Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 31 @ Montreal, December 17, 2015, 4:30pm PST
Coming off a sluggish effort in Ottawa that saw their nine-game point streak come to an end, the Los Angeles Kings will hope to get back on track on Thursday night. But will not be easy as they visit the Bell Centre to take on the 20-9-3 Montreal Canadiens. This will be the first of two meetings between the clubs this season.
The Habs, while they do lead the Northeast Division, are just 4-5-1 in their last 10 outings but 11-5-2 on home ice. Last time the Kings and Canadiens met in Montreal came on Dec. 12 of last year when the home team won by a convincing 6-2 score. The Kings did beat the Canadiens later in the season at STAPLES Center but last year’s trip to La Belle Provence was one to forget for the silver-and-black as defenseman P.K. Subban had a three-point night. This season, Subban leads all Montreal blueliners with 22 points but the Habs are led overall in goals by Max Pacioretty with 14 and in points by Tomas Plekanec with 27. Off to their greatest start in franchise history this season, the Habs are nonetheless loaded with more than enough offensive weapons.
In goal, it’s going to be a different story as Mike Condon will most likely be making his first-career start against the Kings. This season, the 25-year-old has a record of 9-5-3 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
As for Jonathan Quick, he has struggled against the Canadiens in his career. In four games, he has gone 2-2-0 with a 2.71 GAA and an .872 save percentage. The Kings and their fans will be hoping for a better outing on Thursday.
Enjoy the game!