Bruins desperately seeking a win vs. Kings

The Bruins will try to avoid being the jesters as they host the Kings tonight at TD Garden. The Bruins have now lost 6 straight games and are just 1-8-1 in their last 10 contests. The Bruins hope to avoid their first 7-game losing streak since 1997. Meanwhile the LA Kings are riding a 4-game streak.

Know Your Enemy

Los Angeles Kings (31-19-3)

Head Coach: Terry Murray

SB Nation's New Kings Blog: Jewels From The Crown

SB Nation's Left Coast Hockey Blog: Battle of California

Leading Scorer:


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Anze Kopitar 22 31 53 7 10

Goaltending:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonathan Quick 48 2879 29 16 123 2.56 1318 1195 .907 1


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Erik Ersberg 7 336 2 3 18 3.21 152 134 .882 0

Injury Report

Boston: Andrew Ference (out, groin), Marco Sturm (doubtful, leg), Steve Begin (questionable, lower body)


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jack Johnson arm 01/30/2010
Justin Williams ankle 12/27/2009
Davis Drewiske shoulder 01/05/2010
Andrei Loktionov shoulder 11/26/2009

Notes:

- The Bruins have not won at home since the Winter Classic on New Years Day at Fenway Park. They haven't won at TD Garden since December 30th when they beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-0. Their current 5-game home losing streak is tied for the second longest home losing streak in franchise history. The '24-'25 Bruins lost 11 straight in their first season in the National Hockey League.

- Steve Begin (lower body) could make his return to the lineup tonight.

- Kings defenseman Jack Johnson will miss tonight's game with an arm injury and will likely be replaced in the lineup by Randy Jones, a man who is widely considered a villian by the Bruins Faithful.

- Bookmakers seem to think that tonight could be the night that the B's snap out of this funk. Most have the Bruins as a slight favorite. Most money lines have the Bruins at between -120 and -130.

- The Bruins and Kings met just 2 weeks ago. The Bruins lost 4-3 in a shootout on the Kings home ice.

- Due to the schedule of back-to-back games, the Bruins did not hold a morning skate today.

- For the second straight night, Bruins fans will likely get the chance to see their team face one of Team USA's goalies.

- For more on tonight's game, be sure to check out Jewels From The Crown. Jewel From The Crown is the newest edition to the SBN Hockey Crew. We now have a team-specific blog for all 30 NHL teams.

- The game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NESN. The Public Skate open thread starts at 6:30. I promise I'll remember to post one this time.

I think we may have found Adolfo Gonzalez's long-lost brother.

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