in December 2008.

The Kings (4-1-1) opened the season by playing two games in Sweden and three of their next four on the road. Despite the demanding schedule, coach Terry Murray is not surprised by his team's success.

"When we saw the schedule, players began preparing for this stretch," he said. "We have great leadership, veteran players and each took it upon themselves to recognize what we faced in the opening two weeks of the season."

While Quick has been tremendous, Kari Lehtonen has arguably been as impressive for Dallas (6-1-0), which is off to its best start since winning eight of its first nine in 2006-07.

Lehtonen made 35 saves during Friday's 3-1 win at Anaheim, improving to 6-0-0 and lowering his GAA to 1.48 as the Stars extended their winning streak to five.

Lehtonen's six-game winning streak is not only a personal best, but also the longest for a Stars goaltender since the franchise relocated from Minnesota prior to the 1993-94 season.

"We're kind of getting used to it from Kari, and we're relying on him to make a lot of those saves," captain Brenden Morrow said. "We've been getting outshot almost double some nights, and he's been huge for us. That was the case (Friday).

"We're a team in transition. We've got a new coach and six or seven new faces. But the success that we're having now is something we can build on."

Right wing Loui Eriksson has provided the Stars with an offensive spark. He scored twice and added an assist against the Ducks, giving him five goals and two assists during Dallas' winning streak.

Lehtonen, who has faced at least 36 shots in all but one of his starts, is 14-4-2 when facing at least 35 since the start of last season. He's now saddled with the tough task of trying to slow down a Kings team which has thrived on the power play, converting 6 of 23 opportunities.

"Overall, yeah, 5-on-4 has been pretty good," Murray told the Kings' official website. "There's been some good momentum built off power plays, and that's something that we were lacking last year. We were constantly going back and playing stops and starts between the goal line and the offensive blue line.

"This year, we're getting more time, a better attitude with possession plays. We're getting some good looks in those 5-on-4 situations. To me, that's a real positive and we'll just keep pushing on it."

Los Angeles is 15-4-2 in its last 21 meetings with Dallas. Quick has gone 10-2-0 with a 1.83 GAA during that stretch, posting one shutout.

Lehtonen went 2-4-0 with a 2.82 GAA versus the Kings last season.