While his team dropped its most recent game, Dallas Stars coach
Lindy Ruff has been pleased with the energy he’s seen lately.
The Stars showed plenty of that last week against Los Angeles
and will try to get past the slumping Kings again Tuesday
Dallas (19-12-7) fell 3-2 in overtime to St. Louis on Sunday but
rallied from a two-goal deficit to extend its point streak to six
games (4-0-2). Jamie Benn scored his sixth goal in eight contests
in that defeat, and had a three-point night in a 5-2 victory in Los
Angeles on Dec. 23.
Benn provided a goal and two assists for the Stars, and one of
those assists was on Valeri Nichushkin’s tiebreaking power-play
goal in the second period. Those efforts helped send Kings
goaltender Martin Jones to his first NHL defeat after a league
record-tying 8-0-0 start.
“We haven’t had many of those low-energy games, where you get
dominated and you’re looking for a spark in the game and can’t
quite find one,” Ruff said. “I think that’s probably a big reason
why we’re where we’re at. Our energy level has been good.”
Jones was outdueled by Chicago’s Antti Raanta on Monday in a 1-0
road defeat, Los Angeles’ season-high third in a row, and Dustin
Brown missed a penalty shot in the second period.
The Kings (25-11-4) have been outscored 9-4 in their last three
games and have also lost a season-worst three straight on the
“We had our chances. They had some chances,” center Mike
Richards said. “We just didn’t capitalize on our looks at the
It’s unknown if Los Angeles will send out Jones again Tuesday or
use Ben Scrivens, who has never faced the Stars. The Kings are also
awaiting Jonathan Quick’s return from a strained groin but that
likely won’t come until early next month.
With Quick in net, Los Angeles beat Dallas 5-2 at home Oct. 19.
Justin Williams had two goals and an assist in that win, and Anze
Kopitar added three assists.
Kopitar is the only Kings player with more than two points in
the last three games, registering one goal and two assists.
Williams and Drew Doughty are the only players with more than
Williams recorded those two points in the loss to Dallas and has
a team-best five in this season’s series (three goals, two
assists). Kopitar has seven assists in his last four matchups, and
Doughty has two goals and three assists during a four-game point
streak against the Stars.
He’ll try to add to that while helping Los Angeles’ struggling
special teams. The Kings’ power play is 1 for 14 in the last seven
games and the team has given up four goals the last 16 times it’s
Dallas’ power play is 2 for 18 in the last five games, but the
Stars had killed off 21 of 22 penalties before allowing St. Louis
to score twice with a man advantage Sunday, including the winning
The teams have scored one power-play goal apiece in this
season’s two matchups.
Stars leading scorer Tyler Seguin has a goal and an assist in
each of those games, and Benn had a team-best five points (one
goal, four assists).
The Kings haven’t lost four in a row since Feb. 16-22, 2012.