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When the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-2 on Jan 9, 2014, it not only was their second win in three games, but lifted their record against Eastern conference teams, to an impressive 13-2-2 for the season.

It was goaltender Jonathan Quick's third game back after having been out since Nov, 2013 due to a groin injury. Quick has looked like his old self in every game since his return, and the team has played with a nice rhythm.

Since Quick returned to action on Jan 4, his team have outshot opponents by a considerable margin in each game. They outshot Vancouver 49-28, Minnesota 40-17, and Boston 35-22.

The only loss was to Minnesota, when minor league goalie Darcy Kuemper played the game of his life. It went to a shootout, and his team won 2-1.

Sat Jan 11, the Kings will face a very familiar Eastern conference foe, as the Detroit Red Wings will visit Staples center. Game time is 7:30.

This current five game homestand will wrap up on Monday night against Vancouver.

January 2014 will be a particularly tough month. After this homestand, they will have games against St. Louis, Detroit, Boston, Anaheim (twice), San Jose, Columbus, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh to close out the first month of this new year.

On what will undoubtedly be a bumpy road at times, Quick will make a great shock absorber.

Since his return, Quick is now 2-0-1, with a goals against avg of 1.30, and a .940 save percentage.

Kings forward line combinations vs Boston on Jan 9:

Kopitar/Carter/King

Richards/Toffoli/Frattin

Stoll/Brown/Williams

Fraser/Lewis/Clifford

Defense pairings:

Doughty/Muzzin

Regehr/Martinez

Mitchell/Voynov

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