On the back of four straight wins, the Los Angeles Kings hit the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.
Puck drops at 6:00 PM.
This is the lone road game that splits up a run of 10 out of 11 games at home.
It's also their most difficult game on paper. The Avalanche are making a late push to surge up the standings and have won 7 of their last 10.
There's been no confirmation of any injury, but after not practicing Wednesday, it's unlikely Sean Durzi plays in Colorado.
The Kings called up Jordan Spence on Wednesday, but there's no guarantee he gets into a game. One of Spence or Sean Walker will draw in next to Alex Edler though.
This also means the Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy pairing will stay together. This will be their most difficult test yet, but they've been great together through two games.
I'd expected Todd McLellan to continue the goalie rotation, making Joonas Korpisalo is the likely starter tonight.
It's possible Arthur Kaliyev comes back into the lineup to replace Zach MacEwen, but practice Wednesday indicated no changes on the fourth line.
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Kevin Fiala-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Carl Grundstrom-Rasmus Kupari-Zack MacEwen
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker/Jordan Spence
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines, Per CHN:
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Valeri Nichushkin
Matt Nieto – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Lars Eller – Logan O’Connor
Evan Rodrigues – Alex Newhook – Denis Malgin
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Bowen Byram
Jack Johnson – Brad Hunt
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 54-219, 24.66%, 5th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 53-221, 76.02%, 23rd in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 45-197, 22.84%, 9th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 41-193, 78.76%, 18th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- The Kings’ four road shootout wins leads all teams this season.
- Mikey Anderson registered his third goal of the season on Monday night, setting a new single season career-high.
- No team has more one-goal game victories this season than the Kings (20).
- Zack MacEwen made his LA Kings debut on March 6 vs. Washington and recorded one blocked shot, two hits and one takeaway in 5:52 minutes of time-on-ice.
- Only Colorado’s Cale Makar (26:42) averages more time-on-ice per game among all skaters than Drew Doughty (26:21).
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