In night two of a back-to-back, the Los Angeles Kings take on the Arizona Coyotes.
Puck drops at 7:30 PM.
A rebuilding team who most people expect to be in the Connor Bedard sweepstakes, the Kings cannot take this Coyotes team lightly. They've registered a point in seven straight games and a riding a two game win streak.
They'll be without defensemen Jakob Chychrun, who's still a healthy scratch for "trade related reasons."
After being ejected in Anaheim Friday, Todd McLellan confirmed that goaltender Pheonix Copley will be available Saturday.
McLellan also confirmed that Tobias Bjornfot would draw in for Alex Edler, not a huge surprise given that Edler has sat one game in back-to-back scenarios recently.
There's also a possible change up front, with Jaret Anderson-Dolan potentially returning, but no confirmation of a change at this time.
The Kings can make it four straight wins and Adrian Kempe will by hoping to stretch his goal streak to five straight.
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Blake Lizotte-Alex Iafallo
Gabe Vilardi -Rasmus Kupari-Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Tobias Bjornfot-Sean Walker
Expected Arizona Coyotes Lines:
Clayton Keller-Barrett Hayton-Nick Schmaltz
Matias Maccelli-Nick Bjugstad-Lawson Crouse
Nick Ritchie-Travis Boyd-Christian Fischer
Liam O'Brien-Jack McBain-Zach Kassian
Juuso Valimaki-Troy Stecher
Patrik Nemeth-J.J. Moser
Josh Brown-Victor Soderstrom
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 50 for 191, 26.18%, 2th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 48 for 190, 74.74%, 26th in NHL
Arizona Coyotes Power Play: 32-167, 19.16%, 25th in NHL
Arizona Coyotes Penalty Kill: 59-207, 76.33%, 23rd in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Tonight is the second game of the Kings’ eighth set of back-to-backs this season. Prior to this weekend, the team is 7-4-3 in back-tobacks (5-2-0 in the first game, 2-2-3 in the second).
- Blake Lizotte registered his 25th and 26th points (8-16=26) of the year last night to establish a new single-season career high for points and assists (18) in a season.
- The Kings skate into Crypto.com Arena tonight with points in each of their last seven games against Arizona, dating back to May 3, 2021 (5-0-2). During that time, the Kings have outscored the Coyotes, 22-15.
- Viktor Arvidsson tallied his second multi-goal game (2-0=2) of the season last night for five points (3-2=5) in his last two games.
- The Kings 6-3 victory over Anaheim last night marked their fifth straight win against the Ducks (5-0-0) dating to Feb. 25, 2022. Per NHL PR, the Kings current five-game streak matches their longest head-to-head regular-season winning streak against Anaheim (5-0- 0, Jan. 8, 2009 – Feb. 4, 2010).
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