LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings made it two-in-a-row for sloppy, shoddy play, especially in their defensive zone, in a 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a disappointed sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 17, ending the Kings’ home winning streak at eight games.
As they did on November 15 in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Kings were often careless with the puck, resulting in turnovers near the Columbus blue line, in the neutral zone, or in their own zone, giving the Blue Jackets numerous quality scoring chances while the Kings scrambled to recover.
Blatant defensive miscues only made matters worse, leaving Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to fend for himself much of the time.
The bright spots for the Kings were a three-assist performance by defenseman Drew Doughty, along with a goal and an assist from right wing Justin Williams, who leads the team with nine goals. He also extended his point streak to eleven games, setting a new career high, scoring seven goals and adding seven assists for 14 points during that span.
Prior to the game, the Kings announced that they have loaned center Brayden Schenn to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate, on a conditioning assignment.
The Kings announced that Schenn would be loaned to the Monarchs on November 17, but delayed the roster move until the National Hockey League approved the loan.
Schenn, 19, still has junior hockey eligibility and, under normal circumstances, could not be assigned to a minor league team. Rather, he would have to assigned to his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
Schenn’s conditioning assignment can last no more than two weeks.
- The last Kings player to have points in at least eleven straight games was Luc Robitaille, who had a 15-game streak from January 31 to March 2, 2000.
- Anze Kopitar, who recorded an assist in the game, has points in five straight games on three goals and six assists for nine points. He also has assists in five straight games, a career high.
- Doughty has points in three straight games (one goal and five assists for six points). His three assists in this game was one short of his career high.
- With an assist in the game, Jarret Stoll extended his point streak to eight games on three goals and seven assists for ten points, one short of his career high.
- Quick, who is 10-2-0 on the season, still has the best record for a Kings goaltender after twelve decisions. The previous mark was held by Robb Stauber, who was 9-2-1 in 1992-93.
- The twelve wins after 17 games ties a franchise record. The 1990-91 team also had twelve wins.
- The Kings’ 24 points after 17 games is tied for the third most in club history. The 1992-93 club was 11-4-2, 24 points.
- The best 17-game start in club history is 10-1-6, 26 points, in the 1974-75 season.
- The Kings remain perfect on the penalty-kill at home. They have not allowed a goal in 35 times shorthanded at Staples Center.
- Columbus had 23 blocked shots in the game, while the Kings blocked twelve.
Audio Interviews (edited to remove extraneous material and dead air)
Matt Greene (1:57)
Anze Kopitar (3:07)
Terry Murray (7:32)
Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube
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