The Los Angeles Kings will move indoors on Tuesday night, as they go from Falcon Stadium in Colorado to MTS Place in Winnipeg. In what was one of the best efforts of the year from the Kings, they dispatched a Western Conference contender with a 3-1 win in a Stadium Series contest.
The Kings got ahead in the 1st period with a Tyler Toffoli tally, and then Toffoli added two more for the natural hat trick over the Avalanche. It’s a meaningless win in the grand scheme of things for the Kings, but that’s a win they can look back on when the year is done. That’s going to be the only marquee game that the Kings are going to be featured in on national television this season and they were able to rise up.
Credit Jonathan Quick for keeping the Kings in that game. The game could have gotten out of hand early, but Quick stood tall. It could have easily been a 3-0 game for the Avalanche after just ten minutes of play. This is a season that Quick will not look back on fondly, though that game will stick out for him.
The Kings would like to deal Quick soon, but there will not be any suitors with his contract. Toffoli, though, did get moved after his sensational game against the Avalanche. He is heading to Vancouver in a deal to help bolster the Canucks’ playoff chase. Good move for the Canucks and a move that signals the tearing down process in LA for the Kings.
There will be opportunities for other Kings to step up with Toffoli gone now. However, it does remove one of the few guys on the roster who were producing consistently this season. Toffoli goes over to the Canucks with 18 goals and 16 assists. Expect him to find better success on a team that has other solid players to compliment him.
He does not have to be the go-to option for the Canucks, but should be a nice fit on an already talented roster. With that in mind, no, Toffoli will obviously not be playing for the Kings tonight. They were able to trade him at his peak value after the hat trick on Saturday night, so that was the biggest plus for the Kings in that game.
The Kings will be in action without Toffoli in Winnipeg against the Jets on Monday. Winnipeg is in a competitive playoff race in the Western Conference. The No. 3 spot in the Central Division is going to be tough to get, but they’re alive and well when it comes to one of the two wildcards The Jets head into Tuesday with a record of 30-25-5 and 65 points, which puts them 3 points behind the Coyotes and Flames for a wildcard. The Coyotes and Flames both won on Monday, while the Jets had the day off. Head below for our free Kings vs. Jets pick.
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The win for the Kings on Saturday night was only the second in their last seven games, and third win in their last 13 outings. They are on a two-game winning streak, though, after defeating the Flames and Avalanche. Not a bad little stretch for them at all, but it doesn’t put a dent in their abysmal standing in the Pacific Division. The Kings own a record of 21-33-5 and 47 points for last in the division.
That’s likely where they will stay, as they’re 8 points behind the Ducks to move out of last. The two straight wins for the Kings was only the fifth time this season that the Kings have won consecutive games. They’ve had a three-game winning streak only once this season, with a chance to make it a second in Winnipeg tonight.
The Kings were running on plenty of energy to get by the Kings on Saturday night. They were really excited to be there after getting no media time in 2019-20. That was the first and only game they’ll be in the spotlight, and made the most of it by beating a top Western Conference squad. Having said that, there could be the hangover that hits them hard on Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
They haven’t been a great road team this season despite the game on Saturday as well. The Kings are 9-21-4 on the road and have scored just 2.26 goals per game on the road. Overall, they’re 30th in the league with 2.46 goals a game. Jonathan Quick was a standout at Falcon Stadium for the Kings, but that’s largely been the exception for him away from the Staples Center. Quick has a 3.38 GAA and 0.888 save percentage on the road as opposed to a 2.58 GAA and 0.909 save percentage at home.
In the Kings’ previous ten games, they have scored just 2.1 goals a game while allowing 3.3 goals game. If you just started watching the NHL on Saturday night, you’d think this Kings team would be a lot better than that. Not the case, and the guy that you watched lead the Kings in that contest was traded to the Canucks. Look for the Kings to have a hangover in Winnipeg in this one following their biggest win of the season against the Avalanche.