You would think that Los Angeles would be used to scandals, but the Los Angeles Kings have had more than they're fair share these past couple seasons. With Slava Voynov's charges, Jarret Stoll and his problems with the law and no one has forgotten Mike Richards...have they? With a cast and crew fit for a bad reality show, the Kings cut their losses and started out this year just trying to stay out of the headlines. That wasn't the case as they started the season 0-3 while only putting two pucks past those three goalies. People were wondering if the Kings weren't so royal anymore.
Winning the Stanley Cup twice in three years is a feat most teams dream of. They traded cups with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-2015, each winning a pair. Fitting that the Kings roll into Chicago tonight to hopefully shut down the critics and show that they can still run with the leagues best. Going for their eighth straight win since their sluggish start, they have since outscored opponents 22-9 in the seven games since. They aren't just beating opponents, their flat out bowling them over. They're playing with a lot of confidence right now and as long as they don't let it get too their heads they should continue to roll.
Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli co-lead LA in points with 10. The goalie tandem of Jhonas Enroth and Jonathon Quick have been air tight lately. They have a 1.00 GAA and 2.09 GAA respectively. Quick has started nine of the ten games so far and has a .925 save percentage. He currently sits 11th in the league in save percentage of goalies who have started five or more games. He sits just two shutouts back for 40 in his career.
LA is 3-7-0 vs. Chicago over their last 10 regular season games. Chicago is looking to avoid a three game skid and could be without forward Marian Hossa who is questionable after sustaining a lower-body injury in a losing effort versus the Minnesota Wild. Chicago sits sixth in the Central Division, three points out of a playoff spot and is 6-5-0 on the young season.