The Los Angeles Kings are red hot coming off a 4-0 homestand. Tonight they kick off a four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames, where they'll aim to extend their win streak to five games.
The Flames (6-6-1) have won just one of their last eight games. Tonight sees the return of star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who's missed the last three games. Jakub Markstrom gets the nod in net. Markstrom is 8-0-2 in his last 10 against the LA Kings.
Jonathan Quick returns in net for the Kings, after a stellar week from the 36-year-old. Quick stopped 52 of 53 shots he faced last week, blanking the Minnesota Wild and allowing just one against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Kings will be without forward Brendan Lemieux, who left Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings with an apparent leg injury. There's been no confirmation of the injury, but Todd McLellan said Lemieux would be out "for a little while." Jaret Anderson-Dolan will replace Lemieux in the lineup tonight.
"Every time throughout his career that he's been called upon to return to the lineup, he’s given us some really good games," said McLellan of Anderson-Dolan. "We expect that from him tonight.”
The Kings will try and carry over their power play success from Saturday's game into tonight. Scoring two on the power play against Detroit, and adding another right as time expired on a power play. They have a new look top-unit that brought immediate success and we'll see if they go back to it tonight.
Expected LA Kings Lines:
Adrian Kempe-Anze Kopitar-Gabe Vilardi
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Rasmus Kupari-Carl Grundstrom
Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Blake Lizotte-Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Expected Calgary Flames Lines Per Pat Steinberg:
Adam Ruzicka-Elia Lindholm-Tyler Toffoli
Milan Lucic-Nazem Kadri-Andrew Mangiapane
Jonathan Huberdeau-Mikael Backlund-Trevor Lewis
Blake Coleman-Dillon Dube-Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin-Rasmus Andersson
Mackenzie Weegar-Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov-Nick Desimone
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 14-72, 18.75%, 20th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 16-65, 75.38%, 25th in NHL
Calgary Flames Power Play: 9-48, 18.75%, 23rd in NHL
Calgary Flames Penalty Kill: 10-58, 82.76%, 7th in NHL
- No skater in the league has drawn more penalties than Gabe Vilardi (12).
- The Kings enter tonight’s game with the league’s third-highest special team differential overall at +20:00.
- With four more goals, Adrian Kempe can become the 11th player from the 2014 NHL Draft to eclipse 100 career goals while five more points will
make him the 14th from his draft to reach 200 career points.
How to Watch:
TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN + // Radio: iHeartRadio