After a heavy loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings need a big response Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Puck drops at 7:30 PM.
A key for Saturday will be the start. The Kings were shell shocked early by the Knights and couldn't recover, that can't happen again.
The Kings got some good news at morning skate, with Mikey Anderson returning in a red jersey. He won't play tonight, but it's a good sign he's back on the ice. Still no sign of Gabe Vilardi, Kevin Fiala or Alex Edler.
Todd McLellan confirmed there would be some changes to the lineup Saturday. With Zack MacEwen and Tobias Bjornfot taking extra ice after practice, we'll assume they're out tonight.
That means Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Jordan Spence will likely draw in.
Saturday morning was an optional skate so we didn't get a look at lines. But Quinton Byfield was still in a top-six grey jersey so I'd assume there's no major changes.
Pheonix Copley was first off this morning, indicating he'll likely start.
Projected Los Angeles Kings Lines:
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Arthur Kaliyev
Carl Grundstrom-Rasmus Kupari-Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Vladislav Gavrikov-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Sean Walker-Jordan Spence
Projected Colorado Avalanche Lines:
Evan Rodrigues-Nathan MacKinnon-Mikko Rantanen
Denis Malgin-J.T. Compher-Valeri Nichushkin
Andrew Cogliano-Lars Eller-Logan O'Connor
Ben Meyers-Alex Newhook-Mattew Nieto
Samuel Girard-Devon Towes
Jack Johnson-Bowen Byram
Kurtis MacDermid-Erik Johnson
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 65-258, 25.19%, 3rd in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 55-263, 75.29%, 24th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 60-241, 24.90%, 5th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 49-234, 79.06%, 16th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Pregame Notes:
- Forward Phillip Danault has four goals over his last three games against the Avalanche, including a multi-goal effort (2-0=2) when these two teams last met on March 9 in Denver.
- No Pacific Division team has scored more goals against the Central Division this season than the Kings (75).
- Blake Lizotte’s 1.84 penalties drawn-per-60 minutes ranks fourth in the league among all skaters (min. GP: 70).
- The Kings (5-for-5) are one of five teams to be perfect in coach’s challenges this season: Calgary (7-for-7), Chicago (5-for-5), Philadelphia (5-for-5) and Toronto (6-for-6).
- Only Carolina (41) and Boston (35) have more wins when outshooting their opponents this season than the Kings (34).
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