Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 15, 2019 - 10:30 PM
Here we are! It's our first Western trip of the year. The Carolina Hurricanes (5-1-0) will kick off the season's first notable foray outside the Eastern Time Zone when they visit the Los Angeles Kings (2-3-0) Tuesday night at Staples Center. Carolina will look to rebound from a disappointing home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The Kings lost 5-2 to Las Vegas on Sunday night in LA.
The Canes and Kings have played each other fairly even in recent years. Both teams split last season's contests; LA taking the first meeting 2-0 on December 2, 2018 at Staples Center and the Canes crowning the Kings 6-1 on February 26, 2019 at PNC Arena. This is the typical case of two clubs going in opposite directions. Los Angeles would be hard-pressed to be considered a shell of their championship days earlier in the decade. Carolina has risen from the ashes of obscurity into a real NHL threat. The common denominator: Justin Williams, whom is playing for neither team at the moment.
Carolina has been playing spectacular hockey to start the season. However, trips to the sin bin have been an achilles heel for them thus far. Thankfully, penalty killing has been strong, but this will be something to watch and work on as the season progresses. Another area to watch: Sebastian Aho. Personally, I am not worried as I feel the lad will find his groove soon enough. Many eyes will be on him, nonetheless, to be the factor we know he can be for the Canes.
Get your coffee, Red Bull, Monster, smelling salts, or whatever keeps your eyes open. You'll wanna stay up for this one!
Carolina Hurricanes Stats Leaders - Source: NHL.com
Los Angeles Kings Stats Leaders - Source: NHL.com