Blues at Kings preview with coach Sutter – plus First Goal Contest

Is this a possible playoff preview?

If the NHL’s post-season was kicking off today, one of the first round match-ups in the Western Conference would feature the St. Louis Blues vs. the Los Angeles Kings. With a few weeks left in the regular season though, the brackets are far from being decided. For now, the Kings want to keep winning – and as Rob Scuderi said on last night’s MayorsManor LIVE show, LA still has its sights set on the Pacific Division title.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams, with the Kings holding a 2-1-0 series lead. However, the Blues won the last game, earning a 1-0 shutout in early February. The Kings are currently riding a season-high five game winning streak.

In addition to Scuderi, we also heard thoughts from Jarret Stoll on last night’s show. These are some additional thoughts from coach Darryl Sutter

“They’re the best team in the league for good reason – work ethic, physical game. They play the same way, it doesn’t matter who’s out there, they all play the same way. They have really good depth. They can pretty much throw four lines, whoever they want at you. They’ve had the luxury this year of having two goalies who are right on top of it. So, they can rotate them. Their strengths have some similarities to us. We like to think that our work ethic is close to theirs. We (also) want to be able to match them physically. So, it comes down to the individual stuff then.”

As usual, MayorsManor will host a First Goal Contest tonight. But, before you submit your guess, here’s who a few of the players think will score first…

Stoll – “Mike Richards”

Scuderi – “Justin Williams”

Jordan Nolan – “Colin Fraser”

Justin Williams – “I’d like to say myself (laughing). Sure, why not?”

If you’d like to enter, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Blues. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a free pair of tickets to an upcoming Kings home game.

To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…

- Dustin Brown has 13 goals in 28 career games vs St. Louis

- Anze Kopitar has 9 goals in 23 games (has also scored in each of the Kings last four games)

- Williams has 1 goal in 18 games

- Richards has 2 goals in 7 games

- Jeff Carter has 1 goal in 7 games

- Stoll has 6 goals in 28 games

- Drew Doughty has 1 goal in 14 games

Of course, feel free to take Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, Trevor Lewis or any of the other Kings players. Just stay clear of Kevin Westgarth, Brad Richardson and Davis Drewiske because they’re expected to once again be healthy scratches from tonight’s game.

Good luck!

Note: If you missed last night’s show and want to catch the replay, click here. Besides Scuderi and Stoll, Kings prospect Brandon Kozun called in from Manchester to talk about what’s going on there, we spoke with David Burstyn (Director of Scouting for from McKeen’s Hockey) who educated us on prospects in the OHL and we had lots of hockey talk surrounding the current playoff races.

Comments

  1. Dana says:

    Williams

  2. Matt Holland says:

    King

  3. marc says:

    Stoll

  4. Jenn H. says:

    I’ll go wild card and say Penner!

  5. tyler says:

    Kopi

  6. Larry Palm says:

    Brown

  7. Mike W. says:

    Kopitar FTW

  8. Eddie says:

    Voynov

  9. Nick12 says:

    Los Angeles goal scored by #14 Justiiin Williams!

  10. Kings-Girl says:

    King

  11. Sean says:

    Carter

  12. Soren says:

    Willie Mitchell

  13. Greg A. says:

    Clifford

  14. Adam says:

    Richards

  15. Jason Smith says:

    Carter! Go Kings Go!

  16. Anthony Flores says:

    Richards!!!!! Go Kings Go…..

  17. Cristina says:

    Alec Martinez! :]

  18. James says:

    First goal #77 Jeff Carter #JMFC

  19. David says:

    Dwight King

  20. Kostamojen says:

    Mike Richards

  21. Tatum thomas says:

    Kopi! Keep the streak going!

  22. Evan says:

    Kinger

  23. Brittany says:

    Doughty

  24. Jason says:

    Martinez

  25. David says:

    Brownie

  26. Primo00001 says:

    Kopitar all the way

  27. Justin says:

    Mitchell!

  28. Farawayfrom the rink says:

    Carter in the 3rd

  29. josh287 says:

    Greene

  30. Paige says:

    Strolsy is due.

  31. Steven says:

    Carter

  32. Michael says:

    Dwight King

  33. Janelle says:

    Carter

  34. Brandyn says:

    Williams ;)

  35. Greg Nisenbaum says:

    trevor lewis

  36. Matt says:

    Doughty

  37. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal Kopitar!! Go Kings Go!

  38. Willie Mitchell

  39. Christina says:

    First Goal #Penner. Go #pennercakes

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Colin Fraser

  41. Nicholas says:

    Justin Williams on the PP on his way to a hat trick.

  42. J.J. says:

    Voynov

  43. Arbi says:

    Kopitar

  44. Damien Bueno says:

    Penner! GKG!!!

  45. Laurie says:

    Kopitar

  46. Autumn says:

    greene

  47. Cassie says:

    brownie

  48. moe says:

    Going with Richards again.

  49. STAN says:

    KOPITAR!!!

  50. Evo says:

    The Carter effect.

  51. Jeremy says:

    Brownie!!

  52. jose says:

    Voynov!

  53. Blueline says:

    Jeff Carter

  54. lakingsphan0427 says:

    Albeit Kopi is hot and Richards will start putting up goals my guess will be Brown since I work for UPS: What Can Brown Do For You? LMAO

  55. Kristina says:

    Penner

  56. Adam says:

    Voynov

  57. Rebecca says:

    Doughty

  58. KellyJ says:

    Brown!

  59. Chelsea says:

    Williams!

  60. Nicole says:

    Let’s go with Carter this time…woohoo!

  61. Nick B says:

    I’m going to say Lewis. If not the goal, the first assist (to Penner)

  62. Daniel says:

    Clifford!

  63. Jeff says:

    KOPI

  64. Sher says:

    Richards!!!

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  65. Christian says:

    Rob Scuderi with the element of surprise!

  66. Brenda says:

    Rob Scuderi

    GO KINGS GO!!

  67. Brittney stevens says:

    Kopi!!!!!

  68. kings_dad says:

    8

  69. Greg F says:

    Richards! GKG!!

  70. Trevor B says:

    Dustin Brown

  71. hipcheck says:

    Ill go with Penner as the longshot.

  72. ivyenergy says:

    Nolan

  73. Marissa says:

    WILLIAMS!

  74. Kerry says:

    Kopitar

  75. Fricke says:

    Williams….

  76. N3DD says:

    Clifford! Just pay me now!

  77. Rod Rounke says:

    Slava Voynov

  78. jason says:

    kopitar

  79. geneucla says:

    Brown

  80. Melinda says:

    Williams

  81. Anthony Mendeola says:

    Clifford.

  82. Venicia says:

    Brown

  83. Colin Fraser

  84. Hopesfail says:

    Staying with Carter.

  85. Eric says:

    Martinez. and btw, hipcheck, Penner is not a long shot unless he’s in the press box.

  86. Lee says:

    Brown

  87. Ernie Montoya says:

    Dreeeeewww Doughty!

  88. james says:

    Kyle Clifford

  89. Dan says:

    Nolan

  90. Lynn H says:

    Brown

  91. Sam G says:

    Kopitar

  92. Rachel says:

    Brown

  93. Boye says:

    Dustin Brown!

  94. kira Santora says:

    kopitar! : + )

  95. Tom says:

    carter

  96. jason says:

    kyle clifford

  97. Rocio Escareno says:

    Justin Willians

  98. Ali says:

    Dustin Brown

  99. Chris Bond says:

    Penner BABY! GO KINGS LETS GET THIS!

  100. Sben88 says:

    Im going with voynov!

  101. bucky says:

    Jeff carter ! JMFC JMFC

  102. Peter Naumann says:

    Brownie

  103. Niko says:

    Doughty

  104. Pobo says:

    Stoll

  105. Rusty says:

    Clifford!

  106. Richards

  107. Karo says:

    GKG!! Justin Williams!

  108. Devin M says:

    KIng

  109. Michele says:

    Richards

  110. Lauren says:

    Richards

  111. veronica valenzuela says:

    Anze Kopitar

  112. Dave says:

    Carter gets it

  113. Ruben Sanchez says:

    Jeff Carter!!

  114. amy vincent says:

    Greene

  115. David says:

    Brown

  116. Marc C says:

    Voynov

  117. Eric C says:

    Kopitar!

  118. Jeff says:

    Carter

  119. admin says:

    Normally, if the Kings don’t score in regulation or overtime, there isn’t a winner in the First Goal Contest…becuase shootout goals don’t officially count as a ‘goal’ in NHL statistics. However, the Kings had a big win last night and they’re in first place. So, we’re going to make an exception here and declare Mike Richards as the guy who scored the first goal. One random winner was pulled from the above entries and ‘Sher’ is getting a free pair of tickets – see above.