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NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (37-20-8) at Colorado Avalanche (35-21-6)


MARCH 9 vs. Colorado Avalanche – 7:00 PM MT (6:00 PM PT) // Venue: Ball Arena // TV: Bally Sports West // Radio: iHeartRadio

  • The LA Kings visit the Colorado Avalanche for the second of three meetings between these two clubs this season (5-4 SOW on Dec.
    29; April 8).
  • The Kings aim for their second victory in Denver this season.
  • Following tonight’s game, the Kings will open a seven-game homestand (Mar. 11 vs. NSH; Mar. 14 vs. NYI; Mar. 16 vs. CBJ; Mar. 18 vs. VAN; Mar. 20 vs. CGY; Mar. 25 vs. WPG; Mar. 26 vs. STL).

1) The Kings’ four road shootout wins leads all teams this season.

2) Mikey Anderson registered his third goal of the season on Monday night, setting a new single season career-high.

3) No team has more one-goal game victories this season than the Kings (20).

4) Zack MacEwen made his LA Kings debut on March 6 vs. Washington and recorded one blocked shot, two hits and one takeaway in 5:52 minutes of time-on-ice.

5) Only Colorado’s Cale Makar (26:42) averages more time-on-ice per game among all skaters than Drew Doughty (26:21).

All-Time Record: 74-62-8-5
Home: 42-25-5-4
Away: 32-37-3-1
OT: 11-5 (4 ties)
Shootout: 4-4
2021-22: 0-3-0
2022-23: 1-0-0

Anze Kopitar* – 59 GP, 53 PTS (18-35=53)
Luc Robitaille – 40 GP, 52 PTS (32-20=52)
Marcel Dionne – 25 GP, 39 PTS (16-23=39)
Wayne Gretzky – 16 GP, 39 PTS (9-30=39)
Dustin Brown – 60 GP, 38 PTS (16-22=38)
*-denotes active roster player

LAST MEETING vs. COLORADO: Dec. 29, 2022 – LAK 5 at COL 4 (SO)
Venue: Ball Arena
LAK Goals: Vilardi (16), Danault (11), Iafallo (6), Walker (2), Arvidsson (SO GDG)
COL Goals: Compher (6), Cogliano (5), Makar (9), Rodrigues (9)
Goalies: LAK: Copley (W; 23 saves – 27 shots) COL: Georgiev (SOL; 23 saves – 27 shots)
LAK PP: 2-for-4
LAK PK: 4-for-5

Sat., March 11 | vs. Nashville | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
Anze Kopitar has four points in his last three games against the Predators (0-4=4).

Tues., March 14 | vs. NY Islanders | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have won four of their last five games against the Islanders, including their last three consecutive.

Thurs., March 16 | vs. Columbus Blue Jackets | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have points in four of their last five meetings vs. the Blue Jackets, dating back to Dec. 19, 2019 (2-1-2).

Player, Games Missed, Date(s), Status
F Trevor Moore, 23 games, Dec. 27 – Jan. 31 (upper-body); Feb. 23 – Pres. (upper-body)
F Alex Iafallo, 23 games, Oct. 18 – Dec. 3 (lower-body)
F Brendan Lemieux, 18 games, Nov. 14 – Dec. 20 (lower-body)
F Arthur Kaliyev, 18 games, Dec. 22 – Jan. 31 (lower-body)
F Carl Grundstrom, 15 games, Jan. 19 – Feb. 26 (lower-body)
F Gabriel Vilardi, 10 games, Nov. 27 (lower-body); Jan. 19 – Feb. 13 (undisclosed)
F Quinton Byfield, 6 games, Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 (illness)
F Viktor Arvidsson, 3 games, Oct. 13 (illness); Oct. 25 (illness); Jan. 11 (illness)
D Sean Durzi, 2 games, Nov. 19 – Nov. 22. (lower-body)
D Drew Doughty, 1 game, Dec. 11 (lower-body)
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 119

Mar. 1 – Tobias Bjornfot (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Mar. 1 – Rights to Erik Portillo (G) acquired from Buffalo in exchange for a 2023 third-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 – Zack MacEwen (F) acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for Brendan Lemieux (F) and a 2024 fifth-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 – Nate Schnarr (F) acquired from Montreal in exchange for Frederic Allard (D).
Mar. 3 – Austin Wagner (F) traded to Chicago for future considerations.
Mar. 8 – Jordan Spence (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).



Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Radio
Thu, Mar. 9 LOS ANGELES 7 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Sat, Mar. 11 ARIZONA 4 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Mon, Mar. 13 at Montreal 5:30 p.m. Altitude, Sportsnet 92.5 FM
Wed, Mar. 15 at Toronto 5 p.m. TNT 92.5 FM
Thu, Mar. 16 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Sat, Mar. 18 at Detroit 11 a.m. Altitude, NHLN 92.5 FM

COLORADO AVALANCHE (35-21-6, 76 PTS) vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS (37-20-8, 82 PTS)
7:08 p.m. – Ball Arena, Denver, Colo.
Altitude TV / Altitude Radio (92.5 FM)
The Colorado Avalanche continues their four-game homestand tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at Ball Arena … The Avs are 1-0-1 so far on this homestand, which concludes on Saturday against Arizona … Colorado is 8-2-2 in itslast 12 games and 15-4-3 (.750) in its last 22 contests since Jan. 14 … Only Boston (17-3-1, .833) and Carolina (16-3-1, .825) have a better record during that span … The Avs are in a busy stretch of 15 contests in 26 days through March 29.

Altitude TV: Marc Moser (play-by-play), Mark Rycroft (analyst), Katie Gaus (reporter)
Altitude Radio: Conor McGahey

March 7 – Colorado 6, San Jose 0 at Ball Arena
Cale Makar and Valeri Nichushkin each had a goal and three assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena … Artturi Lehkonen and Nathan MacKinnon chipped in with a goal and one helper apiece, Devon Toews had two assists and Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 13 shots he faced … Colorado out-shot San Jose 43-13, including a 19-2 margin in the first period.
SF: 43 SA: 13 PP: 1-5 PK: 3-3

The Avs out-shot the Sharks 43-13 … The 13 shots against were a season-low and tied for the fourth-fewest shots allowed in a game in franchise history (the record is nine on Jan. 27, 2001 at Nashville) … The +30 shot differential equaled the fifth-largest margin in a game in franchise history (record is +35 against Minnesota on March 18, 2021)… The Avs out-shot the Sharks 19-2 in the first period, the largest margin of any period this year (+17) MacKinnon extended his HOME point streak to 14 contests and scored a goal in his seventh consecutive game at Ball Arena … The seven-game home goal streak is one shy of the franchise record (eight games) shared by Joe Sakic in 2000-01 and Michel Goulet in 1983-84 MacKinnon’s effort was his 200th career multi-point game … He joins Sakic (473), Peter Stastny (313), Goulet (256) and Peter Forsberg (222) as the only Avalanche/Nordiques players to record 200 multi-point games Makar’sfour points tied a career high, his third 4-point game … That’s one behind Sandis Ozolinsh (four) for the most 4-point games by a defenseman in franchise history It was Makar’s 17th career 3-point game, tying Tyson Barrie for the most 3-point efforts by a defenseman in franchise history… It was Cale’s 58th career multi-point game, passing Barrie (57) for the second most by a franchise defenseman behind Ozolinsh (63) Cale’s goal was the 62nd of his career, tying Rob Blake for fifth place among franchise blueliners Makar’s goal stood as the game winner, his fourth game-winning goal of the season (tied for fourth among NHL defensemen) … It was his 17th career game-winning tally, the most of any defenseman since he made his NHL debut in 2019-20 and one shy of the franchise record for a blueliner (Barrie, 18) Makarset a new single-game career high with a +5 plus/minus rating, tied for the second-highest rating by a Colorado blueliner since the club moved to Denver (Adam Foote, +6 on Dec. 5, 1995 vs. San Jose) … It’s the highest plus/minus by an Avalanche player since Barrie was +5 on April 2, 2019 vs. Edmonton Georgiev posted his fourth shutout of the season, already a career high and just one behind Darcy Kuemper and Ilya Sorokin for the league lead Rantanen’s goal was his 42nd of the season, tied for third in the NHL … The 42 goals, which are a career high, are now alone as the fourth highest single-season goal total in Avalanche history since relocating) Nichushkin tied his career high with four points, equaling the mark he set as a rookie with the Dallas Stars on Dec. 7, 2013 vs. Philadelphia Nichushkin’s +4 rating also matched a career best (fourth time) Nichushkin, who missed Saturday’s contest at Dallas, has recorded a point in each of the last eight games he’s appeared in, collecting 13 points (4g/9a) over that stretch Toewstied his career high with a +4 rating (fourth time) … He leads the team with a +26 plus/minus rating this season and is a league-best +107 since joining the Avalanche in 2020-21 Lehkonen equaled his career best with a +4 rating (third time) MacKinnon’s four shots-on-goal gives him 2,666 shots in his career, one behind Milan Hejduk (2,667) for second place in franchise history … Joe Sakic has the most at 4,621

Pavel Francouz – lower body (Feb. 14 – present)
Darren Helm – lower body (Jan. 14 – present)
Erik Johnson – ankle (Feb. 14 – present)
Gabriel Landeskog – knee (Oct. 12 – present)
Kurtis MacDermid – lower body (March 9 – present)
Josh Manson – lower body (March 4 – present)
Total Man-Game Lost: 349

Mar. 6 – Jonas Johansson recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 5 – Keith Kinkaid reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 4 – Ben Meyers reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 3 – Keith Kinkaid, Brad Hunt, Ben Meyers recalled from Colorado (AHL) … Gustav Rydahl acquired from the NY Rangers in exchange for forward Anton Blidh and reports to Colorado (AHL) … Cale Makar activated from IR
Mar. 1 – Ben Meyers recalled from Colorado (AHL) … Lars Eller acquired from Washington for a second-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft … Cale Makar placed on IR (retro to Feb. 18) … Brad Hunt recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL) … Justus Annunen, Brad Hunt, Ben Meyers reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)

The Avalanche and Kings meet for the second time this season and the second and final time in Denver … They will face off once more in Southern California on April 8 … Los Angeles rallied to win the first game 5-4 in overtime on Dec. 29, snapping the Avalanche’s nine-game winning streak against the Kings … That was the longest winning streak by either team in this series …. Colorado is still 9-0-1 in its last 10 versus LA and 13-3-2 in the last 18 matchups … The Avs out-scored the Kings 16- 4 in last year’s three-game season series sweep.

Dec. 29 vs. LOS ANGELES (O, 4-5)
Mar. 9 vs. LOS ANGELES
Apr. 8 @ Los Angeles

Overall: 0-0-1 Overall: 3-0-0 Overall: 67-66-16 Overall: 49-44-12 Series (record): 2 series (2-0)
Home: 0-0-1 Home: 1-0-0 Home: 38-29-6 Home: 28-20-3 Record Overall: 8-6
Road: — Road: 2-0-0 Road: 29-37-10 Road: 21-24-9 2001 CSF (W, 4-3), 2002 CQF (W, 4-3)

The Avalanche are 10-6 in games decided past regulation, 6-3 in overtime and 4-3 in shootouts … The Avalanche are 81-47 all-time in shootouts, the highest winning percentage (.633) of any team since the tiebreaker started in 2005-06 … The Avs have the best all-time shooting percentage at 37.9% (162/427) and the fourth-best save percentage at .716 (312/436).

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