Kings-Senators Preview

The Los Angeles Kings have a bit of a goaltending overload at

the moment even with starter Jonathan Quick on injured reserve.

It hasn’t much mattered whether it’s been Ben Scrivens or rookie

Martin Jones filling in for the injured Quick lately, and the Kings

will try to extend their season-best winning streak to six games

Saturday in Ottawa.

The Kings (21-7-4) have allowed five goals in five games, and

it’s been Jones starring in net for the last four. He made his NHL

debut Dec. 3 in a 3-2 shootout victory at Anaheim and improved to

4-0-0 with Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Toronto.

“I’m starting to get a little more comfortable out there,” Jones

told the team’s official website. “I don’t think today was my most

solid game that I’ve had, some rebounds here and there. I know

there’s a lot of work to do, not every game is going to go as good

as these last few.”

It didn’t go as well as his shutouts against the New York

Islanders and Montreal, but Jones stopped 38 Toronto shots and now

has a 0.74 goals-against average and .974 save percentage to start

his career.

Scrivens has had an extended layoff after starting 10 straight

games when Quick went down with a groin injury on Nov. 12. In 15

games, he has a 1.56 GAA and league-leading .943 save

percentage.

Goaltending aside, the Kings weren’t thrilled with their most

recent win. They were outshot 18-7 in the third, but Los Angeles

forwards Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford scored to secure the

win.

Defenseman Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal midway through

the first to give the Kings their first lead.

“Tonight was (the) worst game we’ve played as a team in a little

while and we still pulled off the win,” Doughty said. “It just

shows no matter what, we’re just going to try and get those two

points even though we’re not satisfied how we’re playing.”

Mike Richards had two assists and has seven during the Kings’

winning streak to tie him for the team lead of 27 points with Anze

Kopitar. Richards has 23 points in 23 career games against the

Senators, including a pair of assists in Los Angeles’ 4-3 home

overtime win over Ottawa on Oct. 9.

The Kings blew a 3-0 lead in that game before winning for the

fifth time in their last six against the Senators.

Ottawa (13-14-6) also leaned on its goaltender in Thursday’s 2-1

home win over Buffalo. Craig Anderson made 40 saves to regain some

confidence after a seven-game stretch in which he had a 3.77 GAA

and .866 save percentage.

“Our goaltender obviously made a conscious decision that he was

going to be competitive and gave us a chance to win,” Senators

coach Paul MacLean said.

Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist to bump his team-leading

point total to 30 in 33 games, which matches his 46-game mark from

last season. Ryan also had a goal and an assist two months ago

against the Kings.

The Senators are 2-0-2 in their last four.

“We’ve had a good week, but we can’t be satisfied with that,”

Anderson said. “This week means nothing if we don’t continue with

the progress for the next game.”

They’ll be short-handed defensively as Jared Cowen concludes his

two-game suspension while fellow blue-liner Marc Methot missed

Thursday’s game with the flu and is questionable.

Kings defenseman Matt Greene hasn’t played since Nov. 2 with an

upper-body injury, though he joined the team on this four-game trip

and is questionable.