Carolina Hurricanes @ Los Angeles Kings: Game Preview

Going west means facing a team the Hurricanes haven’t played in over a year thanks to last season’s temporary realignment. The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t played the Los Angeles Kings in LA since October 15, 2019. And the last time the teams even played was in Raleigh on January 11, 2020, resulting in a 2-0 win for the Hurricanes. (Oddly enough, both Kings / Hurricanes games that season were 2-0 wins for the Hurricanes.)

A lot has changed for both teams during this time. The Kings have left most of their Stanley Cup winners behind, with only Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick left. Some of the Kings’ most acclaimed talents are starting to make an impact at the NHL level, with players like Arthur Kaliyev and Rasmus Kupari becoming regulars this year.

Of course, nothing is easy in this league, and the Kings have already weathered some adversity. Top prospect Quinton Byfield, slated to be featured on the opening night’s list, broke his ankle in the final pre-season game. Defenders Drew Doughty and Sean Walker both suffered early knee injuries; Doughty is a few weeks away from returning and Walker is out for the season. After an exciting win at the season opener against Vegas, the team went on a six-game losing streak.

But hockey is a fun sport; Suddenly all the new players on the list started clicking at the same time and the Kings rose to a winning streak of seven games. This led to people asking: Are the kings good? And the answer is, well, nobody really knows.

The Hurricanes will be a tough test – the visiting team’s speed, superior specialty teams, and a vintage performance by Freddie Andersen will definitely give the Hurricanes the edge.

Before the game starts, let’s see how the two teams fit together:

Population statistics

category Hurricanes Kings
category Hurricanes Kings
Record 13-2-0 8-6-2
Goals / game 3.40 2.56
Goals conceded / game 1.87 2.44
Shots / game 33.67 34.25
Face-off profit% 55.2% 53.5%
Power play% (rank) 24.1% (8.) 17.9% (19.)
Penalty Kill% (Rank) 87.1% (6.) 75.6% (26.)
ES courses for% 55.23% 51.30%
IS PDO 102.94 101.70
PIM / game 09:55 06:45

Goalkeeper # 1

category Frederik Andersen Jonathan Quick
category Frederik Andersen Jonathan Quick
Record 10-2-0 4-4-1
Save on computer % .941 .940
ATM 1.71 1.88

Goalkeeper # 2

category Antti Raanta Cal Petersen
category Antti Raanta Cal Petersen
Record 2-0-0 4-2-1
Save on computer % .906 .902
ATM 2.27 2.84

Game hints

  • The Kings appointed defender Sean Durzi on Friday. No indication of whether he will play yet, but his 13 points and five goals topped all active AHL defenders.
  • In the absence of Doughty and Walker, defenseman Kale Clague has shown and impressed now that he finally has the chance to play bigger minutes. Almost everyone expected Seattle to choose him in the draft expansion; Instead, he is now the quarterback for the Kings’ first power play unit.
  • The kings are led by Anze Kopitar who has 16 points in 16 games. The captain has been cooling off lately but hot on his heels is the underrated striker Alex Iafallo, who accompanies his offensive with strong defensive instincts.
  • These two teams don’t face each other that often, but several Hurricanes have found their goals against the Kings. Sebastian Aho has six points in eight games. Teuvo Teravainen, who saw his share of the Kings when he was still playing in the Western Conference, has 13 points in 13 games. Freddie Andersen is no stranger to the Kings either; he’s 8-1-3 in his career against that, with a .935 save percentage.
  • Speaking of Teravainen, this will be his 350th NHL regular season game against the Hurricanes. He has played a total of 464.
  • Seth Jarvis will play his ninth NHL game; if he continues to play afterwards (which he should very much like), the first year of his entry-level contract will be officially activated.

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