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Even at the start of the season, the Kings are in a final stop and they are going to Montreal to meet a Canadiens team that started terribly but has won two of their last three games.
After winning their season opener with an impressive 6-2 win over the Golden Knights, the Kings have been anything but impressive since losing their last six games. No shock that LA has the fewest points in the NHL.
The Canadiens reached the Stanley Cup final last season, but started this season poorly by losing their first five games. The team has won two of their last three games, but the victories faced teams that were pretty bad last season, and one loss was a bad one against expansion Seattle.
Signs of life
After a bad start, the Canadiens have won two of their last three games, scoring 10 goals in those victories. They only score an average of 1.88 goals per game. match and have in their six defeats accounted for only five goals. In their last game, they were on the road and played a good defense in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. In the victory over San Jose Mike Hoffman, Alexander Romanov, Brendan Gallagher, and Josh Andersen each found the back of
Jake Allen (2-5-0 2.60 GAA) was fantastic as he stopped all 45 shots he encountered after giving up five goals in the previous start.
Hoffman and Mathieu Perreault is equal to the lead with three goals and Jonathan Drouin is the only other player with more than one goal with two. Backup GSam Montembeault (0-1-0 5.00 GAA) can get his second start of the season out west, and his season debut was less than fantastic, giving five goals on 36 shots in a bad loss to Buffalo. Montreal are 1-3 away this season with their lone away win in their last game.
The offense has stalled
After blowing up six goals in the opening, the team has only scored 9 goals in their last six games. In their last game, they were at home and lost to the Winnipeg Jets 3-2, where they were ahead 2-1 at the start of the second period but did not score again and gave up two goals in the third period. While the Kings had several shots (32-31) and killed all four of Montreal’s power-play chances, they still took the loss. Jonathan Quick (0-3-1 2.75 GAA) took the loss and gave up three goals on 31 shots and he has conceded three goals in three of his four starts this season.
Anze Kopitar leads the team with six goals and nine points, but he has not managed to register a point in the last three games. Dustin Brown is the only other player on the team with multiple goals by two. Calvin Peterson (1-2-0 3.71 GAA) can nod in this match, and after giving up two goals in his first two starts, he was turned on for seven in his last. In the young season, LA has 1-2 at home.
LA Kings are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 home matches
- 6-22 in their last 28 against Atlantic
- 3-7 in their last 10 matches as favorites
- 0-8 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous match
The Montreal Canadiens are: