Kings Vs. Stars: L.A. Closes Out Homestand With Pacific Division Battle

The Kings are 5-1-1 in their last seven games at Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Kings look to close out their six-game homestand with a win as they host the Dallas Stars Thursday night at Staples Center. The Kings are currently in second place in the Pacific Division and eighth place in the Western Conference with 49 points, two points ahead of Dallas.

The Kings are 3-1-1 on their current homestand, 5-1-1 in their last seven home games, and 7-1-3 in their last 11 games, including 6-1-3 under new coach Darryl Sutter. A big reason for their success of late has been the play of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was named an NHL All-Star on Thursday for the first time in his career.

Quick leads the NHL with six shutouts this season, is fourth with a 1.93 goals against average, and fifth with a .934 save percentage. In his last six starts, Quick is 6-1-2 and has only allowed 11 goals, with a .955 save percentage.

"I don't know if anything is easy for us these days," defenseman Jack Johnson told Matthew Makiewich of NHL.com. "But we finally scored some goals, which makes everything easier. It's a great feeling to give our goalies some breathing room finally."

The Kings are 11-0-0 when they score three goals or more this season. They are 2-1-1 against Dallas this season, with each team winning once on the other's home ice.

Thursday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more Kings news and information, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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