Kings at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 2-1-0, 4 points; Kings 0-3-0, 0 pts.
About the Kings: This will be the Kings’ third road game in what has been another rugged start to the season. Los Angeles has increased its goal-scoring each game (1, 2, 3) but gave up twice as many goals in every start. Three Kings shots caromed off the post in the first period of Tuesday’s 6-3 loss at Minnesota, then they came up empty in a 49-second stretch with a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. Shortly after, goalie Jeff Zatkoff yielded three consecutive goals in 4 1/2 minutes, erasing a tie at 1 that began with a Kings goal less than a minute into the game. Zatkoff is now 0-3 with a ghastly .839 save percentage since replacing standout Jonathan Quick, who left 20 minutes into the season opener with a groin injury that could require surgery. One note of hope for the Kings, they were also 0-3 with 12 goals allowed last season before going on a seven-game win streak and finishing second in the Pacific Division.
About the Stars: This is the first of three consecutive home games for the Stars, who won 17 of their first 21 in Dallas last season. Goalie Kari Lehtonen made the most of his first start in net, stopping 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 win Thursday at Nashville. Right wing Adam Cracknell and center Jason Spezza had goals against the Predators. It was the second of the season for Cracknell, who is finding a home with his fifth team in the last four seasons. Spezza scored his first point of the season but he has always fared well against Nashville, notching 11 goals and 10 assists in 19 career games.