The Los Angeles Kings continue their homestand Saturday night as they host the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center. The Kings opened their residency with a 2-1 shootout loss to Calgary on Thursday night. It was the third consecutive overtime game for the Kings.
The Kings have still only lost one time in regulation in Darryl Sutter's first 15 games as head coach, as the club is 8-1-6 under Sutter. The Kings have alternated wins and losses in each of their last 12 games. After a brief goal-scoring spurt that saw the Kings score 13 goals in three games, Los Angeles has scored just four times in their last three contests.
"Our third line has got to start scoring some goals for us," Sutter told Deborah Francisco of NHL.com. "They're doing a lot of good things, working hard and giving us a lot of energy and doing good things. We want them to be better at faceoffs and we want them to do better finishing. Trevor is, right now, carrying that line. The other two guys can play better for us.'"
This is the third of four meetings between the Kings and Avalanche this season, and the Kings have lost each of the first two contests. The Kings lost 3-2 in regulation at Pepsi Center on October 30, and they lost 2-1 in a shootout at Staples Center on January 2.
Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and notes regarding Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.