The Los Angeles Kings welcome the Washington Capitals to the Staples Center tonight, a team the Kings haven't faced since February of last year. What was true in that 4-1 Kings victory last year is still true tonight, as Alex Ovechkin goes so goes the Caps offense. The Kings however have had trouble finding a consistant source of goals, as Anze Kopitar goes hot and cold.
The Caps are on their second game of a two game California trip. Up in the Bay Area over the weekend, the Sharks were able to put five up against the Capitals, winning 5-2. The key was a three goal third period, much like the one the Kings had almost a year ago against the Caps in Washington. Before Saturday's loss, the Capitals had won four straight games.
The Kings lost 1-0 on Saturday to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the first time the Kings failed to pick up any points in nine games. While the Kings have been able to keep pace in the West, their poor goal output is still the sticking point with this team who are last in the NHL with 88 goals.
What has saved the Kings is the man making the saves, goalie Jonathan Quick. Quick has a 5-1-2 record with two shutouts, a 1.10 goals against average, and a .958 save percentage since Darryl Sutter took over behind the King's bench and the team went on the nine game points streak.