National Hockey League
Preview
Colorado at Los Angeles
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 4, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Kings look to maintain their hold on a playoff spot when they host the hopeful Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Los Angeles enters with possession of the second wild card in the Western Conference as it is even in points with Winnipeg but owns the tiebreaker.

The Kings bounced back from a two-game skid during which they totaled two goals by posting an 8-2 victory over Edmonton on Thursday. Colorado is hanging by a thread in the postseason picture as it trails Los Angeles by six points with four games remaining. The Avalanche remained alive by posting a 4-2 triumph on Friday, with Matt Duchene and Dennis Everberg each recording a goal and an assist. The Kings are looking to sweep the three-game season series after outscoring the Avalanche 9-3 in two wins at Pepsi Center.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN West (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (36-30-12): Tyson Barrie notched a pair of assists Friday to raise his season point total to 51. The 23-year-old, who has 12 goals and 39 assists, joined Sandis Ozolinsh, Rob Blake and Ray Bourque as the only Avalanche defensemen to reach the 50-point plateau in one season. Duchene has landed on the scoresheet in four of his last five games, collecting three goals and four assists in that span.

ABOUT THE KINGS (38-25-14): Los Angeles welcomed Jarret Stoll back to the lineup Thursday as the veteran notched an assist in his return. The 32-year-old missed nine contests after suffering a head injury on March 12. Marian Gaborik is coming off his fourth two-goal performance of the season and first since March 5 against Montreal.

OVERTIME

1. The Kings' eight-goal outburst against the Oilers was their highest output since April 1, 2010.

2. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog extended his career high Friday by scoring his eighth power-play goal of the season.

3. Los Angeles trails Calgary by one point for third place in the Pacific Division.

PREDICTION: Avalanche 3, Kings 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Colorado 36-30-8-4 W1 20-15-2-1 16-15-6-3 4-1-1-0 32-29-7-4 11-12-3-1
Los Angeles 38-25-7-7 W1 23-9-4-3 15-16-3-4 5-4-1-1 33-21-6-6 13-5-4-3
Last Meeting
Colorado Los Angeles
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/10/15 LA 5 COL 2 23 25 0-3 30 21 1-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Colorado T. Barrie 1
Los Angeles J. Williams 3
Goals Player  
Colorado T. Barrie 1
Los Angeles K. Clifford 2
Assists Player  
Colorado M. Cliche 1
Los Angeles J. Williams 3
Saves Player  
Colorado R. Berra 20
Los Angeles J. Quick 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Colorado M. Duchene 57
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 66
Goals Player  
Colorado J. Iginla 26
Los Angeles J. Carter 31
Assists Player  
Colorado T. Barrie 41
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 50
Saves Player  
Colorado S. Varlamov 1601
Los Angeles J. Quick 1715
Quickchart Matchup
Colorado Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.59 GF
2.43 GA
28.3 Shots
27.2 Shots
35 PP
44 PK
Los Angeles Off vs  Colorado Def
2.69 GF
2.77 GA
30.9 Shots
33.1 Shots
45 PP
36 PK