Looking to make it 3-0 so far on the road trip, the Kings made sure to set the tone. Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar would knock in goals just 18 seconds from each other to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead after the 1st period of play. The goals would keep on coming, as the 2nd period saw two more scores from Arthur Kaliyev (power play) and Trevor Moore. Heading to the third and final period up 4-0, Blake Lizotte would add one more goal for good measure in the frame to help the Kings come away with a shutout victory. The team is now 6-0-0 on the road to start the season and will have one more game on their current road trip to keep the undefeated streak going.
Here are three takeaways from the win:
Cam Talbot delivers first shutout of the season
While the rest of the Kings made sure to take care of things on the offensive side, goalie Cam Talbot was locked in defending the net. Throughout three periods of play, he would stop all 24 Philadelphia shots at the net and keep them scoreless all night long. For the first time this season, the Kings were able to hold an opponent scoreless, and it came via a brilliant performance from Talbot for his 29th career shutout.
The 36-year-old came over from the Senators after last season and has a save percentage of .923 so far this season. If he keeps up the pace, that mark would be good for the third-best of his career, and the best percentage since his second-ever season back with the Rangers in 2014-2015. His performance against the Flyers was a key component to the win, and he will look to keep his momentum rolling going forward.
Kempe, Kopitar get things off to a hot start
As the first few minutes of the game went by without a score in Philadelphia, the Kings got things rolling with a pair of goals that came quite closely to each other. First, it was Adrian Kempe who put his 4th goal of the year into the net to put Los Angeles up 1-0. Then, not even 20 seconds later, Anze Kopitar would knock in his 6th of the season to make it 2-0 in the blink of an eye.
With Kopitar’s goal, he crept even closer to number 400 in his career. Now standing at 399, everyone will be anticipating the squad’s next couple of games to wait and see if the captain gets it done to reach another impressive milestone. Kempe and Kopitar have both been quite active for the Kings so far this season, and their sharp play has been one of the main reasons for the team’s hot start to 2023.
Kings score 5 against their ex-goalie
After spending the first 5 seasons of his career with the Kings, goalie Cal Petersen was traded to the Flyers during this past offseason. It came as part of a three-team deal with the Colombus Blue Jackets, as Los Angeles saw themselves receiving two minor-league players in return. Saturday night’s game saw Petersen making his first appearance this season, and it came against his former team. Petersen was able to save 25/30 shots in the contest, but it wasn’t enough to help his team get the job done. The Kings were able to prove effective enough against their ex-teammate as they strolled to a shutout win that would bring them to 7-2-2 on the season and give them another 2 points. After having just 10 appearances last year with the Kings, it will be interesting to see how Philadelphia chooses to utilize Petersen going forward. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, his former team got the best of him and he will have to wait for his next opportunity against the Kings to seek out revenge.
Los Angeles will wrap up their 4-game road trip on Wednesday in Las Vegas as they take on the Golden Knights, who defeated them in a penalty shootout during the team’s previous battle this season on October 28. With a win, the Kings will go to 7-0-0 on the road and potentially have a chance to be the first team all year to hand Las Vegas a loss.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PT.