Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 54 @ NY Rangers, February 12, 2016, 4pm PST
A night after losing to the Islanders in Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Kings are right back to work on Friday as they hope a win in famed Madison Square Garden against the 31-18-5 New York Rangers. This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season.
The Kings and Rangers split two games last season with the road team winning in both occasion. That fact should bode well for the silver-and-black but they know they must come out with a much better start than they did on Thursday when they dug themselves into a 3-0 hole. It doesn’t help that the Rangers have been dominant on home ice this season.
While they will be missing Rick Nash with a bone bruise and possibly Ryan McDonagh with a concussion, the Blueshirts are rolling right now. They enter Friday’s matchup winners of four-in-a-row while going 7-0-1 at MSG in their last eight. They are an amazing 20-5-2 on home ice this season.
For the Kings, with Jonathan Quick still day-to-day and Jhonas Enroth playing on Thursday, expect netminder Peter Budaj to make his season debut. While the Slovakian veteran has fared very well in Ontario this season, Friday will mark his first regular-season game in the NHL since the 2013-14 campaign.
The Kings are 1-1-0 on their season-high seven-game road trip and will look to find some consistency after exchanging wins and losses in their last few outings.
It should be a good one.
Enjoy the game!