Preview: Avalanche at Kings
The Colorado Avalanche haven't fared well on the road while the Los Angeles Kings haven't had too many opportunities play in front of their home fans. Both teams will have a chance to make a dent in those numbers Saturday when they meet at the Staples Center. The Avalanche increased their winning streak to five games over the Kings with a 3-1 victory on Jan. 22.
Los Angeles is vying for its third straight victory overall after posting a 3-1 triumph over Calgary on Wednesday. Jeff Carter collected his team-leading eighth goal in his last 13 games for the Kings, who are hoping to enjoy some home cooking as they begin a stretch of playing 13 of their next 16 in Tinseltown. The reigning Stanley Cup champions have played only four contests (2-1-1) at the Staples Center this season.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, NHL Network, Altitude (Colorado), FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (7-7-1): Colorado has struggled on the road (2-5-0), but may receive a boost with the possible return of captain Gabriel Landeskog. The reigning Calder Trophy winner has been sidelined for 11 games with a concussion. David Jones netted the contest's lone goal in the Avalanche's 1-0 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday. Jones' goal was his first since he scored against Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE KINGS (7-6-2): Los Angeles is coming off a successful road trip (2-1-0) and has won four of its last five contests. Jonathan Bernier gave reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick a breather and made 26 saves against the Flames. Quick stopped 28 of 31 shots against the Avalanche in the previous outing, but still owns a 7-4-1 career mark with a pair of shutouts versus the franchise.
1. Colorado G Semyon Varlamov, who turned aside all 33 shots Wednesday, has been downright stingy versus Los Angeles. The 24-year-old Russian has won four of five career decisions with a slim 1.77 goals against average.
2. Kings captain Dustin Brown scored for the first time Wednesday since tallying twice against Anaheim on Feb. 2.
3. Avalanche RW PA Parenteau, who has a team-leading seven goals, has been held to four assists over his last six games. Parenteau scored in the teams' previous meeting.
PREDICTION: Kings 3, Avalanche 2
Distributed by Internet Broadcasting and The Sports Xchange. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.