After the 1st period:
Kings 0, Calgary Flames 0
The good: Well, it’s the end of the first period here at Staples Center so it must be scoreless. In fact, it’s the 24th time in 59 games this season the Kings have played a scoreless opening period against their opponent. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is once again doing all he can to keep his team from falling behind, saving 10 shots in the first 20 minutes. The Kings were the best team on the ice the first 15, but the Flames were able to generate some good scoring chances down the stretch. His best save came with 1:40 remaining on a point-blank shot from the slot from Paul Byron, who was in the right place for a rebound. The crossbar also came through for the Kings in the final minute, as Krys Kolanos hit the iron on a wrister from 14 feet. Dwight King has two of the nine shots on goal for the Kings, a good start for the rookie forward. Dustin Brown also has two SOGs for the Kings. L.A. killed a power play in the opening period, its 23rd kill in the last 24.
The bad: The Coyotes beat Dallas in overtime a short while ago, meaning the Kings will remain in eighth place if they win tonight, or drop to ninth with a regulation loss.
The in between: Welcome back Dustin Penner. After being designated as a healthy scratch the last three games, the team’s fourth-highest paid player gets another whack at joining the lineup. According to reports from the morning skate, Penner is only getting a second-chance because enforcer Kevin Westgarth has a sore hand, which likely occurred during one of four fights by the Kings during Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Coyotes. Penner has one shot on goal, one that was off target and a giveaway.