Scouting Report: Los Angeles Kings
CALGARY, AB -- The Los Angeles Kings will look to build some playoff momentum when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
The Kings, sixth overall in the Western Conference with 96 points, are firmly fixed in the third spot in the Pacific Division. With no option of moving up or down in the division, Los Angeles is instead left to gear up for an opening round series against either the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks.
And with three games remaining on the docket before such a series, the Kings will use their final three games, starting with the Flames, to get up for their yet-to-be-determined opponent.
This Season: 45-28-6, 96 points (6th in West)
Last Season: 27-16-5, 59 points (5th in West)
Notable Injuries: Drew Doughty (upper body) is questionable but could play against the Flames. Dwight King (undisclosed) is also questionable.
Flames Season Series Record: 2-2-0
Though the Kings have scored just eight goals in the past four games, Martinez has factored in on half of them. The 26-year-old defenceman has a goal and three assists over the span to push his season totals to a career-high 11 goals and 11 assists in 58 games. His plus-17 rating, also a career-best, is second among Los Angeles rearguards.
Though he’s third in scoring for the Kings with 41 points, Richards has struggled to move that total over the past two weeks. The 29-year-old has gone six straight without recording a point and has just a pair -- both goals -- over his past 15 contests.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the seventh consecutive season, Kopitar will lead the Kings in scoring. The 26-year-old has amassed 40 assists and 65 points, 15 ahead of the second-place Jeff Carter with three games remaining in the regular season schedule. The last time someone other than Kopitar led the Kings in scoring came in 2006-07, his rookie season, when Mike Cammalleri paced Los Angeles with 80 points.
Gaborik has acquitted himself nicely in his 16 game stint for the Kings. The 32-year-old trade deadline acquisition has points in six of his past seven games to push his totals to 11 in 16 games with Los Angeles. Overall, the former seven-time 30-goal scorer has nine goals and 25 points in 38 games this season.
Campbell made his NHL debut in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Vancovuer Canucks. The 26-year-old was held without a point but did manage two shots in 14:41 of action. Campbell, a native of Caledonia, ON, has three goals and 16 points in 68 games for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs this season.