NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (7-5-0-1) at Washington Capitals (3-10-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals, holders of the National Hockey
League's worst record, try to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they
welcome the Los Angeles Kings to MCI Center.
Washington showed some spark by winning two games during a three-match span,
but has since fallen to Philadelphia and San Jose. On Saturday, Evgeni Nabokov
stopped 12 shots in the final period and 32 in the contest, as the Sharks
continued their domination of the Capitals with a 3-2 decision.
Kip Miller and Peter Bondra each scored for Washington, which fell to 3-10-1
on the season. Jaromir Jagr assisted on both Washington's goals, and Olaf
Kolzig stopped 26 shots.
The Capitals appeared to have tied the game with around seven seconds left to
play. The goal by Bondra, however, was blatantly kicked into the net during a
scramble in front of the net and waved off following a review.
Washington, 2-3-0 at home, began a four-game homestand Saturday and will host
Carolina on Wednesday.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak halted via Saturday's
3-2 loss in Carolina, but the Kings enter tonight's action tied with Dallas
atop the Pacific Division at 15 points.
Hurricanes' rookie Eric Staal sealed LA's fate Saturday, as he beat Roman
Cechmanek with 2:16 to go in overtime. The Kings' Zigmund Palffy tallied a
goal and an assist in defeat, including the equalizer with only 22.2 seconds
left in regulation.
Palffy is tied for the club lead with five goals and sits alone above the rest
of his teammates with 20 points. He has three scores and five helpers in four
games this month.
Tonight's match is the last of a four-game road trip for the Kings, who are
4-1-0-1 away from the Staples Center. LA will kick off a three-game home set
Thursday against Toronto.
Los Angeles defeated Washington, 3-1, last March at the MCI Center and is
5-2-1 in the last eight meetings. The Kings are 3-0-1 in their last four trips
11/10 10:19:32 ET