Kings Coach Terry Murray on 'NHL Overtime' talks about Kopitar, Vancouver
Kings Coach Terry Murray was a guest on Versus' "NHL Overtime" on Wednesday night and he talked about the injuries the team has suffered and looked ahead to Thursday night's game in Vancouver.
In the clip above, be forewarned, seeing Anze Kopitar's slow-motion fall to the ice during Saturday's game at Staples Center may make you cringe. On the bright side, the team announced Wednesday that surgery to repair the torn ligaments in Kopitar's right ankle was successful.
Looking at the matchup between the Canucks, who have already clinched the top seeding in the Western Conference, and the Kings, it's almost even in some key areas.
For example, in penalty-kill percentage, the Kings have a 85.9% success rate while the Canucks are at 85.6%. Face-off-win percentage is close too: 50.9% for the Kings and 55.1% for the Canucks. Perhaps best of all, in goals allowed per game they're nearly even: 2.36 for the Kings and 2.22 for the Canucks.
The Kings will need to play superb defense again and try to keep Henrik and Daniel Sedin at bay (the twins have a combined 189 points going into the game).
Click here to listen to the game. (Link goes live at 7 p.m. when the puck is dropped.)
-- Debbie Goffa