Kings entertain the Senators

08 December 2017 03:34:28 GMTPlus11

The Los Angeles Kings followed up a successful road trip with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on their return to the Staples Center in downtown LA earlier in the week.

Thursday the Pacific Division leaders go in search of a seventh consecutive victory when the Ottawa Senators are the visitors to Southern California.

Marian Gaborik scored twice in Tuesday's victory over the Wild, with Jake Muzzin, Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar also lightning the lamp for the Kings.

In the process LA also increased their Western Conference leading Goal Differential to +27, a figure that trails only the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes follow the Senators into town, before LA hits the road once more to make an East Coast swing as the Kings look to maintain their lead over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Four points back, but with two games in hand, the Knights return to the ice on Friday when they play the Predators at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Vegas was pushed to a shootout earlier in the week by the Anaheim Ducks before prevailing 4-3. Alex Tuch scored the only goal in the shootout as the Knights picked up their second straight.

Meanwhile, Vancouver are third in the Division, just ahead of the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and the Ducks.

The Canucks host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Rogers Arena on Thursday, while the Hurricanes are the visitors to the Shark Tank in San Jose before heading down to LA later in the week.

Vancouver are 8.50 to win the Pacific Division, with the Golden Knights 4.50 and the Kings 2.35.

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