NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 12th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (29-22-3) at Washington Capitals (29-16-10), 12:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Kings have earned a point in every game at the start of
a lengthy road trip and they will try to post a victory this afternoon, as Los
Angeles visits the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.
The Kings are 2-0-2 on a 10-game road trip and are coming off Thursday's
overtime loss in Pittsburgh. Overall, Los Angeles is 12-13-2 as the visiting
club this season.
Despite currently sitting last in the Pacific Division, LA has 61 points and
is just three points out of playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Kings
are also seven points behind Dallas for the Pacific lead.
LA was dealt a 2-1 loss by the Penguins on Thursday, as Jordan Staal scored
with just 19 seconds left in OT to give Pittsburgh the home win at CONSOL
Energy Center. With time winding in the extra stanza, Pascal Dupuis was able
to chip the puck into the Los Angeles end behind the defender. It bounced off
the right boards as Staal was able to catch up to it and from the right circle
snapped a shot between the right arm and body of Jonathan Quick.
Jarret Stoll had the lone goal and Quick finished with 24 saves for the Kings.
"Bottom line is this is a team with four or five regulars out of the lineup,"
LA defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi said of a hobbled Pittsburgh team
that also continues to play without forward Evgeni Malkin or captain Sidney
Crosby. "This was a great chance for us if we play a 60-minute game to get two
The Capitals, meanwhile, will try to get back on track when they wrap a three-
game homestand today. Washington is 17-6-7 as the host this year and had
defeated the Penguins last Sunday to begin the residency, but was then dealt a
2-0 loss by San Jose on Tuesday.
Logan Couture and Dan Boyle scored in the third period and Antti Niemi made 25
saves to lift the Sharks to the win in D.C. San Jose fired 36 shots at
Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 34 as Washington had a two-
game win streak broken.
Neuvirth made 27 saves through the first two periods, but the Sharks' pressure
paid off with time winding down in regulation.
"For some reason, we didn't have a lot of jump on the ice tonight," said
Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. "When you get behind by two goals, this
is what happens."
With 68 points, the Capitals are currently three behind Tampa Bay for the
Southeast Division lead. Washington is also two points ahead of Montreal for
the Eastern Conference's fifth seed.
Caps forward Alexander Semin returned from a hip injury on Tuesday after
sitting out the previous 12 games with the issue. Semin has played in just 40
games this season, but is third on the team with 35 points.
LA has taken three straight and six of its last eight encounters with the
Capitals in this series. The Kings also have five wins in their last seven
trips to Washington.
02/12 10:30:24 ET