It’s still early – and that’s the only silver lining there is for the Los Angeles Kings right now. Nothing seems to be working for them. Their offense has been near non-existent and neither Jonathan Quick nor backup Jack Campbell, who got the nod on Thursday, has been able to save them.
Los Angeles lost its sixth straight game on Thursday to drop to 2-7-1 this season. The Kings are in last place in the Western Conference and hold the second worst record in the NHL. What’s more, over their six-game drop, Los Angeles has been outscored an embarrassing 29-8.
Teams can go through rough patches and still make the playoffs, but when they happen early in the season they stand out more given the small sample size. All hope isn’t lost for the Kings by a long shot. For one thing, Dustin Brown should be ready to make his season debut as early as Sunday and while he can’t single-handily save the Kings, his return certainly helps. Los Angeles is also heading home to face the Rangers and then Flyers – two other teams off to poor starts – so this timing seems right for the Kings to bounce back.
This could be looked back on as the low point of the Kings season. At least, Los Angeles needs to hope it is because if things keep going like this, well, then the fact that its early could be seen as a curse instead of a source of optimism.
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BOSTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 0
Claude Giroux led the Flyers with five shots on Halak. He has three goals on 38 shots for a success rate of 7.9%.
Zdeno Chara scored two goals, including the game-winner. He has three markers and four points in 10 games this season.
Jake DeBrusk accounted for the Bruins’ other goal. It was his third marker and point in 10 contests.
Brian Elliott turned aside 22 of 24 shots last night. He’s 2-5-0 with a 3.39 GAA and .886 save percentage in eight starts.
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BUFFALO 4 MONTREAL 3
Kyle Okposo scored a power-play goal at 18:59 of the third period to push the Sabres over the top. He has two goals and six points in 10 contests.
Jeff Skinner recorded three assists. He’s up to five goals and 10 points in 10 games.
Jason Pominville netted a pair of goals for the Sabres. That gives him four goals and seven points in 10 contests.
Max Domi found the back of the net twice for Montreal. He has four goals and 10 points in nine games.
Antti Niemi saved 38 of 42 Sabres shots. He has a 2-1-0 record, 3.26 GAA, and .898 save percentage in three starts.
At the other end, Carter Hutton kicked out 19 of 22 shots. He’s 4-4-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .905 save percentage in eight games.
NASHVILLE 4 NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)
Kyle Turris scored the overtime winner and recorded an assist. He’s up to two goals and eight points in 10 games.
Filip Forsberg also found the back of the net for Nashville. It was his seventh goal and 11th point in 10 contests.
Juuse Saros surrendered three goals on 36 shots on Thursday. He has a 5-1-0 record, 2.47 GAA, and .918 save percentage in six games.
Keith Kinkaid kicked out 32 of 36 shots last night. He has a 4-2-1 record, 2.14 GAA, and .921 save percentage in seven starts.
COLUMBUS 7 ST. LOUIS 4
Jake Allen got the start, but was yanked midway through the second after he allowed four goals on 21 shots. It’s the latest chapter in what’s been a rough start to the season for him, but his replacement, Chad Johnson, didn’t fare any better. He turned aside eight of 11 Blues shots.
Boone Jenner scored a pair of goals for Columbus. He has three markers and points in nine games.
Anthony Duclair also netted two Blue Jackets goals. He’s up to four goals and six points in nine contests.
Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 37 of 41 St. Louis shots. He’s won each of his first three starts despite allowing a combined 10 goals.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power-play goal for the Blues. It was his third goal and seventh point in nine games.
MINNESOTA 4 LOS ANGELES 1
Kyle Clifford scored the Kings’ lone goal. It was his first goal and point of the 2018-19 campaign.
Jack Campbell turned aside 22 of 24 Wild shots. That was the third straight start that he’s lost, though it’s hard to blame him when the Kings provided him with almost no offensive support last night.
At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk saved 23 of 24 shots. He’s allowed just one goal in each of his last three starts.
Jonas Brodin netted the game-winning goal. He didn’t record a point in his first eight games of the season.
Eric Fehr found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him a goal and three points in nine contests.
CHICAGO 4 NY RANGERS 1
Alexandre Fortin scored the game-winning goal. It was his second goal and third point in seven contests.
Alex DeBrincat collected a goal and an assist. He’s up to eight goals and 14 points in 10 games.
Corey Crawford saved 18 of 19 Rangers shots. He’s 3-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .946 save percentage in four starts.
Pavel Buchnevich netted the Rangers’ only goal. It was his third marker and fourth point in nine games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 36 shots on Thursday. He has a 2-5-1 record, 2.61 GAA, and .920 save percentage in eight starts.
DALLAS 5 ANAHEIM 2
Ryan Getzlaf scored both of the Ducks’ goals. Those were his first two goals in six games this season.
Jason Dickinson netted two goals and registered an assist. He has two goals and four points in seven contests.
Miro Heiskanen accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and third point in nine games.
Ben Bishop stopped 23 of 25 Ducks shots. He’s surrendered just two goals in each of his last three starts.
At the other end of the ice, John Gibson kicked out 36 of 41 shots. He has a 4-4-1 record, 2.28 GAA, and .940 save percentage in nine starts.
PITTSBURGH 9 CALGARY 1
No one player led the Penguins to this blowout victory. Sidney Crosby tied for the most points recorded in the game by scoring a goal and two assists. He’s up to three goals and 10 points in eight contests.
Derick Brassard was the only player to match Crosby in terms of points. He registered three assists, giving him five points in eight games.
Matt Murray saved 38 of 39 Flames shots. That gives him a 4-1-0 record, 3.37 GAA, and .910 save percentage in five starts.
James Neal netted the Flames’ lone goal. It was his second goal and third point in 10 games.
EDMONTON 4 WASHINGTON 1
Andre Burakovsky netted the Capitals’ goal. He had been held off the scoresheet in his first eight contests of the season.
Braden Holtby turned aside 28 of 31 shots. He has a 4-2-1 record, 3.41 GAA, and .888 save percentage in eight starts.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has three goals and 11 points in eight games.
Connor McDavid found the back of the net for the Oilers. He’s up to six goals and 14 points in eight contests.
Cam Talbot saved 31 of 32 shots Thursday night. He has a 4-3-1 record, 2.88 GAA, and .901 save percentage in eight starts.
ARIZONA 4 VANCOUVER 1
Clayton Keller scored the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal and sixth point in nine games.
Lawson Crouse also found the back of the net for Arizona. He has two goals in nine contests.
Darcy Kuemper turned aside 27 of 28 Canucks shots. He improved to 2-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage in three starts.
Darren Archibald scored Vancouver’s only goal. He was making his season debut and logged 8:29 minutes.
Anders Nilsson turned aside 26 of 29 shots last night. He’s 3-3-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .912 save percentage in six starts.