NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 14th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (21-7-4) at Ottawa Senators (13-14-6), 2 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The sizzling Los Angeles Kings will try to push their
longest winning streak of the season to six games when they visit the Ottawa
Senators for Saturday's matinee battle at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Kings have opened December on a five-game winning streak, which also
matches the club's longest stretch of victories from last season. Los Angeles
has outscored the opposition by a combined 18-5 margin during its current hot
L.A. last won six straight from March 11-22, 2012, a few months before the
Kings earned the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup title.
The two most recent wins came at the start of a four-game road trip, a swing
L.A. will complete in Chicago on Sunday when it battles the defending champion
Blackhawks in a showdown between the last two Cup winners.
After beginning the trek with an impressive 6-0 win in Montreal on Tuesday,
the Kings recorded a 3-1 triumph the following night in Toronto. Jeff Carter
notched the go-ahead goal and one assist, with Mike Richards contributing two
helpers, as L.A. downed the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
It was the third straight road win for the Kings and their seventh in the past
eight away from the Staples Center. L.A. is 11-3-2 on the road this season
after beginning 2013-14 with a 4-3-1 mark as the guest.
Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford also lit the lamp for the Kings. Martin Jones
had his shutout streak halted at 177 minutes, 16 seconds, but nonetheless
moved to 4-0-0 on his young career with a 38-save performance.
Even though Jones was coming off consecutive shutout wins heading into the
Toronto game, many people expected former Maple Leafs Ben Scrivens to get the
start, especially after Jones played the night before in Montreal.
"I just make sure I'm ready when I am called upon, just try to give these guys
a chance to win," Jones said. "We've got a great team here."
It was Scrivens' first trip back to Toronto since L.A. acquired him in the
trade that sent former Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Leafs. Bernier
was in action for Toronto on Wednesday and the loss after stopping 20 shots.
Jones could get the call again for the Kings on Saturday. He has never faced
Ottawa, while Scrivens is 1-2-0 with a 2.01 goals against average in three
career outings against the Sens.
Kings center Colin Fraser will miss Saturday's game due to a concussion
suffered against the Leafs. Fraser has one assist in 17 games this season.
Ottawa has won two of its last three games and has earned a point in four
straight contests, posting a 2-0-2 record during that stretch. The Senators
recently split a home-and-home series with Buffalo, losing in a shootout at
the Sabres on Tuesday before notching a 2-1 regulation win in Thursday's home
Craig Anderson was the difference for Ottawa in Thursday's win, as he stopped
40-of-41 shots sent his way by the Sabres. The performance matched Anderson's
highest save total of the season. He also made 40 saves in a home win over New
Jersey on Oct. 17.
"It's always fun and you feel good when you win," said Anderson, "It's a bonus
that we were able to do it in a 2-1 fashion."
Bobby Ryan posted a goal and an assist, while Zack Smith had a goal and Kyle
Turris added two assists for the Senators.
The back end of the home-and-home set with the Sabres marked the start of a
three-game stay for the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa, which will
close the homestand Monday against St. Louis, is 6-8-3 as the host this
The Kings have dominated Ottawa in recent years, going 10-2-0 with a tie in
the past 13 games in this series. The Sens, however, have claimed two of the
last three encounters in Canada's capital city.
12/14 10:25:03 ET