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I have 12 hours of sports to watch today. I have no time to write witty headlines.

The Los Angles Kings are in town to take on the Bruins tonight at TD Banknorth Garden. The B's are looking to get back on track after their 3rd period collapse against the Penguins on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Kings are looking to snap a 3 game losing streak (0-2-1).

Just who are these Kings you speak of?
Los Angeles Kings 29-30-10 (68 pts); 4th in Pacific, 13th in West

Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Alexander Frolov 28 27 55 -5 24


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Anze Kopitar 25 35 60 -16 22


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Dustin Brown 23 29 52 -10 56

Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jonathan Quick 32 1765 16 12 1 4 78 2.65 844 766 .908 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Erik Ersberg 27 1417 8 10 5 4 61 2.58 613 552 .900 0

Guy Who Likes to Drop the Gloves
Raitis Ivanans: 9 Fighting Majors, 120 PIMs
Matt Greene: 9 Fighting Majors, 107 PIMs

'08-'09 Season Series
First and only meeting this year

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Stephane Yelle other-excused 03/19/2009

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dennis Wideman knee 03/19/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Sturm knee 12/19/2008

Claude Julien said that Stephane Yelle will be in the lineup tonight, while any changes to the blue line will be a game-time decision. Dennis Wideman took a puck off the knee in the game against Pittsburgh but has practiced all week.


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Justin Williams hand 02/16/2009

Notes:

- Tim Thomas will get his 5th straight start tonight.

- Several members of the Kings have New England connections. Jonathan Quick (UMass), Teddy Purcell (Maine), and Peter Harold (BC) all played their college hockey for Hockey East schools. Defenseman Sean O'Donnell spent 3 seasons with the Bruins from 2001-2004. Several players also played for the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester, NH.

- If I had the last name Quick, I don't think I would choose a college that calls its athletic teams the Minutemen.

- The Kings have not been very good playing 5 on 5, but they have been fairly strong at special teams play. Both the power play (20%) and the penalty kill (82.6%) are ranked 11th in the NHL.

- For more on the Kings, check out Battle of California

- Public Skate (open thread) starts at 6:00

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube Fan Shameless Movie Cross-Promotion Video

At least the Kings didn't make their goalies wear masks that were essential movie billboards like some other movie mogul that just happens to own an NHL team. What is a kid from West Newbury doing wearing LA Kings gear? Come playoff time, we will probably see this clown at The Garden all decked out in black & gold.