Canadiens @ Kings: Game preview, start time, Tale of the Tape, and how to watch
It finally happened. After 22 years of putting another tick in the loss column every time they traveled to San Jose, the Montreal Canadiens forced Sharks fan to watch their team lose in person. Having scored more than one goal just once this season before the game, and not solving San Jose’s goalie more than twice in the past decade, the Canadiens’ offence exploded with four goals.
The story of the night wasn’t the offence, however, but the play of the man serving as the last line of defence. Jake Allen probably prevented at least four goals with great saves to keep the Sharks off the board, and thanks to him the only nail-biting required in the third period was for whether he’d get the shutout, which he did with a 45-save performance.
As is the nature with result streaks, the Canadiens turned a disastrous 1-6-0 start to the season into an encouraging run of two wins in their past three contests. In this recent stretch, they’ve scored 11 goals after just four in the first five games. There are still plenty of players yet to get going, and you can view that as a positive or negative, likely pivoting on whether this afternoon’s result versus the Los Angeles Kings is a win or a loss.
Tale of the Tape
|46.9% (25th)||Scoring-chances-for %||51.1% (15th)|
|1.88 (30th)||Goals per game||2.29 (27th)|
|3.13 (20th)||Goals against per game||3.29 (26th)|
|10.3% (30th)||PP%||17.4% (18th)|
|69.0% (18th)||PK%||61.9% (31st)|
|1-0-0||H2H Record (19-20)||0-1-0|
The Kings were hoping their years of rebuilding were finally coming to an end, and their signing of Phillip Danault was another step in getting back to contending status. Given how well Danault had played in his time in Montreal, really putting himself in the spotlight during the run to the Stanley Cup Final, and that the Kings already had perennial Selke Trophy candidate Anze Kopitar on the roster, the main pieces seemed to be in place.
When they dummied the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game of the season — a 6-2 win with Danault’s first goal with the team and a Kopitar hat trick — they seemed well on their way to at least earning a playoff spot, and potentially finishing atop what looked like quite a weak Pacific Division. Two weeks later, that’s still the only win they have.
Most of their six losses have been close; four of them have been by a goal. The issue is similar to what Montreal was dealing with, in that they can’t score enough goals. After Kopitar (who’s now up to six on the year), the next highest tally is Dustin Brown’s two, and no one else has more than one.
It appears that head coach Todd McLellan’s comments on the rebuld were premature. The Kings have a good group of centres, but are still lacking in the winger department. Help is on the way, as the organization’s prospect pool ranks as one of, if not the best in the entire NHL, but it will take some time to start graduating players to impact roles with the team.
Given what the two teams have produced so far, you probably shouldn’t expect to see a great deal of offence, but the Canadiens have the better overall group of forwards, are showing greater signs of getting some of them going, and should therefore be the favourites in the matinee.
How to Watch Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings Game Live Online on October 30, 2021: Streaming/TV Channels
In Los Angeles, the game is streaming on Bally Sports West (previously Fox Sports West), which is available with a subscription to DIRECTV STREAM. Since Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV do not carry Bally Sports West, this is your only option to stream Los Angeles Kings games all year long.
Can you stream Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens on ESPN+?
If you live outside of Los Angeles, you can stream Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens, and every out-of-market NHL game with a subscription to ESPN+, as well as The Disney Bundle.
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