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NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (5-2-2) at Ottawa Senators (4-4-0)


NOVEMBER 2 vs. Ottawa Senators – 7:00 PM ET // Venue: Canadian Tire Centre // TV: Bally Sports West // Radio: iHeartRadio

-The LA Kings visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena for the first of two meetings this season between these clubs (March 7).

-The Kings aim for their fifth consecutive road win of the 2023-24 campaign.

-Tonight’s matchup is the third against an Atlantic Division opponent this year for LA (Oct. 21 vs. BOS; Oct. 31 at TOR).

-The Kings are in the middle of a four-game road trip. Following tonight’s game, the team will visit the Philadelphia Flyers (Nov. 4) and Vegas Golden Knights (Nov. 8).


1) Only Detroit (40) has scored more goals this season than the Kings’ 39.

2) Kevin Fiala’s 11 assists this season are tied for second in the league, trailing only New Jersey’s Jack Hughes (13) for the league lead.

3) Jordan Spence has recorded three assists in his last four games, the first time in Spence’s career that he has recorded at least three assists in a four-game span.

4) Forward Arthur Kaliyev has three goals in his last three games against the Senators (3-0=3). Kaliyev scored his second goal, and first power-play goal of the season, on Tuesday night vs. Toronto. It marked the 15th power-play goal of his career, surpassing Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras (14) for the second-most power-play goals among 2019 NHL draftees and trailing only New Jersey’s Jack Hughes (23).

5) Goaltender Cam Talbot makes his return to Ottawa after recording a 17-14-2 record in 32 games started last season. Talbot has backstopped his team to a point in three straight games (2-0-1) and has recorded a win in four consecutive road games started for the Kings.


All-Time Record: 26-13-2-2

Home: 16-4-1-1

Away: 10-9-1-1 OT: 4-2 (2 ties)

Shootout: 1-0 2022-23: 1-0-1


Dec. 6, 2022 – LAK 5 vs. OTT 2 Venue: Canadian Tire Centre LAK Goals: Roy (4), Anderson (2), Arvidsson (6, 7), Fiala (9) OTT Goals: Batherson (6), Chabot (5)

Goalies: LAK: Copley (W; 31 saves, 33 shots)

OTT: Talbot (L, 9 saves, 14 shots), Forsberg (L; 14 saves, 14 shots) PP: 2-3 PK: 2-4


LAST GAME: Oct. 28, 5-2 win at Pittsburgh:

Tkachuk scored twice while Giroux contributed a game-high three points (three assists) to lead the Senators to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh and a second consecutive win at PPG Paints Arena for the first time. Batherson, Kubalik (who notched his first goal with Ottawa) and Greig (who also earned an assist to record the first multi-point game of his NHL career), also scored for the visitors. Stützle posted two assists on a night that saw Crosby and Guentzel reply for the Penguins. Korpisalo made 40 saves to earn the win in goal for the Senators. Jarry stopped six of nine shots in incurring the loss for Pittsburgh. Former Senator Hellberg turned aside 15 of 17 shots in relief. Scratches: None; Injuries: Brannstrom, Chabot, Zub; Shots: OTT – 26, PIT – 42; PP: OTT – 1-3, PIT – 0-2.

INJURY REPORT: Defenceman Artem Zub has missed the team’s four most recent games with an upperbody injury; defenceman Erik Brannstrom is day-to-day with an upper-body injury; defenceman Thomas Chabot is on IR with a right hand fracture. Total man-games lost: 10.


– History: 2023-24 (0-0-0): Nov. 2 @ Ottawa, March 7 @ Los Angeles 2022-23 (1-1-0): 11/27/22 @ Los Angeles (3-2 OT win), 12/6/22 @ Ottawa (5-2 loss) Series record: Overall: 15-22-2-4, Home: 10-8-1-2, Away: 5-14-1-2 Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 11/7/19 (3-2 OT); @ Los Angeles: 11/27/22 (3-2 OT) Last Los Angeles win: @ Ottawa: 12/6/22 (5-2); @ Los Angeles: 11/27/21 (4-2) Last OT result: 11/27/22 (3-2 OT win) @ Los Angeles Last shootout: 10/24/17 (3-2 SO loss) @ Ottawa Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (2x, Last: 1/16/01, 7-6 OT loss); Allowed: 8, (3/4/93, 8-6 loss); Both teams: 14, (3/4/93, 8-6 loss) Last Game: 12/6/22, 5-2 loss @ Ottawa: OTT Goals: Batherson, Chabot; LA Goals: Roy, Anderson, Arvidsson (2x), Fiala; OTT Scratch: Gambrell; OTT Injuries: Bernard-Docker, Norris, Zub; OTT Goalies: Talbot (5 GA, L, 32:34), Forsberg (0 GA, 25:24); LA Goalie: Copley; OTT PP: 2-4; LA PP: 2-3; Shots: 33-28. Career vs. Los Angeles: Tarasenko leads all players in career games played (28), in goals (12) and in points (25); Giroux leads in assists (16); Chychrun leads in penalty minutes (22) against Los Angeles.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has posted a record of 3-2-0 at home this season … Brady Tkachuk leads the team with four goals at home … Tim Stützle and Vladimir Tarasenko share the assist lead with five each at Canadian Tire Centre … Tarasenko (three goals, five assists) maintains the team’s scoring lead with eight points to date in Ottawa this season … The Senators earned a record of 24-14-3 at home in 2022-23.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: The Senators will play back-to-back games on 14 occasions in 2023-24 with the next set scheduled to begin when the team visits Toronto on Wednesday before it hosts Vancouver for the only time this season on Thursday evening … The Senators played 12 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 7-5-0 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (1-0-0 this season) while posting an 6-5-1 record (1-0-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 8 for 38 (21.1%) on the power-play in 2023-24 … Josh Norris and Jake Sanderson share the team lead with two power-play goals each … Norris is tied with Tim Stützle (four assists) with four power-play points, respectively, this season … Ottawa has tallied multiple power-play goals in an individual contest on one occasion this season after having done so on 18 occasions in 2022-23 … The Senators were 72-for-306 (23.5%) on the power play in 2022-23.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has allowed seven power-play goals this season while having overcome 22 of 29 shorthanded situations to maintain an efficiency rating of 75.9% … Parker Kelly’s first shorthanded goal of his career, scored in the Oct. 11 season-opener at Carolina, is the team’s lone shorthanded tally of 2023-24 after it notched nine such markers in each of the past two seasons.

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