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Sunday, November 17th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (13-6-1) at New York Rangers (10-9-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Thanks to Ben Scrivens, the Los Angeles Kings have managed to extend their point streak despite losing the services of No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick.

Scrivens will likely be called upon on Sunday night in an attempt to lead the Kings to a third straight victory when they visit the New York Rangers.

Quick suffered a Grade 2 groin strain late in Tuesday's shootout loss in Buffalo and could miss up to six weeks of action. In has stepped Scrivens, who stopped 23-of-25 shots faced in a triumph over the New York Islanders on Thursday before he notched a 26-save shutout the following night in a 2-0 decision over the New Jersey Devils.

Scrivens picked up his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. Acquired as part of the trade that sent former Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Toronto, the 27-year-old is 3-1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average in seven games this season, including four starts.

Dwight King had the deciding goal with just under seven minutes remaining in Friday's win, tipping a low shot by Jake Muzzin into the net.

"Dwight King plays a lot for our team," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. "He's a guy that can always go and stabilize the game for you."

Justin Williams also picked up an assist on the goal and Anze Kopitar added an empty-net tally as Los Angeles moved to 4-0-1 in its last five games. It wraps a four-game homestand tonight.

The Rangers finish up their set of back-to-back games tonight after snapping an eight-game slide in Montreal with a 1-0 triumph over the Canadiens on Saturday. Backup Cam Talbot made 22 saves for his first career shutout, with the rookie moving to 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA over his first five NHL starts.

Ryan Callahan's power-play goal in the second period gave New York its seventh victory in nine games. He deflected Brad Richards' shot on net for his sixth goal of the season.

"That's what we wanted to do, especially with back-to-back games," said Richards. "We tried to keep the pucks down, and below the goal line, trying not to turn them over while using our speed. We did a pretty good job overall."

New York now has a point in 99 straight regular-season games when leading after the second period, going 93-0-6 in that span.

Richards scored twice in the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Kings in Los Angeles on Oct. 7. It was New York's fourth victory in the past six meetings overall.

The Rangers have not hosted the Kings since Feb. 17, 2011 and have won two straight as the home team in this series. Los Angeles has just three wins and a tie in its last 15 trips to Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the first meeting this season and is expected to start tonight. He is 3-3-1 with a 2.67 GAA lifetime against the Kings.

Scrivens has never faced the Rangers, with Quick having started the Oct. 7 loss.

11/17 10:40:37 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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