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Streaking Kings visit Sens aiming for 6th straight win

(SportsNetwork.com) - The sizzling Los Angeles Kings will try to push their longest winning streak of the season to six games when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Saturday's matinee battle at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Kings have opened December on a five-game winning streak, which also matches the club's longest stretch of victories from last season. Los Angeles has outscored the opposition by a combined 18-5 margin during its current hot streak.

L.A. last won six straight from March 11-22, 2012, a few months before the Kings earned the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup title.

The two most recent wins came at the start of a four-game road trip, a swing L.A. will complete in Chicago on Sunday when it battles the defending champion Blackhawks in a showdown between the last two Cup winners.

After beginning the trek with an impressive 6-0 win in Montreal on Tuesday, the Kings recorded a 3-1 triumph the following night in Toronto. Jeff Carter notched the go-ahead goal and one assist, with Mike Richards contributing two helpers, as L.A. downed the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

It was the third straight road win for the Kings and their seventh in the past eight away from the Staples Center. L.A. is 11-3-2 on the road this season after beginning 2013-14 with a 4-3-1 mark as the guest.

Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford also lit the lamp for the Kings. Martin Jones had his shutout streak halted at 177 minutes, 16 seconds, but nonetheless moved to 4-0-0 on his young career with a 38-save performance.

Even though Jones was coming off consecutive shutout wins heading into the Toronto game, many people expected former Maple Leafs Ben Scrivens to get the start, especially after Jones played the night before in Montreal.

"I just make sure I'm ready when I am called upon, just try to give these guys a chance to win," Jones said. "We've got a great team here."

It was Scrivens' first trip back to Toronto since L.A. acquired him in the trade that sent former Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Leafs. Bernier was in action for Toronto on Wednesday and the loss after stopping 20 shots.

Jones could get the call again for the Kings on Saturday. He has never faced Ottawa, while Scrivens is 1-2-0 with a 2.01 goals against average in three career outings against the Sens.

Kings center Colin Fraser will miss Saturday's game due to a concussion suffered against the Leafs. Fraser has one assist in 17 games this season.

Ottawa has won two of its last three games and has earned a point in four straight contests, posting a 2-0-2 record during that stretch. The Senators recently split a home-and-home series with Buffalo, losing in a shootout at the Sabres on Tuesday before notching a 2-1 regulation win in Thursday's home portion.

Craig Anderson was the difference for Ottawa in Thursday's win, as he stopped 40-of-41 shots sent his way by the Sabres. The performance matched Anderson's highest save total of the season. He also made 40 saves in a home win over New Jersey on Oct. 17.

"It's always fun and you feel good when you win," said Anderson, "It's a bonus that we were able to do it in a 2-1 fashion."

Bobby Ryan posted a goal and an assist, while Zack Smith had a goal and Kyle Turris added two assists for the Senators.

The back end of the home-and-home set with the Sabres marked the start of a three-game stay for the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa, which will close the homestand Monday against St. Louis, is 6-8-3 as the host this season.

The Kings have dominated Ottawa in recent years, going 10-2-0 with a tie in the past 13 games in this series. The Sens, however, have claimed two of the last three encounters in Canada's capital city.

12/14 09:38:46 ET

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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
 
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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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