College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The last time the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers played was December 17, 2008 in LA and the Rangers skated away with a 3-2 overtime win. The Kings and Rangers are the hottest teams in the league and will battle tonight in Manhattan. Both New York and LA lost their opening games, but have combined for nine straight wins (LA four in a row and New York five). The key to New York’s quick start is how well they’ve been finishing games. The Rangers have outscored their opponents 13-5 in the third period. Former Minnesota Wild Marian Gaborik leads all New York forwards with five goals and four assists. The Rangers have also been getting production from their back end. Their defence has scored ten goals already this season. For the Kings their early season success can be attributed to the play of goaltender Jon Quick. Since letting in six goals to the Phoenix Coyotes on opening night, Quick has only allowed nine goals in four games. Up front, centre Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth have been carrying the offensive workload. The two have combined for a total of eight goals and nine assists. The Kings come into this one riding another streak as well. They’ve won the last four of six meetings with the Rangers, including the last three at the Madison Square Gardens. In fact the last time the Kings lost in MSG was Nov. 28, 2000.