Here are a few important statistical milestones that can be reached in today's game:
-If Quick plays and the Kings win, Quick will be credited with his 40th win of the season
-If Alex Frolov scores a goal, he will have 20 goals on the season. It will be his 6th season in a row with at least 20 goals.
-If Frolov scores a goal, the Kings will have 5 20-goal scorers. The last time the Kings had that many players with at least 20 goals? 1993-94. The players were Luc Robitaille, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Mike Donnelly, and Rob Blake. One of those people doesn't belong.
-If Anze Kopitar gets 1 point, he'll end the season with a point per game average of 1.
-If Drew Doughty gets 1 point, he'll end the season 3rd in scoring behind Mike Green and Duncan Keith.
-Raitis Ivanans has played in 60 games and has yet to record a point. He has less points than Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier, Marty Turco, Martin Brodeur, Jeff Deslauriers, Craig Anderson, Cam Ward, Tuuka Rask, Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson, Jonas Hiller, Steve Mason, Alex Auld, Manny Legace, etc. etc. etc. I'm not positive but that has to be the most games played by a King without recording a point.
-Brad Richardson can tie his career high in goals with a hat trick.
-If Wayne Simmonds gets 1 point, he'll have a point per game average of .5, all done without a single point on the power play.
-Players who have set career highs this season:
- Kopitar (goals and points)
- Simmonds (goals and points)
- Doughty (goals and points)
- Johnson (goals and points)
- Scott Parse (goals and points)
- Brad Richardson (points)
-If the Kings win today, they can tie the team record for wins; the previous record was set in 1990-91.
Handzus is off today because he's old and already got his 20th goal of the season yesterday. I imagine they'll move Richardson up between Frolov and Handzus, slide Halpern over to center and let either Ivanans or Clune play. Matt Duchene will likely be out today after taking a hit from Zack Stortini of Edmonton. Keep your fingers crossed that Peter Budaj is playing today.
Also, keep an eye on the Chicago-Detroit game; if Detroit wins, the Kings are in either 6th or 7th. If Chicago wins and the Kings win too, they're in 5th. Read more from Quisp here.