Scouting Report: Los Angeles Kings
CALGARY, AB -- There is no hotter team in the National Hockey League than the Los Angeles Kings.
Winners of seven straight games, the Kings are currently amidst their longest winning streak since establishing a franchise-best nine-game run in 2009-10. Los Angeles has yet to lose in their post-Sochi Olympic schedule too, with their last loss coming on Feb. 3 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Though they’ve been among the league’s elite defensively all season, it’s a combination of both offence and defence that has propelled the Kings through their stretch. They’ve surrendered just 10 goals in the past eight games while finding the back of the net 22 times.
This Season: 37-22-6, 80 points (6th in West)
Last Season: 27-16-5, 59 points (5th in West)
Notable Injuries: None
Flames Season Series Record: 2-1-0
Quick has been a catalyst in net for the Kings since returning from the Olympics. In his past six games, the 28-year-old is near flawless with a 6-0-0 record, 0.99 goals against average and .957 save percentage. Overall, Quick’s 2.02 GAA is second-best in the league while his .917 SV% places him 15th.
Though his 31 points paces all Kings defencemen this season, Doughty’s offensive exploits have dried up of late. He’s pointless in five straight games and has just one assist since returning from Sochi, where he netted four goals and six points en route to helping Canada to gold.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Acquired at the trade deadline to give the Kings some additional offensive punch, Gaborik is still seeking his first point with Los Angeles. The three-time 40-goal scorer (and seven-time 30-goal man) has six goals and 14 points in an injury plagued 2013-14 campaign.
Carter, who leads the Kings in goals with 24 and is second in points with 43, is coming off his most productive outing of the year. The 29-year-old recorded two goals and an assist and has four goals and six points in six games since returning from Sochi with gold.
With Quick getting the start Sunday night in Edmonton, Jones could step in between the pipes in the town he played his junior hockey. The former Calgary Hitmen standout has had a strong start to his NHL career, putting together wins in his first eight games before settling into a 9-4-0 record with a 1.88 goals against average and .934 save percentage.