NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 19th
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Stars (3-3-0) at Los Angeles Kings (5-3-0), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings kick off an extended stay at home,
one that begins on Saturday night with a meeting against the former division
rival Dallas Stars.
Just two of the Kings' first eight games this season came at home, a 3-1 loss
to the New York Rangers on Oct. 7 followed two days later with an overtime win
against Ottawa. Los Angeles went 3-1 on a recent road trip, capping the swing
with Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over Nashville.
The Kings will now play four straight and eight of their next nine at home
after improving to 4-0 in overtime and shootouts this season.
Los Angeles got its regulation goal from Slava Voynov, while Anze Kopitar has
the lone shootout tally. Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots through overtime.
"He was sharp tonight," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said of his goaltender.
"He was good early, and it's a good test for him, because it's a building
where he's had a tough time."
Quick has been a bit more successful versus the Stars, going 14-6-2 with a
2.40 goals against average in 22 previous meetings.
Dallas remains without its No. 1 netminder in Kari Lehtonen, who has missed
the last three games with a lower-body injury. He did practice on Friday, but
is not expected to be ready for this game or Sunday's contest in Anaheim.
Dan Ellis is likely to spell Lehtonen again on Saturday and is 7-2-0 with a
2.44 GAA in 10 games versus Los Angeles.
Ellis made 32 saves through overtime before holding off another three skaters
in the shootout of a 4-3 victory over San Jose. Alex Chiasson had the game-
winner in the tiebreaker for Dallas.
"When coach told me I was going third (in the shootout), I just took a couple
of deep breaths. These are the situations you want to be in as a player,"
Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Trevor Daley scored in regulation as the Stars
snapped a two-game slide, while Ellis settled down after yielding a goal just
nine seconds into the game.
It marked the fastest goal ever scored against the Stars franchise, surpassing
the record of 10 set by Duane Sutter of the New York Islanders against the
Minnesota North Stars on Nov. 15, 1986. Chicago's Dave Bolland also scored 10
seconds into a meeting with the Dallas Stars on March 16, 2012.
The Stars, who moved from the Pacific to the Central Division this season
under realignment, went 3-1-1 in five meetings with its former division mates
last season. Dallas is also 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Los Angeles.
10/19 10:33:04 ET