The Blues are back in action after three days off, they travel to Los Angeles to start their road trip. Blues vs Kings tonight on TNT.
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings
The third and final meeting of the regular season for the Blues and Kings is tonight. The Blues won the first two meetings a few weeks ago back at the Enterprise Center. The Blues come into the game at 6-1-0, after suffering a loss to Colorado and a win against the Blackhawks, the Blues are ready to drop the puck again.
The two teams get a primetime game this evening with the game being broadcasted on TNT. Darren Pang will help with the TNT broadcast when the Kings and the Blues drop the puck in Los Angeles.
The Blues bring an impressive 3-0-0 road win streak to this game. The next four games are all on the road out west for the Blues, which means late start times for the games. Tonight’s game against the Kings will start at 9 p.m.
Since Saturday, the Blues have placed two more players on the COVID-19 protocol list. Ville Husso and Kyle Clifford were added to the list that already has Ryan O’Reilly on the list. Brandon Saad should be off the list and ready to go for the road trip. With Husso on the COVID list, the Blues have brought multiple backup goalies to work out with the team. Most recently, the Blues recalled Joel Hoffer from Springfield.
Vladimir Tarasenko has played very well as of late, as has his line. The line of Tarasenko, Robert Thomas, and Ivan Barbashev has been one of the most successful lines this season for the Blues. Look for this line to help out on this road trip.
Jordan Binnington looks very solid in net so far this season. Binnington was one key importance going into this year for this team to be successful. His shutout against Chicago last Saturday was the ninth of his career. In the Blues 1-0 win over Chicago, Binnington made 25 saves.
After an opening night win against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Kings lost six straight games including two against the Blues. They snapped the six-game skid with wins over the Canadiens and the Sabres. Anze Kopitar has led this team so far to a 3-5-1 record, with 13 points, scoring seven goals. Alex Iafallo has contributed as well with eight points, scoring four goals and four assists.
The biggest concern around the Kings is their goalie play. Both Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen are off to very rough starts. Petersen holds a 2-2 record in four starts, allowing 13 goals. Jonathan Quick has a 1-4 record with an overtime loss. Quick has allowed 13 goals as well. If the Kings want to be able to compete, they have to find someone who can make saves and give the offense a chance at winning a game.
Drew Doughty is back for the Kings. After sitting out for a few games due to a lower-body injury, the veteran defenseman is healthy and ready to go. In four games Doughty has the third-most points on the team. You can call him the mailman because Doughty has six assists so far this season.
The Kings are currently in sixth place in the Pacific Division. They are tied with the Canucks and the Kraken with seven points in the division. The Kings are looking to chase down Edmonton and Calgary, the two best teams in the Pacific Division.
Player To Watch
A player to watch in this game is Justin Faulk. Faulk has filled his role here in St. Louis. Faulk has four points early this season with two goals and two assists. Faulk has been able to put 20 shots on goal which will bring focus to him by the defense. Faulk has also been very physical early, dropping the glove numerous times.
“He’s everywhere. Everywhere I look up, he’s doing something … it’s always under pressure I find that he makes a real good play,” Berube said.
Colten’s Keys To The Game
A fast start will go a long way against the Kings. In the first two meetings, the Blues have been able to start hot against the Kings, allowing the Blues to wear them down throughout the game.
The Blues will be one of the most physical teams in the league, much to do with who they are coached by. Berube is a tough, physical guy who wants every ounce out of his players. If the Blues can control the puck and play from the corners, it will be another long night for the Kings.
Colten’s Bet of the Day: Blues Money Line
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