New Jersey Devils at LA Kings – what to watch for

LA comes into the game with a 5-1-1 record, including wins in four straight and both of their games at Staples Center this season.

New Jersey is 3-2-1, splitting the two games they’ve played on the road.

Here are some things to watch for tonight…

- Goaltending: The Devils lost future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur when these two teams met up a few weeks ago. Johan Hedberg will fill in for New Jersey. He has a 2.24 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in five games played. The Kings will counter will Jonathan Bernier, making just his second start of the season. Terry Murray explained why he’s resting Jonathan Quick in an article here.

- Dustin Penner: Contract year. Those two words alone should equal plenty of points. So far, they don’t. In five games played – well, four and some change, considering he sat out of most of the game in Philly after a first period fight – he has one lonely assist to show for his efforts. All of LA’s other top-six forwards have at least one goal and four points.

- Ilya Kovalchuk: Until he retires, he’ll probably be the one player to never wear a Kings jersey who will forever be linked to the Kings franchise. GM Dean Lombardi’s pursuit of the Russian sniper didn’t end well last summer and it left a bad taste in the mouth of many people. Ultimately, it may have worked out better for LA. However, he’s not expected to get a warm welcome by the home crowd tonight. Kovalchuk was also credited with the game winner when the Kings and Devils met in third game of the season.

Game time is 7:30pm PST.

As usual, we will be running our first goal contest tonight too. If you’d like a chance at winning a free t-shirt from Glass Bangers, simply reply below with the name of the Kings player you think will score the first goal for LA tonight.

Entering is easy, you can even use your facebook profile.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Jonathan Bernier on coach Murray’s goaltending plans for the LA Kings

Terry Murray explains his reasons for going with Bernier vs. the Devils

Where has the shot mentality been in the third period?  – Murray tries to explain

POLL:  Did Murray make the right call by resting Quick vs. New Jersey

Summertime chat with Jonathan Bernier – what he’s been up to

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

Sirius XM NHL Network

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio – LAK issues, contracts, line combos

Follow @mayorNHL Here is a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about all the latest topics surrounding the LA Kings, including – their game vs. the Blues, what’s wrong with the line combos, contract talks with Justin Williams, the AHL moving […]

STL Tarasenko

Puck Probability: Odds for Blues at Kings, December 18

No, the Kings and Blues aren’t starting another seven-game playoff series, it only feels that way. Later tonight, they will close out their two-game home-and-home series with a matchup at Staples Center. Will the Kings come from ahead to lose again, like they did on Tuesday? That answer won’t be known for several more hours. […]

STL Hitchcock

Things You May Not Know: Blues at Kings Edition

When your team comes from ahead to lose, that usually upsets the coach. Thus, Darryl Sutter probably isn’t the guy you want to speak with at the moment considering the Kings third period collapse in St. Louis last night. There is some good news, though. Less than 48 hours after the final buzzer sounded under […]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. thelexsters says:
  2. Easton Fection says:
  3. Jadedtool says:
  4. Anonymous says:
  5. Anonymous says:
  6. The Mayor says: