Reminder: Saturday’s game is early for us on the West Coast. Fox Sports West and KTLK-1150 will carry the game starting at 11 a.m. … The Kings appeared to be in trouble when No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick, the MVP of their Stanley Cup championship run in 2012, suffered a groin strain Nov. 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. Nothing could be further from the truth, however.
The Kings are 10-1-3 since Quick was hurt, with backups Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones ensuring there has been no letdown in goal. Jones, in particular, has been sharp in making the first four NHL starts of his career. He is 4-0-0 with two shutouts and a 0.74 goals-against average. The 23-year-old has stopped 111 of 114 shots he’s faced. Meanwhile, the Kings have a 1.86 goals-against average this season, best in the NHL. They haven’t given up a first-period goal in 17 consecutive games.
Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards lead the Kings (21-7-4) with 27 points apiece. Kopitar has 18 assists and Richards has 21. Justin Williams leads the Kings with 14 goals. Bobby Ryan, a former Ducks winger who was traded to Ottawa during the offseason, leads the Senators (13-14-6) with 30 points, including a team-high 15 goals. Goalie Craig Anderson is 9-8-3 with a 3.28 goals-against average.