Sure, the Kings improved their overall record to 6-5 with a win in St. Louis on Monday night.
Putting up five goals on the night, LA has now amassed 41 total goals on the season. This pushed them passed Boston for the most in the NHL.
Indeed, LA has also won two games in a row and three of their last four.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick now has five victories in his last six starts vs. the Blues, going 5-0-1 over that stretch.
Todd McLellan secured his 100th win behind the Kings bench and 11 different LA skaters racked up points in the first contest of this week’s road trip.
Even with all of these storylines, though, there’s really only one thing carrying all the buzz right now — Gabe Vilardi. In his 100th NHL game, the 23-year-old winger did the same thing he did in is 97th, 98th, and 99th NHL games… score a goal. That’s right, for the fourth straight game, Vilardi found the scoresheet; bringing his season total to 8 goals, just one back of Connor McDavid for the league lead.
According to the NHL PR Department, only three players who debuted with the Kings over the past 25 years had as many points as Vilardi (26+23=49) through their first 100 games played with the club: Anze Kopitar (32+58=90), Tyler Toffoli (24+30=54), and Michael Cammalleri (29+24=53).
Below are select highlights from the game:
Postgame thoughts from Todd McLellan following his 100th win with LA 💯🎙#GoKingsGo | @LAKings pic.twitter.com/8Ap5pi2lIQ
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) November 1, 2022
Additional Game Notes:
Today’s pregame lineup article included a brief update on Quinton Byfield.
ICYMI – Rookie defenseman Brandt Clarke will be staying up with the Kings for the balance of the season. Click here to read the full story.
NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes – Hoven on Vilardi, Clarke, Kings Goaltending
Projected Lineup: LA Kings at St. Louis Blues, Plus Byfield Update
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