A three-game win streak will be broken tonight.
Both the Los Angeles Kings (25-14-6) and the New Jersey Devils (27-12-3) are riding three-game win streaks into Saturday night, and only one will leave with it intact.
Puck drops at 7:30 PM.
The Kings took the optional in optional morning skate very seriously today, with only about half the team participating.
Still, there was news to come out of the skate, namely the starting goalie. After backing up in five straight games, Jonathan Quick will get his first start since the home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers two weeks ago.
It's been a rough season for Quick and an especially rough month and a half. He's lost all of his last six starts and hasn't won a game in 45 days. The Kings will need him to be on tonight as they face a Devils team currently second in the league in goals scored. A bad outing for Quick could turn ugly.
The other lineup change is Viktor Arvidsson returning after missing last game due to illness. Carl Grundstrom took the extra ice time after practice, indicating he'll be a healthy scratch tonight.
Todd McLellan spoke a lot about pregame scouting Saturday morning and not giving the players too much information.
"We'll give them (the players) information," said McLellan. "And I think there can be too much and it can be overwhelming. We do some things well too, so we've got to make sure they know we do things well. But, they have to be prepared, they (the Devils) play a game that's effective for them, and if you're not ready for it, it can bite you. And if you're ready for it, they can still bite you, because they're that good right now. But as far as sharing numbers; entry numbers and track numbers and blocks. You can overcook it, we'll pick something, one or two areas we think we really have to focus on and we'll share that with them."
The Kings have the benefit of watching New Jersey play last night, giving them a very recent sample to work with.
Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Blake Lizotte-Gabriel Vilardi
Brendan Lemieux-Rasmus Kupari-Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler Sean Walker
Expected New Jersey Devils Lines:
Ondrej Palat-Nico Hischier-Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula-Jack Hughes-Tomas Tatar
Nolan Foote-Yegor Sharangovich-Miles Wood
Jesper Boqvist-Michael McLeod-Dawson Mercer
Jonas Siegenthaler-Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves-Damon Severson
Nikita Okhotyuk-Brendan Smith
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 38-156, 24.36%, 8th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 42-156, 73.08%, 28th in NHL
New Jersey Devils Power Play: 27-132, 20.45%, 21st in NHL
New Jersey Devils Penalty Kill: 24-133, 81.95%, 8th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Postgame Notes:
- With Wednesday’s victory vs. San Jose, the Kings swept the regular-season series (3-0-0) against the Sharks for the first time in franchise history.
- Mikey Anderson is one point shy of establishing a new career-high point total. In 45 games this season, Anderson has tallied two goals and nine assists for 11 points.
- The Kings have outshot their opponent in each of their last six games, dating back to Dec. 31 vs. Philadelphia. During that time, the team collectively outshot their opponents 191-156.
- The Kings are 15-1-0 when leading after two periods of play this season.
- Quinton Byfield scored his first goal of the season and third multi-point game (1-1=2) of his career Wednesday night vs. San Jose.
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