Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 52 @ Boston, February 9, 2016, 4pm PST
After a five-day layoff, the Los Angeles Kings are back to work as they begin their longest road trip of the season — a seven-game one — beginning on Tuesday in Beantown against the 28-18-6 Boston Bruins.
This is the first of two meetings between the Kings and Bruins this season. Last season, the home team won each of the two meetings, so the silver-and-black will hope to stop that trend on Tuesday. It won’t be easy, though, as the B’s are hot right now as they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 in addition to winning their last two outings as they are now tied with Tampa Bay for second in the Northeast Division.
The Kings will especially need to watch out for Patrice Bergeron who leads the Bruins with 19 goals and 45 points this season. Loui Eriksson and David Krecji round out the top-three in scoring for Boston 40 and 39 points respectively. But for the first time, the B’s will be facing Milan Lucic, who will be making his return to the TD Garden for the first time since being traded last June.
So far this season, Lucic has 12 goals and 18 assists in 50 games. While he has cooled down as of late, do not be surprised to see a visit to his old stomping grounds pose as a spark for the big guy. Of course, if Lucic is unable to score, the Kings can count on Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty who each enter Tuesday’s matchup riding five-game point streaks.
The Kings will also be hoping that the layoff has benefited Jonathan Quick. In their last game, Quick was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. It was just the second time he was chased from the net this season.
The Kings will enter Tuesday night on a mission as they look to win in Boston for the first time since Nov. 20, 2010. Can they do it? We will just have to see.
Enjoy the game!