|7||BUFFALO||+150||Ov 5.5,+100||+160||Ov 5.5,+105|
|8||LOS ANGELES||-170||Un 5.5,-120||-180||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-2-0||-0.6||1-2||-0.6||1-2||1.7||25.0||3.0||34.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.3||2-3||-0.3||3-2||2.0||24.6||3.4||34.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||13||4||6||3||0||1||184||7.1%||29||4||13.8%||22|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||5||2||1||2||0||0||75||6.7%||14||1||7.1%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||3||5||2||0||0||123||8.1%||23||2||8.7%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||8||4||10||0||3||241||9.1%||23||7||30.4%||33|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||3||1||5||0||2||104||8.7%||13||4||30.8%||13|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||3||8||0||2||171||9.9%||19||6||31.6%||24|
|CARTER HUTTON (All Games)||6||6||202||183||90.6%||0||2-4||-1.7||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)||2||2||66||59||89.4%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|CARTER HUTTON(vs. Non-Conference)||4||4||133||118||88.7%||0||1-3||-1.7||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||118||88.7%||0||1-3||-1.7||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)||1||1||36||36||100.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)||1||1||36||36||100.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||36||36||100.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)||1||1||36||36||100.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1.7||1-2||-1.7||2-1||2.7||27.0||4.0||34.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4.2||1-4||-4.2||1-3||1.6||30.4||3.6||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||14||5||5||4||0||1||198||7.1%||25||2||8.0%||25|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||8||2||3||3||0||1||81||9.9%||12||2||16.7%||13|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||4||2||2||0||0||152||5.3%||17||2||11.8%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||23||9||6||7||1||0||229||10.0%||20||6||30.0%||43|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||12||3||3||5||1||0||103||11.7%||10||3||30.0%||22|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||7||5||6||0||0||158||11.4%||13||4||30.8%||33|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||1||0||11||10||90.9%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ(vs. Non-Conference)||1||0||11||10||90.9%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACK CAMPBELL (All Games)||6||5||156||143||91.7%||0||2-3||-1.5||2-3-0||-1||1-3|
|JACK CAMPBELL (Home Games)||2||1||41||38||92.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JACK CAMPBELL(vs. Non-Conference)||5||4||117||106||90.6%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|JACK CAMPBELL (Last 4 Games)||4||3||79||70||88.6%||0||1-2||-1.5||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||2||2||62||53||85.5%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||2||2||62||53||85.5%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|JONATHAN QUICK(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||29||23||79.3%||0||0-1||-1.7||0-1-0||-2||1-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||62||53||85.5%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.35, LOS ANGELES 2.98|
|10/4/2018||BOSTON||0-4||L||0, +130||L||6 un||U|
|10/6/2018||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -135||W||6 un||U|
|10/8/2018||VEGAS||4-2||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||O|
|10/11/2018||COLORADO||1-6||L||0, +100||L||6 un||O|
|10/13/2018||at ARIZONA||3-0||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/16/2018||at VEGAS||1-4||L||0, +175||L||5.5 ev||U|
|10/18/2018||at SAN JOSE||1-5||L||0, +200||L||5.5 ov||O|
|10/20/2018||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|10/21/2018||at ANAHEIM|| |
|10/27/2018||at COLUMBUS|| |
|10/5/2018||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|10/7/2018||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/9/2018||at WINNIPEG||1-2||L||0, +170||L||6 un||U|
|10/11/2018||at MONTREAL||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/13/2018||at OTTAWA||1-5||L||0, -150||L||6 un||P|
|10/15/2018||at TORONTO||1-4||L||0, +155||L||6 ov||U|
|10/18/2018||NY ISLANDERS||2-7||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/23/2018||at DALLAS|| |
|10/25/2018||at MINNESOTA|| |
|10/28/2018||NY RANGERS|| |
|BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
|LOS ANGELES: LAST SEASON: 45-29-8, 98 points. Fourth place Pacific Division. |
LOST to Vegas Golden Knights in first round.
COACH: John Stevens (second season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: LW Ilya Kovalchuk
LOST: D Christian Folin, D Kevin Gravel, RW Tobias Rieder, D Jordan Subban, G Scott Wedgewood
PLAYER TO WATCH: Anze Kopitar. The center and Kings captain had a 40-point improvement last season, going from 52 points to a career-high 92 and finishing third in voting for the league MVP. He should be part of a formidable line with the addition of Kovalchuk ' who returns to the NHL after five seasons playing professionally in Russia ' and Dustin Brown.
OUTLOOK: The Kings have not advanced past the first round of the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2014 and could be hard-pressed to advance this season. They have one of the oldest rosters in the league with nine players who are 30 or older. They also remain challenged to find consistent goal scorers beyond the first line.
|Struggling teams meet as Kings host Sabres|
The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres will try to turn things around when they meet on Saturday at Staples Center.
The Kings (2-4-1) have been outscored 16-4 while losing their past three games, most recently giving up four unanswered goals in the third period of a 7-2 loss to the visiting New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Buffalo (3-4-0) has lost its past two games by a combined score of 9-2. The Sabres gave up three straight goals in the third period of a 5-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
"Our execution from the top of the circles to the red line, we're forcing things there," Sabres coach Phil Housley told reporters after the loss to San Jose. "We've just got to keep it more simple, especially on the road here, when you're down by one or two, because there's an opportunity to still come back in the game."
A main issue for the Kings and Sabres has been their lack of efficiency on the power play.
Buffalo and the Calgary Flames had the most power-play opportunities of any teams in the NHL (29) through Thursday, but the Sabres have scored just four power-play goals
The Kings did not score with the man-advantage on their first 22 power plays -- the longest stretch of any NHL team this season -- before scoring twice in the loss on Thursday.
The power play woes took a back seat to the third-period play of the Kings on Thursday.
They had cut the deficit to 3-2 on a 5-on-3 goal by Jeff Carter at 2:54 of the third period, and still had an extra attacker on the ice less than a minute later when the Islanders scored a shorthanded goal, opening the gates on a four-goal barrage over eight minutes.
"I think we've got some soul searching to do," Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez said. "What happened there at the end was unacceptable. It's not one guy in particular. It's all of us. We've got to figure some things out."
Kings coach John Stevens seemed to single out goalkeepers Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell.
Quick was playing his first game since missing the previous five with a lower-body injury. He allowed six goals on 29 shots before Campbell replaced him and gave up a goal on the first shot he faced.
"The problem is, your goalies have got to keep playing," Stevens said. "Those guys try to give you a chance to win every night, and they can't stop playing. It's disappointing."
The Kings are hoping to have Anze Kopitar back in the lineup. He was a late scratch on Thursday because of an illness. Kopitar was the team's leading point scorer in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Los Angeles has also been without veteran forward, Dustin Brown, the team's second-leading point scorer last season who broke a broken finger in the final preseason game.
|Last Updated: 11/14/2018 8:06:20 AM EST|