The Kings play 13 of their next 16 games at home, starting with a Saturday matinee against the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings began their defense of the Stanley Cup by playing 11 of their first 15 games on the road and getting off to a lackluster start to the lockout-shortened season.
Saturday’s matchup featured two of the more offensively-challenged teams in the NHL, with the Kings scoring a league-low 36 games going into the game and the Avalanche scoring only 38. The Kings scored four goals in only four of 15 games. The Avalanche had four goals only five times.
Jeff Carter scored a Kings-leading eight goals, but no one else had more than four (Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown) going into Saturday’s game. P.A. Parenteau scored a team-leading seven goals for the Avalanche.
Colorado was set to welcome Gabe Landeskog back to its lineup Saturday after an 11-game absence because of a concussion suffered Jan. 26 against the San Jose Sharks. Landeskog was expected to play on a line with Paul Stastny and David Jones.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter doesn’t announce his goalie in advance of games, but the Avalanche were scheduled to start Semyon Varlamov on Saturday and to play Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Ducks, his former team, on Sunday in Anaheim.