The LA Kings enter today’s game as one of the hottest teams in hockey, owners of a six-game win streak. The Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, are mired in a five-game losing streak and have lost eight of their last ten games.
If you’re feeling like this might be a trap game, coming into town with a ton of confidence against a perpetually struggling Ottawa Senators team, then you just might be right. The LA Kings are approaching this winning streak with the right attitude. “Don’t get too high, don’t get too low” is a hockey cliche, but it’s also a good mindset to have. This feels like exactly the sort of game where a little bit of overconfidence could go awry.
Regardless, several LA Kings players are coming into this one riding some pretty significant scoring streaks. Andreas Athanasiou has points in all three appearances since his season debut. Alex Iafallo has points in seven straight — love that the LA Kings hot streak coincides with Iafallo’s excellent run of play. Adrian Kempe, long frustrating to LA Kings fans as a streaky scorer, has goals in four consecutive games, as well as a five-game points streak.
- Fun fact, like everyone on the Senators is on the COVID protocol list. Okay, not everyone. While the Senators did play on Tuesday against Boston, it was with a depleted roster. Austin Watson, Nick Holden, Connor Brown, Dylan Gambrell, Victor Mete, and Josh Brown, as well as associate coach Jack Capuano, have all wound up on the COVID list. Brown was the most recent to go, being added on Wednesday morning.
- The Senators are also missing goalie Anton Forsberg (illness), forward Shane Pinto (upper body), and forward Colin White (dislocated shoulder).
- Given that the Senators are basically trotting out their AHL team, it’s no surprise they’ve been struggling extra recently. So perhaps taking Boston to a one-goal game should be somewhat of an accomplishment for the Belleville-in-Ottawa Senators.
"We played as hard as we could play … it's unfortunate we don't get a point or better. I'm proud of the group with the guys that were out and the effort we gave."
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 10, 2021
- The Senators only have three wins so far: two against Dallas and one against Toronto. They have yet to win a game in the month of November.
- Over the LA Kings six-game winning streak, Alex Iafallo leads the team with nine points. Adrian Kempe, Phil Danault, and Anze Kopitar have six each. The only players without points are Mikey Anderson (who has great defensive stats) and Lias Andersson (who has missed three of those games with injury). Iafallo also leads the team with 26 shots on goal.
- The LA Kings have a record of 23-13-2-1 against the Senators in franchise history. Cal Petersen, the presumptive starter, has played just one game against Ottawa — the 3-2 win on March 11, 2020, also known as the last NHL game before the season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Puck Drop and Broadcast Info
- Thursday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. P.T.
- TV: NHL Network, Bally Sports West, TSN2, RDS2
Tale of the Tape
LA Kings: 17.6% (20th)
OTT: 17.1% (23rd)
LAK: 72.2% (27th)
OTT: 71.9% (28th)
LAK: 52.8% (7th)
OTT: 48.2% (24th)
Goals Per Game
LAK: 2.85 (19th)
OTT: 2.50 (28th)
Goals Against Per Game
LAK: 2.62 (8th)
OTT: 3.58 (30th)
LAK: Anze Kopitar – 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points
OTT: Drake Batherson — 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points