Unlike Team Canada, the United States’ preliminary roster for the for the 2015 World Hockey Championships doesn’t feature star power up front, but the team’s defense is shaping up nicely.
Jake Gardiner, Justin Faulk, and Torey Krug were among the 15 players on USA Hockey’s initial list. The American squad will also contain a fair amount of NCAA talent, including Hobey Baker finalist Mike Reilly. Meanwhile, Mark Arcobello will play for his fifth team since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Here is Team USA’s roster so far:
Goal: Alex Lyon
Defense: Faulk, Gardiner, Krug, John Moore, Connor Murphy, Reilly
Forwards: Arcobello, Matt Hendricks, Dylan Larkin, Trevor Lewis, Jeremy Morin, Steve Moses, Dan Sexton, Ben Smith
Every single Kings forward recorded at least a point with the lone exception of Nick Shore. Every Los Angeles player had a plus-one rating or better aside from Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, and Jarret Stoll. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Anton Lander were the only Oilers players to finish the contest with a plus/minus rating that wasn’t minus-one or lower.
Ben Scrivens got the start for Edmonton, turning aside 16 of 21 shots before being taken out of the contest. Already down 5-1 through 40 minutes, 23-year-old goaltender Tyler Bunz, who has played in just eight career AHL games, was asked to make his NHL debut against the defending Stanley Cup champions on a night where they were both hungry and clicking.
That went about as well as expected.
The idle Winnipeg Jets dropped their last two games and thanks to that the Kings’ victory tonight was enough for them to jump into the second Wild Card spot. Both squads have 90 points in 77 games, but Los Angeles has a comfortable lead in the tiebreaker ROW.
Winnipeg will have to wait until Saturday’s game against Vancouver for its chance to respond.
Jordan Eberle: "That was embarrassing. They treated us like a junior team."
The Los Angeles Kings have tweaked their lines ahead of tonight’s contest versus the Coyotes, with hopes of getting some goals from a few more of their forwards.
“We’ve got guys who haven’t scored in 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 games, whatever it is, and some of them have had zero scoring opportunities for the last five as individuals,” coach Darryl Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider.
Sutter didn’t name names, but winger Dustin Brown has gone without a goal in his last 11 games, while winger Dwight King has gone goalless in 13.
This morning, Brown was skating on the first line with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar, while King was on the third line with Nick Shore and Justin Williams. The second line had Trevor Lewis, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli, with Kyle Clifford, Andy Andreoff, and Jordan Nolan comprising the fourth.
Just when it was starting to look like the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings wouldn’t even make the playoffs, they’ve managed to breathe new life into their season. Los Angeles earned a 3-1 victory over Washington tonight to walk away with their fourth straight win.
That’s the Kings’ longest winning streak since they claimed six games consecutively from Oct. 12-26. It also comes at a critical time as Minnesota has been red hot while Winnipeg has rebounded and Calgary continues to hold its own. Those three squads are among the Kings’ chief rivals in the Wild Card race and they would have given up two points worth of ground to all three of them tonight if the Kings didn’t beat Washington.
Los Angeles has goaltender Jonathan Quick to thank for Saturday’s outcome as he turned aside 27 of 28 shots. The Kings also got offensive contributions from rare sources as Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, and Jarret Stoll each found the back of the net.
Washington fell to 1-1-0 in its challenging four-game road trip. It will continue with a game against Anaheim on Sunday and then a contest in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Niskanen: "They played like that game really, really meant something, and we weren't at that level."