Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 38 vs. Philadelphia, January 2, 2016, 1pm PST
After a flawless road trip, the Los Angeles Kings hope to continue their recent roll on home ice as they set to play host to the 15-14-7 Philadelphia Flyers for a Saturday matinee at STAPLES Center. This will be the second and final meeting between the Kings and Flyers this season.
These clubs last met at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 17 when Milan Lucic scored a last-minute goal to tie the game before Anze Kopitar won it in the shootout for the Kings. In said game, which they lost 3-2, the Flyers had goals from defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (who notched his first-career NHL goal) and star forward Claude Giroux. The latter, in fact, leads the Flyers with 12 goals and 29 points this season. Second on the club’s points list this season is Jakub Voracek who’s 20 of 24 points so far are assists. Expect the duo to make some noise on Saturday.
The Flyers enter Saturday’s matchup six points out of a playoff spot while having lost two-in-a-row. However, they did beat the Kings in their last visit to STAPLES Center when they edged them 2-1 back on Dec. 6, 2014. But that was a long time ago and the silver-and-black have become stronger, both physically and mentally, since then. It will be up to the Flyers to solve this club who have reeled off four-straight victories.
One player the Kings will not have the services of in this one will be Jeff Carter. The ex-Flyer suffered an upper-body injury four games ago in Arizona and has not played since. Despite being the club’s leading scorer, though, Carter’s absence has not hurt the Kings in the slightest. In fact, Los Angeles has gone 3-0-0 while outscoring their opponents 14-3 without No. 77 in the lineup. They will hope for the same success on Saturday.
As for the Flyers, they just want to start the new year off right. But so do the Kings. We’ll see which club gets their 2016 off to an auspicious beginning.
Enjoy the game!