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Kings vs Rangers Game 61: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

Rasmus Kupari, in particular, stood out.



The Los Angeles Kings finish their New York swing on Sunday, taking on the New York Rangers in their third game in four days.

Puck drops at 2:00 PM.

There are no expected lineup changes for Sunday's game, including in net, where Jonathan Quick will get his second straight start.

Quick's won three in a row coming into Sunday, and Todd McLellan made it a point on Friday that the team's confidence in Quick is growing.

This also means Trevor Moore is still out with an upper-body injury.

McLellan will be hoping for another solid performance from his fourth line, who rebounded against the New York Islanders after a tough outing against the New Jersey Devils two games ago.

Rasmus Kupari, in particular, stood out. Playing with a pace we don't see often enough from him, he continued his recent run of good performances. 

He's growing into his current role and showing flashes that he can be more. 

The Rangers have been embroiled in plenty of trade talk recently, but nothing has materialized of yet, so the Kings won't have to deal with Patrick Kane Sunday.

The Rangers will also be on the second night of a back-to-back, meaning the Kings should have a slight edge in energy.

Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines:

Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe

Kevin Fiala-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson

Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi

Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Rasmus Kupari-Arthur Kaliyev


Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty

Sean Durzi-Matt Roy 

Alex Edler-Sean Walker


Jonathan Quick

Pheonix Copley

Expected New York Rangers Lines:

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Jimmy Vesey

Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko

Barclay Goodrow-Tyler Motte


Niko Mikkola-Adam Fox

K'Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba 

Ben Harpur-Braden Schneider 


Jaroslav Halak

Igor Shesterkin

Special Teams:

Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 51-199, 25.63%, 3rd in NHL

Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 50-203, 75.37%, 24th in NHL

New York Rangers Power Play: 45-199, 22.65%, 10th in NHL

New York Rangers Penalty Kill: 35-166, 78.92%, 17th in NHL

Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:

  • Anze Kopitar leads all active Kings skaters with 23 points (9-14=23) in 24 career games against the Rangers, including four points (0-4=4) in his last three games.
  • Gabriel Vilardi’s goal Friday night vs. the Islanders stood as his fourth game-winning goal of the season, tied for most on the team with Adrian Kempe.
  • The Kings’ 62 first period goals this season are third-most in the league, trailing Tampa Bay (64) and Toronto (63).
  • Mikey Anderson leads the team in shorthanded time-on-ice, averaging 2:27 minutes per game.
  • The Kings will travel to Winnipeg following tonight’s game to wrap up their five-game road trip and the month of February. The Kings will play 13 times in March with 10 of those games played at Arena.

How to Watch:

TV: Bally Sports West, ESPN+; Radio: iHeartRadio

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