After a quick trip up north to San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings are back at Crypto.com Arena. Where they'll kick off a four-game homestand against the Ottawa Senators.
Puck drops at 7:30.
Despite a summer of big additions, the Senators have started the season slow, sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic division. Still, they have a good roster the Kings have to respect. Finishing has been a big issue for Ottawa with the team scoring -9.3 goals scored above expected.
Another Tkachuk with a bad history in LA comes to town. Brady Tkachuk returns to Los Angeles and faces the Kings for the first time since he was bit by Brendan Lemieux last season. Unfortunately, Lemieux is out injured right now, so we won't see the square off again tonight.
The Kings will need to build off their win in San Jose Friday. As inconsistency has plagued their season and they've been unable to replicate good performances.
"Consistency," said Todd McLellan of what he needs to see from his team. "Can we establish our game, how long does it take for us to establish our game? And then can we maintain our game? A lot of things go into that. The game in San Jose, I thought we had a good game there because we really felt good about playing all four lines. We weren't hemmed in by any one line. It didn't rise and then fall and rise and fall. It was pretty even-keeled, so that's part of building on our win. And we want to see that consistently night after night."
The fourth line of Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Rasmus Kupari-Arthur Kaliyev was a big highlight against San Jose. They scored twice and controlled most of the possession and chances while on the ice.
"Kupari's line was excellent," said McLellan. "I said after the game, I thought that was their best game. Obviously, they haven't been together all year, but when they are together or as pieces coming together, that was their best game of the season. I felt really good about their game, they did a lot of necessary things to have success. Blocking shots, there was physicality on the forecheck, won stick battles two sticks over top of the puck. Getting body positioning, they won those. Got on the score sheet. All of the things you need to have a good night, they did."
The Kings will be looking for another solid performance from their fourth line. Being able to truly roll four lines gives them a huge advantage, especially if their top line continues to produce with Kevin Fiala back with Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe.
After a solid performance in San Jose, Jonathan Quick gets the start in net, while Cam Talbot starts for Ottawa. Ottawa holds the advantage in net, with Talbot posting better stats in nearly every category.
Expected LA Kings Lines:
Kevin Fiala-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Carl Grundstrom-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Rasmus Kupari-Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Expected Ottawa Senators Lines, Per PuckPedia.com:
Brady Tkachuk-Tim Stutzle-Claude Giroux
Alex DeBrincat-Shane Pinto-Drake Batherson
Tyler Motte-Derick Brassard-Mathieu Joseph
Parker Kelley-Mark Kastelic-Austin Watson
Thomas Chabot-Artem Zub
Jake Sanderson-Travis Hamonic
Erik Brannstrom-Nick Holden
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 17-83, 20.48%, 19th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 19-77, 75.32%, 23rd in NHL
Ottawa Senators Power Play: 18-75, 24%, 9th in NHL
Ottawa Senators Penalty Kill: 17-81, 79.01%, 16th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pre-Game Notes:
- 1) The LA Kings hosted the Senators exactly one year from this date on Nov. 27, 2021. The Kings prevailed, 4-2.
- The LA Kings (5-0-0) are one three teams to be undefeated against the Atlantic Division so far this season (Vegas, 6-0-0; Seattle, 1- 0-0).
- Viktor Arvidsson, Kevin Fiala and Arthur Kaliyev are all tied with six power-play points, the most on the team.
- Since the 2018-19 season, no defenseman has scored more power-play goals at home than Drew Doughty (12).
- The Moore-Danault-Arvidsson line has 233 shot attempts for on the season, ranking third-most among all forward line
How to Watch:
TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN+; Radio: iHeartRadio