If you wanted some scoring on Thursday night, you picked absolutely the wrong game if you are watching the Los Angeles Kings host the St. Louis Blues. The two teams are through with regulation time at the Staples Center and neither team has managed to put a number on the scoreboard thus far after 60 minutes of play.
A defensive struggle should have been expected given that St. Louis and Los Angeles are two of the premier defensive teams in the NHL, but it would've been hard to predict that each team would have a shutout going after regulation. The Blues are currently No. 1 in the NHL in goals allowed per game while the Kings are No. 2.
Both goaltenders have been impressive so far tonight, as you'd expect in a scoreless tie. The Blues' Brian Elliott is a perfect 34-of-34 on save opportunities while the Kings' Jonathan Quick is 31-of-31 on save chances.
Through two periods of play on Thursday night, we're still looking at a scoreless tie between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Fans were presumably expecting a defensive-oriented game between two of the league's premier defensive teams, and they surely haven't been disappointed so far.
The Blues totally dominated the shots on goal count in the first period, but the Kings came back in the second period with the bit more aggression on the offensive end. After mustering just three shots on goal in the first period, Los Angeles got 17 shots on goal during the second period. None of the shots got past Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, though.
For now, it's looking more and more like the team that scores first will ultimately win this game. Just 20 minutes remaining before regulation ends and we still haven't seen a goal get scored on either of these fantastic defenses, so there's a good chance that this one goes down until the final bell.
The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings are locked up in a defensive battle that hasn't seen either team score a goal yet through the first period of Thursday night's game. The Kings have struggled to even get shots on goal as the Blues, arguably the best defensive team in the NHL, have flexed their muscles on the defensive end of the ice.
While neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first period, the Blues are actually carrying a 13-3 advantage on shots on goal thus far. St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott hasn't had too much trouble yet tonight in his first appearance in a few days, saving the three shots that have came his way.
Both teams had one power play opportunity apiece in the first period, but neither could capitalize on the man advantage.