The Los Angeles King arrive in Philadelphia for the fourth and final stop of a four-game road trip. Following the conclusion of this one, the Kings will officially be on their All-Star break. They will not play another game until January 29th against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the STAPLES Center. It’s going to be a much needed break for the Kings who enter Saturday with a record of 18-26-5 and 41 points.
They were ahead of the Ducks for a minute there, but are now in a tie at 41 points for last in the Pacific Division. It’s all irrelevant really, though. The Kings aren’t going to the playoffs, and would be better off tanking and upping their odds in the draft lottery. They’re in a spot where selling is the only thing to do, but we’ll have to wait and see what the market is like for Kings’ players.
Despite a record of 18-26-5 and out of the playoff picture, the Kings have been showing some fight recently. They went to the wire against the Lightning in a shootout, and nearly completed a 4-0 comeback against the Panthers on Thursday night. Down 4-0 in the third period, the Kings came a goal short of pulling it off, but you have to like the effort that was there. Most teams in their position, especially bad teams, would fold up and look towards the next game.
The Kings didn’t give in and gave the Panthers something to think about late. They also have a recent 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights, which saw them get ahead 4-0 in the first frame. At least the Kings have something to showcase for potential suitors. Guys giving up wouldn’t provide the best selling point. The record isn’t there for the Kings and they have won just one of their last seven games, but they’ve been competitive recently.
Philadelphia are coming off a 4-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens at home. The Canadiens aren’t the easiest team to get a feel for this season, as they decided to show up on Thursday night. It sure looked like a letdown spot for the Flyers following a 4-3 win over the Blues in overtime the night before.
With the loss, the Flyers dropped to 25-17-6 on the season, as they remain on the bubble in the Eastern Conference. Things are right and it’s going to be an exciting race in the second-half. The Flyers are likely going to a part of that late in the regular season. Two points against a beatable Kings team at home would help. Head below for our free Kings vs. Flyers pick.
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The Flyers were on a nice run with wins over the Capitals, Bruins, and Blues. Those are three Stanley Cup contenders, while falling by a goal against the Lightning. It was a terrific defensive effort, as they held the Lightning to only a goal. However, that doesn’t mean anything when the offence can’t buy a goal of their own.
They were unable to keep the solid effort up against the Canadiens, though on a back-to-back, the Flyers were not up for the challenge. Brian Elliott is expected to get the nod in the crease for this one. Elliott has played okay this season. With a 3.14 GAA and 0.897 save percentage, Elliott could definitely be better, but most of his poor outings have come on the road. He owns a 3.29 GAA and 0.895 save percentage on the road as opposed to a 2.74 GAA and 0.90 save percentage at home.
Elliott has been solid against the Kings in his career, having posted a 2.54 GAA in 18 games. The Kings have had an inconsistent offence this season, which has more often than not fell below what they’ve wanted to accomplish. They woke up against a bad Panthers’ defence, but it was the third period in a 4-0 deficit.
If the Panthers had kept their defensive pressure up, it’s unlikely the Kings get close in that one. Florida has also been one of the worst defences in the league this season, and they were working with an inexperienced Chris Driedger in the crease. The Kings are 28th in the league with 2.53 goals scored per game, and have recorded just 2.37 goals a game on the road this season.
LA will look to make the offence against a Flyers’ defence who are 13th in the NHL with 3 goals against per contest. They haven’t been particularly great, but the offence should have fun against an abysmal LA defence on Saturday. That especially goes for on the road, where the Kings have surrendered 3.41 goals against per game.
The Flyers have had no issues finding the back of the net at home, with 3.52 goals scored per game. LA won the first meeting this season on New Year’s Eve at the STAPLES Center, 5-3, thanks to an uninterested Flyers squad on the road. They’ve been considerably better at home, though, with a record of 15-4-4. Following a letdown against the Canadiens on Thursday, they will likely have their heads into this contest.