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Los Angeles at Columbus
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

The Los Angeles Kings are off to their best six-game start in history and are the only NHL team without a regulation loss, but they have a major injury concern heading into their longest road trip of the season. The Kings will be without center Jeff Carter indefinitely when they begin a six-game trek against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Carter underwent a surgical procedure to repair damage to his lower left leg after he was cut by the skate of Montreal's Jeff Petry in Wednesday's 5-1 victory. “Well, it’s a big challenge,” Los Angeles coach John Stevens told reporters regarding the injury. “You’ve got a veteran guy that’s one of the captains of your team and plays in all situations. He’s one of the most dominant centermen in the league. He’s a huge part of our team, but it’s the next man up now." The Blue Jackets had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday, which also marked their first home defeat. Saturday's matchup is the second contest of a four-game homestand for Columbus, which split its last four meetings with the Kings - three of which went beyond regulation.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE KINGS (5-0-1): Carter's absence will require scoring from other players, and Los Angeles got just that on Wednesday as the trio of Adrian Kempe, Mike Cammalleri and Trevor Lewis erupted for 10 points - including Kempe's first career hat trick. "It’s been one of those things where we’ve been working on it together a little bit here over the past couple weeks," Cammalleri told reporters. "Sometimes when you get a little bit of a result, it adds to the conviction." Goaltender Jonathan Quick has yielded eight goals in his first five starts.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (5-2-0): Columbus scored on its first power-play chance in the season opener but has come up empty in 18 subsequent opportunities, failing on all three tries against Tampa Bay. “That has to get going for us - let’s not mince words here,” captain Nick Foligno told reporters. “That needs to be a big part of our success. ... We can’t panic, but there has to be a sense of urgency right now to be a difference-maker on our power play.” Boone Jenner (back) was activated from injured reserve and could make his season debut versus the Kings.

OVERTIME

1. Kings C and leading scorer Anze Kopitar has recorded 14 goals and 30 points in 33 career games against Columbus.

2. Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-4-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average versus the Kings.

3. Los Angeles is 5-for-9 on the power play over the last three games after an 0-for-16 start to the season.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 3, Kings 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 5-0-1-0 W3 4-0-1-0 1-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 5-0-1-0 1-0-1-0
Columbus 5-2-0-0 L1 2-1-0-0 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 5-2-0-0 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting
Los Angeles Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/20/16 LA 2 CLB 3 (SO) 46 25 1-2 27 44 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 2
Columbus C. Atkinson 2
Goals Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 2
Columbus C. Atkinson 2
Assists Player  
Los Angeles D. Doughty 1
Columbus B. Dubinsky 2
Saves Player  
Los Angeles P. Budaj 25
Columbus C. McElhinney 44
Season
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles D. Brown 10
Columbus A. Panarin 13
Goals Player  
Los Angeles D. Brown 5
Columbus Z. Werenski 5
Assists Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 6
Columbus A. Panarin 11
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 197
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 221
Quickchart Matchup
Los Angeles Off vs  Columbus Def
3.5 GF
2.14 GA
34.8 Shots
28.9 Shots
5 PP
3 PK
Columbus Off vs  Los Angeles Def
3 GF
1.67 GA
36.7 Shots
30.7 Shots
1 PP
1 PK