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An ugly loss in Anaheim will surely tell us a lot about what this team brings to the table.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game 8

Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0)

Puck Drop: 10:30 PM EST | Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Kings Blog: Jewels From The Crown

Know Your Opponent

Los Angeles Kings

Record: (2-4-0) | 4 PTS

Last 10: 2-4-0

Division Ranking: 8th in Pacific Division

Conference Ranking: 12th in Western Conference

PP: 27th (9.5%)

PK: 27th (65.0%)

What to Watch

1. Bouncing Back

Buffalo took a 2-0 lead late in the first period, looking to be firmly in the drivers seat. Unfortunately for the Sabres, that would be all their offensive output for the evening.

What proceeded would be ugly, to the tune of five unanswered goals.

A promising start turned into a nightmarish evening in Anaheim.

How Buffalo responds tonight after not only their first regulation loss of the season but an ugly loss will tell a lot about this team’s mettle early on.

2. Power Play Goalfsson

On Tuesday night, rookie Victor Olofsson scored a goal at 16:36 of the first period. If you can believe it, the goal was on the power play.

This power play goal extended Olofsson’s National Hockey League record of scoring his first eight goals on the power play.

Shockingly, Olofsson also leads the NHL with his six power play goals this season.

With Olofsson showing himself as quite the power play specialist shooting from the faceoff dot, one has to wonder how many goals he will amass this season with the man advantage.

3. Not-so Quick Start

Once the apple of the National Hockey League’s eye, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has fallen on some hard times, as the Kings continue to rebuild their franchise from the top down.

Quick, the franchise’s leader in games played and wins, has had a rough start to the 2019-20 season.

With three starts in the book, Quick is 0-3-0 with a 6.44 goals allowed average and a .793 save percentage

At 33 years old, Quick is under contract through the 2022-23 season. A deal that might come back to haunt the Kings if they can’t get Quick right.

Game Prediction

Buffalo Sabres (projected)

Forwards

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Vladimir Sobotka

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues

Defense

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju

Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller

Starting Goaltender (projected): Carter Hutton

Los Angeles Kings (projected)

Forwards

Alex IafalloAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Jeff CarterBlake LizotteTyler Toffoli

Ilya KovalchukMichael AmadioTrevor Lewis

Kyle CliffordAdrian KempeAustin Wagner

Defense

Drew DoughtyBen Hutton

Sean WalkerAlec Martinez

Matt RoyJoakim Ryan

Starting Goaltender (projected): Jonathan Quick