Kings host the Hurricanes after Kopitar's 2-goal performanceCarolina Hurricanes (12-6-5, second in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Los Angeles Kings (12-9-4, third in the Pacific Division)Los Angeles; Saturday, 10:30 p. m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Kings host the Carolina Hurricanes after Anze Kopitar's two-goal game against the Arizona Coyotes in the Kings' 5-3 win. Los Angeles has a 12-9-4 record overall and a 7-4-2 record on its home ice.
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Carolina has won three in a row following a five-game losing streak, with four of those defeats going to overtime. The Hurricanes beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night behind the second NHL hat trick from Jordan Martinook and the fourth so far this season for Carolina, which is more than it had the previous three seasons combined. Carolina is also just the fifth NHL team since the 1996-97 season to produce four hat tricks through the first 24 games, joining the Kings in 2005-06, the Coyotes in 2010-11, the Winnipeg Jets in 2018-19 and the Nashville Predators in 2018-19.
The Kings found some satisfaction in a 5-3 win against the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, but they need to avoid the type of setback they experienced on Tuesday, when they lost 9-8 in overtime to the visiting Seattle Kraken. That caused some reshuffling on the Los Angeles roster, including putting goalie Cal Petersen on waivers. "The input into the game is really important, " Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "Our input has been good and then it wavers and then it falls off and then it comes back to good. We're a little bit like a yo-yo. "The Hurricanes have recently displayed the type of consistency McLellan aspires to see with his club.
894), and Frederik Andersen (5-3-0, 2. 72,. 891) has been outstanding, as Carolina is ninth in goals allowed per game (2. 79). Kopitar Scores Twice to Rally KingsAnze Kopitar scored twice to help lead the Los Angeles Kings (13-9-4, 14-12 ATS) to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Los Angeles trailed by two about halfway through the second period, but rallied for four unanswered goals to earn the victory. The win moved Los Angeles to 7-4-2 at home. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist.
Carolina forward Jordan Staal said the Hurricanes played one of their better games at even strength against St. Louis"We just stuck with our game and stayed with what we do best, " Staal said. "We ended up getting rewarded for it. "Carolina continues to receive better-than-expected production from right wing Andrei Svechnikov, who has 14 goals in 24 games, putting him on pace to surpass his NHL career high of 30 goals in 78 games last season. Martin Necas has 11 goals in 24 games, five shy of his career high set over 64 games in the 2019-20 season. Carolina could be close to getting right wing Teuvo Teravainen back from an upper-body injury as well.
Kopitar scored two goals in the win against Arizona and Fiala had a goal and an assist to increase his team lead to 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists)"I thought our line, throughout the last five or six games, we've been creating quite a few chances, just not necessarily cashing in on a whole lot of them, " Kopitar said. "(Thursday) night, it kind of opened up, and we're going to need more of the same going forward. "McLellan said he sees the chemistry developing between Kopitar, Kempe and Fiala, who came over from the Minnesota Wild in the offseason.
The Kings have a 6-2-1 record in games they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponents. Carolina has a 12-6-5 record overall and an 8-3-4 record on the road. The Hurricanes are 11-1-1 when scoring three or more goals. Saturday's game is the fourth time these teams match up this season. The Hurricanes won the last meeting 5-1. Jordan Martinook scored three goals in the win. TOP PERFORMERS: Kopitar has five goals and 14 assists for the Kings. Trevor Moore has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games.
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These teams have not met this season, but Carolina took both contests last year. Martintook Scores Hat Trick to Lead HurricanesJordan Martintook scored a hat trick to help the Carolina Hurricanes (13-6-5, 10-14 ATS) defeat the St. Louis Blues, 6-4. St. Louis jumped out to a two-goal lead, only to see Carolina respond with three unanswered tallies. That sent the contest to the third period tied at three, but Martintook gave his team the lead for good with a little over four minutes left in the contest and added a goal with nine seconds left to complete the hat trick. "[I'd] seen it hop over Parayko, " Martinook explained of the go-ahead goal.
"It hopped over a stick and I had a little break. Their other D was closing quick so I just tried to get it off as quick as I could. The five-hole was the only place I could go and luckily it went in. " — Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 2, 2022 With the victory, Carolina moves to 8-3-4 on the road and they are 3-0-3 in their last six road contests. The four goals allowed against St. Louis snapped a string of three straight games where the Hurricanes netminders allowed two goals. The combination of Pyotr Kochetkov (7-4-4, 2. 30,. 916), Antti Raanta (4-2-2, 2. 62,.
Matt Murray is already on injured reserve. Erik Kallgren may need to step up and assume No. 1 starter duties unless Samsonov is OK. The Hurricanes are also hot, having won four in a row entering Sunday’s game. Center Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick and had four points overall in a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres in their previous contest. It’s still RW Martin Necas who leads Carolina in points with 17 (seven goals, 10 assists) so far this season.
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"I've been feeling pretty well the past few games. " Kopitar said. "I thought our line (Kopitar, Fiala, Adrian Kempe) throughout the last four, five, six games, we've been creating quite a few chances, just maybe not necessarily cashing in on a whole lot of them. But tonight, it kind of opened up and we're going to need more of the same going forward. " COMEBACK KINGS 👑@DooleyLAK has your recap, presented by @TickPick— LA Kings (@LAKings) December 2, 2022 Fiala has been red-hot of late, recording a goal and seven assists over his last five contests.
Kings hope to break skid vs. HurricanesThe Los Angeles Kings are still searching for consistency this season. Finding a way to beat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night would be a good start. The Kings have lost five straight against Carolina, getting outscored 20-6 with two shutouts in those games. Los Angeles hasn't defeated the Hurricanes since Dec. 2, 2018.
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