The Kings (11-6-0) left town Monday morning to begin a four-game trip Tuesday against the Sabres in Buffalo. They also face the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. As of Monday, the Rangers were the only team with a winning record. The Kings muzzled the struggling Sabres (3-15-1) during a 2-0 shutout by goaltender Jonathan Quick last Thursday at Staples Center. Quick recorded his first shutout of the season and the 26th of his career, six behind all-time club leader Rogie Vachon.
The Kings’ power play has clicked six times in the last 20 chances with the man-advantage for a 30 percent success rate. Mike Richards has points in four consecutive games (three goals, five assists). He also has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last eight games. Jarret Stoll (upper body) has resumed skating, but Mike Carter (foot) isn’t expected to return to the ice any time soon. In addition, Kyle Clifford suffered a head injury in the Kings’ victory Saturday over the Vancouver Canucks. The Sabres, last in the NHL, are winless at home this season (0-8-1).
Here’s what 22-year-old rookie Tyler Toffoli had to say after scoring two goals and adding an assist in the KIngs’ 5-1 victory Saturday over the Vancouver Canucks:
“It was good. We wanted to have a really solid game. Tonight was was good night. I tried to get open and tried to rip it and (Mike Richards) made two unbelievable passes to me tonight. I think it’s the same as last time (after being called up last season). I’m trying to earn my spot on the team. I’m trying to stay in the lineup. We’ll see how things go. It sucks (being one of the last cuts coming out of training camp). You don’t want to be playing in the American Hockey League. You want to be playing in the NHL. I went down there and it took a little time to adjust to hockey again, I guess. I just started heating up again.”
Here’s what 22-year-old rookie forward Linden Vey had to say after setting up Jordan Nolan for the Kings’ first goal of the game, and his first NHL point, Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks:
“After every shift and every game I feel a lot better. it’s good to get the win, especially with the rivalry between the two teams the last couple of years. It was an intense game and it’s good to come out with the win. You can just feel the intensity in the arena, the atmosphere and the fans were great tonight. It was good to get the win and it’s kind of a little bit of a coincidence, two games under your belt and two wins. So, it’s good to start off well like that.”
Here’s the updated version of tonight’s romp by the Kings …
Hockey Night in Canada brings it’s cameras to Staples Center for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. OK, so maybe they’re just the same old cameras used for every other event at Staples, but you get the idea. One reminder, though, the game will start at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. So, don’t be late.
Jonathan Quick blanked the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Thursday for his 26th career shutout in his 300th NHL game. He is only six shutouts behind legendary Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon for the most clean sheets in franchise history. What’s more, Quick isn’t all that far behind Vachon for the most games played by a Kings goalie. Vachon played 389 games for the club from 1971-78.
Rookie forwards Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli are in nearly the same predicament with the Kings. Despite posting some eye-catching statistics with Manchester (N.H.) of the AHL the last few seasons, there simply haven’t been any job openings with the Kings, who have a veteran roster that’s been remarkably stable.
The Kings had a strong Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs connection for Thursday’s game against Buffalo, with 10 former Monarchs in the lineup. The Kings’ AHL alums were: Dustin Brown, Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan, Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey, Slava Voynov and Jonathan Quick,
Thanks to the Kings’ crack media relations staff for that statistic.
The Kings’ future was on display Thursday.
Jonathan Quick didn’t seem too fired up about playing in his 300th NHL game, a rather predictable 2-0 victory Thursday over the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center. It was his first shutout of the season and the 26th of his career. Here’s what he had to say about reaching a rather minor milestone in his career: “It’s just another game. It’s two points. We’ve got another game against the Canucks in two days and that’s the focus now.”
Quick said he didn’t know it was his 300th game until there was an announcement in the arena during a stoppage in play during the game. He improved his all-time record to 158-105-29, including 9-5-0 this season.