The Los Angeles Kings rebounded nicely last week after dropping 2 games in a row, getting wins over the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders. The Kings will now ride that 3 game win streak into Montreal in what will be the first game of a four game road trip.
The Kings continue to play their brand of hockey, which is defensively sound, turning opponent’s giveaways into goals. The Kings’ defense is ranked top 3 in the league and it has been over a month since they last conceded more than 2 goals in a game. LA continues to keep pace in the tough Pacific Division, currently sitting in 3rd place behind the San Jose Sharks and the Ducks. The Kings will need everyone to contribute on this road trip if they want to come away with good results.
This 4 game road trip consists of the Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Goaltending and defense will be the key in all this games and the players to keep an eye on are Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.
Scrivens and Jones have protected their net very well, especially Scrivens who has been on fire since he began to start in place of the injured Jonathan Quick. Scrivens is allowing on average 1.56 goals per game and has 7 wins to his name. Jones was called up from the AHL to serve as Scrivens backup and has won the last 2 games for the Kings. With Scrivens and Jones playing amazing and a defense led by superstar Drew Doughty the Kings are able to stay in every game and pull out close wins.
One other thing to look out for on this road trip is the continued better play of Dustin Brown. Brown started out this season slow and has struggled mightily throughout this season. Brown is on pace to have one of the worst seasons of his career, but has played better as of late. He has scored in 2 consecutive games and could be ready to go on a scoring streak. With Brown contributing more and the rest of the team playing well it is quite possible that the Kings could stretch this 3 game winning streak to 7 after this road trip. It all starts tonight against the Montreal Canadians.