Monday, December 12, 2011
Kings Begin Post Murray Era Against The Bruins
The Kings (13-12-4) came into the season considered by most a contender for both the Western Conference title and the Stanley Cup. Fast forward 29 games into the season and the Kings sit outside of a playoff spot in the 12 seed of the Western Conference, and have a league worst average of 2.21 goals per game.
Those downfalls proved to be enough to force Lombardi to make the decision to relieve Murray of his head coach duties at the start of the Kings' current four game road trip.
The Kings go into TD Garden in the midst of a four game losing streak, where they have been outscored 11-6, and are 3-6-1 in their last ten games. The Kings offensive struggles have been present all season and have scored two or fewer goals in nine of their last ten contests.
The Bruins (18-9-1) enter the game on a much higher note than the Kings. Fresh off of a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins sit atop the Northeast Division and are tied for second place in the Eastern conference.
While the Kings have struggled to find the back of the net, scoring only 65 goals all season, the Bruins have not, scoring 70 goals in their last 18 games.
Contributing to the Bruins' success is the team's stellar goal tending, ranking second in the league in both average goals against per game at 2.07 and save percentage with .932.
This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season and will meet again on March 24.