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Blue Jackets – Kings (3/8/2010)

On Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will pay a visit to Los Angeles to take on the Kings. Columbus has lost two straight games since the break; at home to Vancouver and most recently at San Jose. The Blue Jackets are 25-29-11 overall, and remain in last place in the Central Division. Columbus has struggled on the road; winning just 10 of 33 overall. The Blue Jackets are 19-24-9 against teams from within the Western Conference.

Los Angeles is currently tied for fifth place in the Western Conference. If the postseason started today, the Kings would play their first round series in Phoenix. Los Angeles is 38-22-4 overall; for 80 total points. The Kings are coming off two straight losses; at Nashville and with Montreal. Immediately following the break, Los Angeles took a 5-1 decision over the Dallas Stars. Los Angeles plays in the Pacific Division, where they trail the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes. Anze Kopitar leads the team in points; as he has scored 29 goals and added 37 assists. Goaltender Johnathan Quick has recorded a 36-18-3 record with a 2.51 GAA on the season.

These two teams played back in October with the Blue Jackets coming away with a 4-1 win. The game was the third of three straight losses for the Kings, who started the season 4-4. The Kings got revenge on January 28th with a 4-1 win of their own. That win for Los Angeles was the fourth of nine straight. This will be the final time the Kings and Blue Jackets play during the 2009 – 2010 season.

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