After three straight losses, the Los Angeles Kings are in desperate need of a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM.
Against the Nashville Predators Saturday, the Kings played a back-and-forth game that they eventually dropped in a third-period collapse.
The plan was for Pheonix Copley to start in Nashville and Jonathan Quick to start in Chicago, however, Copley's performance in Nashville threw a wrench in that plan. He was pulled 39 seconds into the game, giving Quick almost a full game Saturday. So, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in net.
With no morning practice, we won't know of any lineup changes until closer to puck drop. One possibility is Illinois native Alex Turcotte making his season debut against his hometown team.
It's been a tough career so far for Turcotte, who earned his call-up after a stretch of six points in five games with the Ontario Reign. He's been in the press box for two-straight games and tonight might be the night for him to get into the lineup.
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala -Blake Lizotte-Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Brendan Lemieux-Rasmus Kupari-Samuel Fagemo/Alex Turcotte
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Expected Chicago Blackhawks Lines Per Puckpedia.com:
Tyler Johnson-Max Domi-Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev-Jonathan Toews-Taylor Raddysh
Jason Dickinson-Sam Lafferty-Andreas Athanasiou
Colin Blackwell-Mackenzie Entwistle-Reese Johnson
Jake McCabe-Seth Jones
Jack Johnson-Connor Murhpy
Isaak Phillips-Caleb Jones
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 41-168, 24.40, 10th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 44-164, 73.17%, 29th in NHL
Chicago Blackhawks Power Play: 26-130, 26.00%, 24th in NHL
Chicago Blackhawks Penalty Kill: 34-135, 74.81%, 24th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Tonight marks the second game of the Kings’ sixth set of back-to-backs this season. Prior to this weekend, the team is 5-2-3 in backto-backs (4-1-0 in the first game, 1-1-3 in the second).
- Mikey Anderson is one point shy of establishing a new career-high point total. In 46 games this season, Anderson has tallied two goals and nine assists for 11 points.
- Alex Edler’s 30 points (6-24=30) against the Blackhawks are tied for fifth-most among active defensemen.
- Drew Doughty (29) needs one game-winning goal to surpass Rob Blake for sole possession of seventh place on the Kings’ all-time list.
- With a win in regulation tonight, the Kings (79) can become the eighth team in the league with at least 80 regulation wins over the Chicago Blackhawks all-time, joining Detroit (355), Montreal (294), Toronto (655), Boston (264), NY Rangers (236), St. Louis (123) and Dallas (109).
How to Watch:
TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN+; Radio: iHeartRadio