Kings-Stars Preview

After missing a prime chance to stay unbeaten on their road
trip, the Los Angeles Kings will try to bounce back by continuing
their recent success in Dallas. The Stars, though, have won the two
matchups with the Kings this season and have found their scoring
touch in recent home games.

Dallas will try to continue that trend while seeking its fourth
victory in five games Sunday night.

Los Angeles (19-12-3) seemed to be heading to a 3-0-0 start on
its five-game trip when it held a two-goal lead over Minnesota on
Saturday, but the Kings blew that advantage in a 4-3 shootout
loss.

“It was a sloppy game from us,” forward Justin Williams said.
“That’s certainly not the way we intended to play the game, but
somewhere along the way we lost our way and let a team back in a
game we had full control of.”

The loss denied Los Angeles the chance to move seven points
ahead on a playoff berth. Dallas is tied for ninth with 35 points
and one behind St. Louis in eighth.

“You’re up 3-1 and you give up two points. That’s not what you
want to do,” Quick said. “We’re just trying to climb the standings
and trying to win games every time you’re out there. You’re not
looking at possible playoff standings, you’re just trying to climb
them.”

The Kings would appear to have a good chance to bounce back as
they’re 10-1-2 in their last 13 games in Dallas.

Los Angeles, though, will also face a Stars team that’s tallied
18 goals while winning three of four at home. Dallas (16-14-3)
scored three goals in the third period, including two on the power
play, en route to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Friday.

“It was real big for us,” coach Glen Gulutzan said. “I thought
we were more focused and determined to play a direct game from the
beginning. … I just think we played with more grit. We
capitalized on our power plays and those were the things that we
didn’t do in the third (in Monday’s 7-4 loss to Minnesota).”

Gulutzan’s team has also outscored the Kings 7-2 in two matchups
earlier this month, including a 2-0 road victory March 21. Veterans
Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored third-period goals and Kari
Lehtonen made a season-high 40 saves in his only shutout in
2012-13.

Lehtonen didn’t need to be as precise on March 7 as Jagr’s two
goals led the way in a 5-2 victory in Los Angeles.

The winger recorded his 1,000th career assist and extended a
five-game point streak in Friday’s win. The league’s eighth
all-time leading scorer has four goals and four assists during that
run.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski will try to add to his recent
production against Los Angeles. He has one goal and six assists in
his last four matchups, while the Kings’ Mike Richards has three
goals and seven assists in six career games in Dallas.