The Ottawa Senators continue to be a disaster. After losing late on Wednesday night in Anaheim, they have now dropped nine of their last 10 games. Worse yet, the coaching staff is in danger of losing the team based on their efforts. They have failed to score a single goal in their last two outings and desperately need something positive from tonight’s game in Los Angeles.
The trends don’t look good for Ottawa. The Kings, who are one of the best teams in the league, are 10-4 against teams with a losing record. They have also gone 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings between the teams in Los Angeles.
As for Ottawa, they are just 1-6 after a loss by two goals or more in their previous game and 13-19 in their last 32 back-to-back games. They’re also 0-3 this year and 6-17 in their last 23 after playing three consecutive road games.
The Senators fell to 9-11-6 as they were shut out 3-0 in Anaheim on Wednesday night. The Senators have won just once in their last 10 games. The Sens started Craig Andersen in net last night, which means they’re probably turning to Mike Condon tonight. It doesn’t really matter as both goaltenders have GAA’s at 3.00 or worse and save percentages at .904 or worse.
The bigger issue here is whether the coaching staff has lost the team. After an embarrassing loss on Saturday night in Winnipeg, the thought was that the team would rebound with a fervent effort. That didn’t happen as they were again shut out but a struggling Ducks team while managing just 22 shots on net. The Sens are in a tough spot here but it’s looking more and more like the team is tuning out the coaching staff.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are 18-8-3 after a 5-2 win at home over Minnesota on Tuesday for their sixth victory in a row. Everything is going right for them as their offense is on a roll right now, scoring four goals or more four times during the team’s six-game winning streak. They have allowed two goals or fewer in each of those games. Goaltender Jonathan Quick had a little bit of a rough stretch to start November but he’s allowed two goals or less in seven of his last eight outings.
When the Kings are rolling, they look like one of the very best teams in the entire NHL. Now they’ll get to face a team that can’t get out of their own way. The Kings have an edge in almost every facet of the game right now. On top of that, they’re at home, facing an east coast team that’s flying out west. As long as the Kings don’t make a ton of mental lapses or fall asleep in this one, they should take care of business rather easily.
Senators vs. Kings Prediction
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