If you’re a purist who’s against the shootout, you might not want to watch tonight’s Bruins game at Los Angeles.
While those of us on the East Coast will be hoping for a regulation game that leads to a relatively early night, the Bruins and Kings will most likely be taking the game to the limit. The last four match-ups between the two clubs, including their meeting Nov. 20 at TD Garden, have gone to extra time — the last three to a shootout.
The Kings have won all four of those games, with goaltender Jonathan Quick racking up a perfect 4-0 record against Boston. The UMass product is also 4-0 in shootouts overall this season for the Kings, who have the same shootout record as a team.
It will behoove the Bruins, 1-5 in shootouts this season, to avoid the post-overtime spectacle at all costs in pursuit of two points. The Kings’ perfect record is led not just by Quick’s play but by the sharp shooting of veterans Michal Handzus and Jarret Stoll, who are both 2-for-3 this season. One of Handzus’ goals was the game-winner against Boston.
The Bruins as a team are just 5-for-19 (26 percent) shooting in the shootout, while the Kings are an excellent 8-for-19 (42 percent). So those of us that want some rest back East, and for their best shot to win, the Bruins need to do all they can to close this one out in the first 65 minutes.