Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 43 vs. Ottawa, January 16, 2016, 1pm PST
After a five-day layoff, their longest of the season to date, the Los Angeles Kings are back to work on Saturday when they get set to play host the 20-18-6 Ottawa Senators in a matinee affair.
Saturday marks the second and final time the Kings and Sens meet this season. The Senators won the first meeting by a 5-3 count back on Dec. 14 at the Canadian Tire Centre. En route to said win, Ottawa exploded with a four-goal second period with two goals from Mike Hoffman and two-point evenings from Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad.
Surrendering five goals on 21 shots, the loss was Jonathan Quick‘s roughest outing of the season. No. 32, however, did redeem himself just a few nights later with a 45-save shutout in Montreal. Should he get the start on Saturday, Quick will be looking to redeem himself once again.
While the Kings are coming off plenty of rest, so are the Senators. They have not played since Wednesday when they lost 4-1 in Anaheim. The club is coming off two-straight losses as they sit just outside of a playoff spot. But not only are the Sens looking for a repeat performance from last month, they are also looking to duplicate their success from the last time they visited STAPLES Center.
The Senators last visited Los Angeles last Feb. 26 and came out with a slim 1-0 victory, snapping Los Angeles’s eight-game winning streak in the process. While Mike Hoffman provided the only goal that night, Ottawa netminder Andrew Hammond stole the show as he stopped all 35 saves to thwart an aggressive Kings attack. Jonathan Quick was quite formidable himself, though, stopping 27 saves en route to his team’s loss.
They may not meet often but there is nonetheless a ton of excitement when the Kings and Sens meet. Saturday should be no different.
Enjoy the game!