The Colorado Avalanche has had a rough time away from home this season. Playing at Staples Center may not make things easier.
Colorado looks to improve on the Western Conference's worst road record when it meets the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night for the first time this season.
Though they're tied with Ottawa and Detroit for the league lead with 10 home wins, the Avalanche have just three road victories this season including a 3-2 loss at San Jose on Friday.
Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette scored for Colorado, which has been held to two or fewer goals in eight road games this season. Colorado (13-10-1) has dropped five of its last seven games overall and has been outscored 26-14 in that span.
"We got a couple of timely power-play goals, and we played hard, but we played catch-up all night," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.
Joe Sakic had an assist, giving him two goals and two assists in a modest three-game point streak. He has nine assists in his last seven games against the Kings, and needs only six for 1,000 in his career.
But Los Angeles may be a tough place for the Avalanche to end their road woes as Colorado is 1-3-1 with two ties in its last seven games there. Overall, the Avalanche are 0-2-1 in their last three games against the Kings, who are currently in last place in the Western Conference with just 21 points.
Los Angeles closed out a five-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks on Wednesday. The Kings went 2-3-0 on the road swing with both wins coming against San Jose.
Patrick O'Sullivan and Anze Kopitar followed up their regulation goals with shootout scores for the Kings (10-13-1), who were without Mike Cammalleri and Alexander Frolov, who are tied for second on the team with 20 points.
"It was huge for us to be able to come in here again and get another win against one of the better teams in the conference," said Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, who stopped 35 shots. "It's pretty big, especially since we're missing our best player. The guys stepped up."
Frolov missed his third straight game with a groin injury, which also sidelined Cammalleri - the Kings' leading goal-scorer with 12.
"With Cammy out and (Frolov) not playing, (Kopitar) and myself took it upon ourselves to have the best game we could," O'Sullivan said. "Against a team like this - they're bigger than us - we have to compete at their level, and we definitely did that."
It's not immediately known if the two will be able to play against Colorado. Frolov, who needs two goals for 100 in his career, had four assists and five points versus the Avalanche last season while Cammalleri had two goals and six assists.