Despite dealing with significant injuries, the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche have managed to keep things together.
Both hope that trend carries over to Saturday night's meeting in Los Angeles, with the Kings still missing their top goalie and Colorado still sans its leading scorer.
The Kings (15-6-2), in the midst of a 6-0-2 stretch, have continued to play well despite being without Jonathan Quick for the last five contests due a strained groin. Ben Scrivens has posted a 1.19 goals-against average in those games.
However, the offense faltered in Thursday's 2-1 home defeat in overtime to New Jersey. Los Angeles lost for just the second time in eight home games despite claiming a 35-15 shot differential.
The Kings went scoreless on their first 30 shots against Cory Schneider until Justin Williams netted the tying goal at the 6:57 mark of the third period. New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr beat Scrivens for the winner 2:30 into overtime.
"I'm happy with the effort, but not the result," Scrivens said. "We generated our fair share of chances, but we ran into a hot goalie. Schneider played a great one tonight."
Los Angeles has won six of its last eight home meetings with Colorado, though Saturday would mark Scrivens' first career start against the Avalanche should he get the nod.
Colorado (16-5-0) has played well on the road, improving to 7-2-0 with a 4-3 overtime win in Phoenix on Thursday.
The Avalanche have won two straight games with leading scorer Matt Duchene (20 points) sidelined by an oblique injury. He won't return until Wednesday's contest versus St. Louis at the earliest.
Alex Tanguay, who has nine points, has missed eight games with a knee injury and remains out indefinitely.
Ryan O'Reilly has helped anchor the offense in spite of those absences, scoring the winner Thursday with 41 seconds left. He has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak.
Colorado held a 2-0 edge in the second period but surrendered three goals in the final 23 minutes. The Avalanche forced overtime after Cody McLeod's goal with 3:14 left in regulation.
"That's (fighting back) what good teams do and what we have to learn," left wing Gabriel Landeskog said. "It's just about finding ways to win and that's what we did."
The penalty kill is suddenly a concern, however, with Colorado allowing five power-play goals on 13 chances over its last four games. Avalanche opponents had been 6 for 53 on the power play through the first 17 contests.
Los Angeles has six goals on 26 power plays over its last six home games.
Paul Stastny, who has seven points in his last eight games, has three goals and three assists in his last five against Los Angeles.
Kings center Mike Richards has just one point in his last five contests but has tallied 12 with a plus-4 rating over his last 11 versus Colorado.
These teams have been among the league's best in the early portion of games, with the Avalanche owning a plus-11 goal margin in the first period and Los Angeles at plus-nine.
Colorado had won five straight meetings before dropping the final two last season.