After a frustratingly tight defensive game on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings can expect a more wide open affair Thursday as they take on the high-flying New Jersey Devils.
Puck drops at 4:00 PM.
Tuesday was the Kings' first loss since the All-Star break. And the first game they've failed to score at least five goals since the break.
We saw some line shuffling at the end of Tuesday's game and might see those changes carry over into Thursday.
It appears that the only lineup change for tonight is Tobias Bjornfot drawing in for Alex Edler.
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 New Jersey Devils Lines:
Tomas Tatar-Nico Hischier-Dawson Mercer
Yegor Sharangovich-Jack Hughes-Jesper Bratt
Ondrej Palat-Erik Haula-Jesper Boqvist
Miles Wood-Michael Wood-Fabian Zetterlund
Jonas Siegenthaler-Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves-John Marino
Kevin Bahl-Damon Severson
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 52-196, 26.02%, 2nd in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 49-196, 75.00%, 26th in NHL
New Jersey Devils Power Play: 35-166, 21.08%, 17th in NHL
New Jersey Devils Penalty Kill: 33-175, 81.14%, 13th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Tonight is the first game of the Kings’ ninth set of back-to-backs this season. Prior to this weekend, the team is 9-4-3 in back-tobacks (6-2-0 in the first game, 3-2-3 in the second).
- Defenseman Sean Durzi collected an assist Tuesday night vs. the Wild to extend his point streak to four games (0-4=4). With his helper, Durzi eclipsed the 30-point mark for the first time in his career.
- Viktor Arvidsson and Drew Doughty each lead the team with eight road power-play points on the year.
- The Kings have points in their last three consecutive games against Metro Division opponents (6-0 W vs. PIT on Feb. 11; 5-4 OTL at CAR on Feb. 31; 4-3 OTW at PHI on Feb. 24).
- Mikey Anderson’s plus-9 rating on the road this season tops all Kings skaters
How to Watch:
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