LA Kings players talk Sharks game and First Goal Contest

Richards scores LA Kings Sharks It all comes down to this. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Kings and Sharks will play each other in a home-and-home series, as the Pacific Division title is yet to be decided.  In the four previous match-ups this year, each team has won the two games played on their home ice.

Unfortunately, Jeff Carter won’t be available tonight to celebrate any possible Kings goals, like he’s doing in the above photo. Nor did big number-77 get a chance to participate when I asked several of his teammates who will score the first goal tonight. You may recall, he correctly predicted Mike Richards in the last game vs. San Jose – and he was sure to chirp me about it the next day. For now, he continues to nurse a sore ankle and isn’t likely to return unless the Kings make the playoffs.

Continuing to take Carter’s spot in the line-up will be Brad Richardson, who shared some of his memories playing the Sharks and then looked ahead to tonight’s game…

“Last year in the playoffs, I was able to play center – which I hadn’t played in a while. So, that was fun to get back to my natural position. Me and Simmer and Cliffy – we had a good playoff series and we were contributing. That was probably my best memory versus the Sharks. It sucked to lose that series, but it was fun to be in an offensive role. As far as the next couple of games though, it looks like the league’s schedule worked out kind of nice. They’re a good team and they’ve had a season like us, filled with lots of ups and downs. Everybody in here, we’re really looking forward to getting a big win (tonight). I’m sure they’re doing the same, so it’s going to be a battle.”

Defenseman Willie Mitchell also passed along these thoughts…

“I think they have two really good lines up front and they’re very good down low. They’re a much bigger team and stronger team than what we’ve played in the last few games. Edmonton is more of a smaller, skilled, fast team. These guys (the Sharks) really like to play from the back of the net area and cycle the puck. Personally speaking, that will be a lot of the focus for me and the other defensemen.”

MayorsManor will once again bring you a First Goal Contest as part of the game. However, since there aren’t any more regular season games to give tickets away to, we have a different prize. You’re playing for a MayorsManor t-shirt. Entering is easy, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Sharks. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded the shirt.

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

– Dustin Brown has 11 goals in 47 career games vs San Jose

Anze Kopitar has 12 goals in 37 career games
His prediction: Justin Williams

– Williams has 1 goal in 18 career games

Richards has 4 goals in 11 career games

– Jarret Stoll has 4 goals in 35 career games
His prediction: Richardson

– Richardson has 0 goals in 23 career games
His prediction: “me”

– Drew Doughty has 1 goal in 22 career games
His prediction: Ron Scuderi

Other predictions – Davis Drewiske said “Dustin Penner, I think he’s due for another one”…Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford took their centerman, Colin Fraser…Dwight King and Penner took Brown.

Finally, Mitchell added his own spin on things – “I’ll take anyone, just as long as we get the first one. That first one’s important. So, I’d take anyone. I’ll take myself though, why not? You gotta to think you’re going to score, right?”

When selecting, please note that Kevin Westgarth and Drewiske are scheduled to be healthy scratches again.

Good luck!

Note: pre-game interviews with Clifford and Doughty can be found here and here.

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Comments

  1. KingsGirl1 says:

    Brown!!

  2. KING

  3. amy vincent says:

    Greene

  4. Vanessa Gutierrez says:

    Dustin brown!

  5. LEWIS

  6. Michael Aure says:

    Dustin Penner

  7. kopitar

  8. Brittany says:

    Stoll. He has to score eventually, right?

  9. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal Williams! Go Kings Go!

  10. Kelly Ann says:

    Dustin Penner!

  11. Puckn-A says:

    Justin Williams.

  12. Brown

  13. Lewis

  14. Rod Rounke says:

    Mike Richards, with the Bauer Nexus, in the Staples Center.

  15. McNickk says:

    Justin Williams

  16. Williams

  17. Mr. Doughty will have the first goal.

  18. Trevor Lewis!

  19. Anthony Flores says:

    Richardson…

  20. Kostamojen says:

    Slava Voynov

  21. Veronica Valenzuela says:

    Anze Kopitar :)

  22. colo king fan says:

    Doughty.

  23. Brittney Stevens says:

    Kopi

  24. Jenn H. says:

    Cliffy!! Go Kings Go!!!!

  25. Richards with the first goal.

  26. KOPI

  27. Chelsea says:

    Mitchell!

  28. Lewis

  29. Stoll

  30. Indiana says:

    Kopitar, from Richardson!

  31. Kristina says:

    Penner

  32. Richardson

  33. josh287 says:

    Richardson from brown

  34. Melinda says:

    Dwight King

  35. kopitar

  36. ivyenergy says:

    Fraser

  37. Dwight King

  38. clifford!

  39. Scuderi!!!

  40. Doughty99 says:

    I’m taking two guys here, if that disqualifies me so be it:

    RON (sic) SCUDERI and “Matt Greene: Point Machine” (trademark pending)

    GKG!!!

  41. Richardson

  42. Kopi

  43. jordan s says:

    Richaaaaaards!

  44. Michele says:

    Richards

  45. Donuts

  46. Nick Poynter says:

    Stoll all the way

  47. Dustin Brown

  48. Brandyn says:

    Alec Martinez

  49. sstephen17 says:

    Kopitar will get the first goal, followed by Williams, then Richards with an empty netter to seal it 3-1.

  50. Lewis

  51. Willie Mitchell

    Go KINGS Go!!
    :)

  52. Michele says:

    Kopitar!!!!!

  53. Brownie

  54. CLIFFFFFFOOOOOOORRRRRRDDDDD

  55. Voynov…same as always!

  56. IIShort says:

    BIG WILLIE Mitchelle……GO KINGS!

  57. Jarret Stoll, man.

  58. Blueline says:

    Willie Mitchell

  59. Victoria Desimone says:

    Drew Doughty

  60. Mike Richards

  61. Penner!

  62. First Goal Anze Kopitar!!

  63. Alec Martinez. :]

  64. Stoll? Yeah, Stoll. It’s been forever since he scored.

  65. Christie says:

    Stoll. Why not?

  66. Mike Richards

  67. Tatum thomas says:

    Brown!

  68. Voynov!

  69. Rocio Escareno says:

    Justin Williams

  70. Drewiske

  71. Shelley says:

    Lewis. You got this Kings!!

  72. Mike Richards

  73. Kopitar

  74. Anthony Mendeola says:

    Kopitar!

  75. gonna go out on a limb and say Fraser

  76. Richards

  77. Donna Cobb says:

    King

  78. Dustin Brown

  79. Richards!!!!

  80. Vanessa Gutierrez says:

    Brown

  81. Brandy Gutierrez says:

    Williams will score 1st goal.

  82. Janelle says:

    Williams

  83. Kopi!!

  84. King

  85. Going long odds… Greene or Penner? Greene or Penner? (Flips coin) Penner!!!

  86. Nicholas says:

    Nolan in the 1st on his 1st shot on his 1st shift.

  87. TomRam16 says:

    Anze Kopitar!!!;)

  88. Kings87 says:

    Williams!

  89. Martinez