Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 29 @ Buffalo, December 12, 2015, 4pm PST
The Los Angeles Kings continue their road trip as they move from the Steel City to the Queen City where they will take on the 11-15-3 Buffalo Sabres for the first of two meetings this season.
The Kings are coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Pittsburgh on Friday night, so they will be a team entering Saturday’s contest with little rest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing, however, is the silver-and-black, like many teams in the league, tend to play better hockey on such short rest. Nevertheless, they will be in tough against an up-and-coming Sabres squad.
Saturday will mark the first time the Kings will be facing wunderkind Jack Eichel.
In 29 games this season, the second-overall pick from 2015 is tied with Ryan O’Reilly for the team lead in goals with nine while his 14 points are good enough for third behind Rasmus Ristolainen and the aforementioned O’Reilly. But the Sabres have more guns than that, like one-time King Matt Moulson, former Pacific foe Jamie McGinn and youngster Max Reinhart.
The Kings, though, are one of the best defensive teams in the league and in goal, they will most likely be going with a former Sabre in Jhonas Enroth.
In five games this season, Enroth has gone 3-1-0 with a 1.17 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage. He will hope to further frustrate his old team who have lost three-in-a-row entering Saturday’s contest. In fact, it was just last December when Enroth beat the Kings as a Sabre.
Los Angeles is off to a promising 2-0-0 start to their six-game road trip and will not only look to remain flawless but will also vie to become just the second-fastest Kings club to reach 20 wins — and the fastest since 1980-81.
It should be a good one.
Enjoy the game!