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LA Kings Regular-Season Preview: Game 57 @ St. Louis

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Los Angeles Kings 2015-16 Regular Season:
Game 57 @ St. Louis, February 18, 2016, 5pm PST

Coming off losses in their last two outings, the Los Angeles Kings look to right the ship as they visit the Gateway City to take on the 33-17-9 St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

This will be the third and final meeting between the Kings and Blues this season. The clubs split the first two matchups with each team winning on the road. The last time the silver-and-black were in St. Louis was back on Nov. 3 when Jhonas Enroth earned his first shutout as a King in a 3-0 victory. The Blues, though, defeated Los Angeles in the shootout by a 2-1 count on Jan. 9.

In any case, the Blues are nonetheless impressive on home ice this season as they boast an 18-9-4 record at Scottrade Center. But the Kings, despite losing three of five on their current road trip, have 18 wins away from STAPLES Center this season: the third-most road victories behind only Boston and Washington.

The Kings will need to find a way to contain, among others, Vladimir Tarasenko who leads the Blues with 27 goals and 49 points. Alex Steen just trails in the latter category with 45 points.

After their nine-goal output in Boston last week, the Kings have had trouble scoring and going up against the Blues’ duo in goal will not make it any easier on them.

Jake Allen and Brian Elliott have split the goaltending duties right down the middle this season and both have been great. Allen is 18-10-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and five shutouts. Elliott is boasting a 15-7-6 record with a 2.03 GAA, .933 save percentage and one shutout. Whoever the Blues start in goal on Thursday will prove to be a tough test for the Kings.

Both clubs look to make the most out of this rubber match but only the hungriest will prevail.

Enjoy the game!

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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