Preview: St. Louis at Los Angeles
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 9, 2016
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
The St. Louis Blues attempt to end their recent struggles as they wrap up their three-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. St. Louis’ winless streak reached five games (0-2-3) on Friday as it squandered a two-goal lead before dropping a 4-3 decision at Anaheim in a shootout.
The Blues could be without three key players when they face the Kings as goaltender Jake Allen, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and Paul Stastny all exited Friday’s defeat with injuries. Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles continues its four-game homestand that began Thursday with a 2-1 triumph over Toronto. Vincent Lecavalier notched an assist in his debut with the Kings after being acquired from Philadelphia while Jeff Carter — another former Flyer — returned from a five-game absence because of an upper-body injury to score the winning goal. Carter also netted the winning tally Nov. 3 and Jhonas Enroth made 24 saves as Los Angeles blanked the Blues 3-0 in St. Louis.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE BLUES (23-14-7): Stastny was the first to leave Friday’s contest, exiting with six minutes remaining in the first period after taking a puck off his head, while Bouwmeester departed 36 seconds later after being drilled into the boards by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf. Allen appeared to injure his knee in a collision with Corey Perry early in the second and finally left the game seven minutes into the session. Vladimir Tarasenko recorded two goals and two assists during his three-game point streak before being blanked Friday.
ABOUT THE KINGS (26-12-2): Jonathan Quick is riding a six-game winning streak during which he has posted a 1.33 goals-against average and .955 save percentage. On Thursday, the 29-year-old came within 9:55 of recording his 41st career shutout, which would move him past Frank Brimsek and John Vanbiesbrouck for most among American-born goaltenders. Defenseman Luke Schenn also made his debut Thursday after coming over in the deal with Lecavalier, recording three shots and two penalty minutes in 15:59 of ice time.
1. Carter’s next goal will be his 100th as a member of the Kings.
2. Blues C Patrik Berglund needs one point to become the second Swede in team history to reach 250 for his career (Jorgen Petersson, 332).
3. Los Angeles has won six consecutive home meetings with St. Louis since losing March 17, 2011.
PREDICTION: Kings 4, Blues 2