In the last meeting between the Kings and Senators (on November 22, 2010), Anze Kopitar opened the scoring 10 minutes into the first period. LA eventually lost that game 3-2. It stands as Kopitar’s only goal vs Ottawa in four career games. How have some of his teammates fared?
Dustin Brown – no goals in six games
Justin Williams – five goals in 27 games
Dustin Penner – three goals in six games
Mike Richards – 12 goals in 21 games
Jarret Stoll – no goals in five games
Drew Doughty – one goal in three games
Willie Mitchell – no goals in 10 games
Rob Scuderi – one goal in 17 games
– A few notes from the Sens bench – first, LA is one of only two cities where Jason Spezza has not recorded at least one point (St. Louis is the other) and Ottawa hasn’t lost back to back games in regulation since early November. In the games following a regulation loss, they’ve gone 6-0-1 since then. They lost yesterday in Anaheim. So, we’ll see if that holds up.
– For tonight’s first goal contest, Bailey wanted in on the action. He’s going with Koitar – ‘because he is signing for my Buddies tonight’ read the text. For those interested, Bailey’s Buddies is now priced at $19.99. More information is available here.
– More first goal predictions: Now, Brown has been the only player to correctly identify which Kings player will score first in a game. Doughty, Johnson, Penner and others have all missed on the question. Tonight, Kevin Westgarth is calling his shot. He says HE will score first vs the Sens.
– If you’d like to participate in the MayorsManor First Goal contest, we’ll be giving away a free pair of tickets to next week’s home game vs. Columbus. It’s easy to play, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Senators…or reply to the facebook / twitter updates that will be posted around 7:00pm. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded the tickets. Good luck!
Pre-game interview with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson – includes a mock All Star draft
Pre-game interview with Chris Neil – he sizes up the Kings v Senators game, including Westgarth, etc