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Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings
NHL: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California at 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 7, 2017
The struggling Ottawa Senators head to California to face the in-form Los Angeles Kings from the Staples Center on Thursday night. The Senators are coming into this on the back of their ninth loss in 10 games, while the Kings have continued their upward swing.
Ottawa can’t stall losing momentum
The Ottawa Senators continue to slip and stumble down the table. They are now 9-11-6 for the season, and have lost nine of those games in their last 10 encounters. They have won just one game since November 11, 2017.
They were blanked 5-0 by the Winnipeg Jets in their previous game. Mike Condon conceded five goals in 22 shots, and was subsequently replaced by Craig Anderson, who made 27 saves.
“It’s about as embarrassing as I’ve ever felt playing in the NHL so definitely one we’ve got to wash away,” forward Mark Stone said. “Lack of confidence, lack of effort. Anything you want to say, it wasn’t there tonight.”
Gaborik, Kopitar notch milestones in landmark win
The Los Angeles Kings have been one of the best NHL teams of the season, primarily because of their prowess on both ends of the ice. They have won their last six games, including a 5-2 rout of the Minnesota Wild.
Marian Gaborik scored two goals in the third period, combining with Anze Kopitar for the second. It was Gaborik’s 400th career goal and Kopitar’s 500th NHL assist. Kopitar, Jake Muzzin and Adrian Kempe also scored for Los Angeles.
“I’m happy for those guys. Kopi’s just been a horse all year,” Kings coach John Stevens said. “It’s impressive to me to see that type of number with Gabby at his age and the injuries he’s fought through, to be that good a player. That’s kind of fitting that those two guys would partner up on a milestone like that.”
Ottawa Senators are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
- 1-8 in their last 9 overall.
Los Angeles Kings are:
- 6-0 in their last 6 overall.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- 12-3 in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference
The Kings have too much firepower for the Senators, who can’t seem to find their feet. The Kings, at home over the past few weeks, have shown how ruthless they can be. This shouldn’t be much different.