Quick Solid Again But It’s Not Enough As Kings Lose To Canes In A Stingy One

Jimmy Murphy

Saturday, December 1, 2018 5:30 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 5:30 PM UTC

Jonathan Quick can only stop the bleeding so much as Kings lose 3rd straight to Hurricanes.

Murphy: 37-30-2

Carolina (12-9-4, 12-13 ATS) at Los Angeles (9-16-1, 9-17 ATS)Sunday 10:30 PM ETFree NHL Pick: Hurricanes ML; UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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After sitting out with a lower-body injury since October 23, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick looked like his old Vezina self in his return to the Kings’ crease Thursday night in Edmonton, but his 31 saves weren’t enough in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers. After a 3-game road trip in which they went 1-2-0, The Kings return home Sunday for 4-straight at Staples Center and they will kick things off against the Carolina Hurricanes who are beginning their 3-game vaunt through the once-dreaded ‘California Triangle’ of LA, Anaheim and San Jose. Quick is slotted in to get the start against the Canes, who lost their last game 2-1 in overtime to the Ducks. You can expect the two-time Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe winner to be stellar again in net for the Kings, but it won’t be enough to overcome their scoring woes and the Hurricanes will win a tight one in the City of Angels.

The Kings, mired dead last in not just the Pacific Division and Western Conference but also in the entire NHL have struggled mightily to light the lamp this season, scoring just 56 goals while allowing an alarming 82. Much of the goals allowed was because they were without Quick for so long and went through 4 goalies in his absence, but the scoring, as I pointed out in the recent debut of Floundering Five, is because the team is constructed as if the game was still played the way it was when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, when in reality it’s all about speed now. The failure by GM Rob Blake to address this has his team headed in the wrong direction and not able to keep up with today’s NHL. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Kings have gone under in their last 3 games. They’re 11-14-1 on the over/under and 9-5-0 at home. The Hurricanes meanwhile have gone under in their last four games. Carolina has scored 66 and allowed 69. They’re 8-17-0 on the over/under and 3-8-0 on the road. All of this combined with the fact that the Hurricanes are simply a more skilled and faster team this why the Canes and the Under are the play here.

  • Carolina is 12-13 against the spread and 5-6 on the road. The Canes are 8-17 on the puck line and 3-8 on the road.
  • Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in assists with 19 helpers and points with 26. Michael Ferland leads the team in goals with 11 lamplighters and Teuvo Teravainen is having a breakout season with 5 goals and 13 assists.
  • Los Angeles is 9-17 against the spread and 5-9 at home. The Kings are 11-15 on the puck line and 5-9 at home.
  • Anze Kopitar leads the team in goals with 7 lamplighters and points with 17. Defenseman Drew Doughty leads the team in assists with 13 helpers.

Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the visiting Hurricanes, Curtis McElhinney is 7-2-0-1 with a 2.10 GAA and .930 save percentage.
  • Petr Mrazek is 3-3-0-2 with a 2.76 GAA and .880 save percentage.
  • For the Kings, Quick is 0-4-0-1 with a 4.24 GAA and .861 save percentage.
  • Calvin Petersen is 4-4-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .929 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Hurricanes, Michael Ferland (concussion) is day-to-day, but the good news is that defensemen Haydn Fleury (concussion) and Brett Pesce (lower-body) were activated off IR on saturday and will play Sunday.
  • For the Kings, forward Ilya Kovalchuk is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
  • Forward Trevor Lewis is week-to-week with a foot injury.
  • Forward Carl Hagelin is week-to-week with a knee injury.
  • Forward Jonny Brodzinski is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
  • Goalie Jack Campbell is out until mid to late december with a knee injury.

Prediction: Hurricanes 2 Kings 1

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