The Los Angeles Kings look to extend their point streak to 10 games on Saturday afternoon as they host the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center. The Kings are 6-0-3 in their last nine games, and 5-0-3 under Darryl Sutter, having yet to lose in regulation under their new head coach.
The Kings are still last in the league with 88 goals and 2.15 goals per game, and they haven't found much offense yet under Sutter with 15 goals in eight games. But they have a red-hot goalie in Jonathan Quick that helps them keep picking up points. "It doesn't matter how we do it, as long as we are getting two points and we continue to climb the standings," Quick told Dan Rosen of NHL.com. "That's what we are trying to do here."
Quick is 6-0-2 in his last eight starts and has allowed just 10 goals during that span. He leads the NHL with six shutouts this season, including one Thursday night against Phoenix, and is sixth in the league with a .933 save percentage and fifth with a 1.95 goals against average. During his 6-0-2 run, Quick's save percentage is .956.
This is the fourth game of a six-game homestand for the Kings, is 4-0-1 in their last five games at Staples Center. Columbus has the worst record in the NHL at 10-24-5 and has lost eight of their last nine games. This is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, with the Kings having won their last four meetings dating back to last season.
Saturday afternoon's 1 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.