NHL Hockey

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1:00 PM PT2:00 PM MT3:00 PM CT4:00 PM ET21:00 GMT5:00 2:00 PM MST4:00 PM EST1:00 UAE (+1)16:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 21, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,230

Kings try to quiet Blues before long break

St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings

  1. The Kings won the only meeting of the season, 2-0, in St. Louis on November 19. The Blues have won their last two games in LA, including a 7-2 victory on March 10, 2018 which saw 14 Blues record a point, the most in a game for St. Louis since March 30, 2011 at Detroit (15 skaters had at least one point).
  2. The Blues defeated the Senators at home on Saturday, 3-2, their sixth win of the month (6-3-1, .650). St. Louis has not won more than six games in any month this season, winning exactly six in November (6-8-0, .429) and December (6-6-1, .500).
  3. The Kings lost to the Avalanche in Denver on Saturday, 7-1, their biggest loss since December 17, 2011 at Detroit (8-2). Los Angeles allowed two goals on six power plays in the loss and it has now allowed multiple power-play goals in seven of the 14 games in which its opponent had four or more power plays.
  4. Carl Gunnarsson scored the game-winning goal in the win over the Senators, the fifth game winner of his career. Gunnarsson has five points (2g, 3a) in his seven games since returning from injury, including goals in back-to-back games and a point in five straight. He had zero points in seven skates prior to the injury.
  5. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Kings' lone goal in the loss to the Avalanche, his ninth of the season. Kovalchuk has six goals in 12 career skates against the Blues, but he has not scored against them in this decade -- his last goal against St. Louis was on October 8, 2009.
  6. The Kings have scored 2.6 goals per game at home this season, the second-lowest scoring average in the NHL. The Blues have allowed 2.6 goals per game on the road this season, the third-lowest opponent scoring average in the league.

The Los Angeles Kings host the St. Louis Blues on Monday afternoon, hoping to enter their 12-day break on a high note. The Kings won't play again until Feb. 2.

They are coming off a 7-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, the seventh time this season they've gone down by four goals or more.

"There's one more game on Monday and we've got to get ready," Kings center Anze Kopitar told reporters after the loss. "Each and every one of us has to make sure that we're ready for the puck drop."

The Blues are coming off a 3-2 win against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Saturday. St. Louis also has its league-mandated five-day break beginning next week, and that will come after three days off for All-Star weekend.

Before they can relax, however, the Blues need to play the Kings and visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

"It's important that we stay focused and not think ahead about the break and things like that," St. Louis coach Craig Berube told reporters after the Ottawa game.

"We've got L.A., that did not have a good outing (Saturday), so they're going to be a hungry team and they're a strong team. They're big. It's going to be a hard game, so we have to be ready."

Berube said forward David Perron likely would not make the trip. Perron did not play in the win against the Senators because of an upper-body injury that occurred Thursday in a 5-2 loss at the Boston Bruins, ending his career-high 13-game point streak. Perron has 17 goals and 18 assists.

Berube said forwards Tyler Bozak, Robert Thomas and Zach Sanford would make the trip out West.

Bozak has been out since Dec. 27 with a concussion, Thomas has been sidelined since Jan. 3 with an upper-body injury and Sanford has been out since Jan. 8 with a concussion.

The Blues are 6-3-1 in January and have scored at least three goals in eight of those games, while holding the opposition to two goals or less seven times.

"We're doing a real good job on both ends of the ice right now," Berube said. "We're defending well and our offensive zone time is really good and we're getting a lot of shots."

The Kings went 5-1-1 over the second half of December but haven't maintained that momentum in January. They're 3-5-1 this month to drop to 19-26-4 overall.

Getting off to stronger starts would help them significantly.

Los Angeles is 5-22-3 when allowing the first goal this season, 2-16-2 when trailing after the first period and 0-21-1 when trailing after two.

Avoiding the type of meltdowns that occurred against the Avalanche would also help. The Kings allowed six goals in the second period against Colorado, the first time they had allowed that many in a period since an 8-3 loss at the New York Rangers on Dec. 15, 1999.

Kings coach Willie Desjardins said he expects the team to respond against St. Louis.

"There are guys in there that take a lot of pride in what they do," Desjardins said. "Sometimes it doesn't show in games, but it doesn't mean it's not there. That's a proud group in there, and they'll rebound against St. Louis."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2019

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