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KINGS (21-7-4) at SENATORS (13-14-6)
TV: NHLN-US, FS-W, SNET-E, TVA
Last 10: Los Angeles 6-1-3; Ottawa 4-4-2
Season series: This is the final game between the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. On Oct. 9, the Kings blew a 3-0 lead but Jeff Carter scored 28 seconds into overtime to give L.A. a 4-3 win. Dustin Brown had two goals.
Big story: Los Angeles looks for its first six-game winning streak since the 2011-12 season. The Kings have given up five goals in five games and rank first in goals against, giving up fewer than two per game (1.9). The Senators are trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 7 and 9.
Kings: It doesn't matter who the Kings use in net, the results have been the same. Ben Scrivens (7-2-4, 1.56 goals against average, .943 save percentage) has done a fine job in the absence of Jonathan Quick (groin), but Martin Jones, who has started the past four games, has been outstanding, Jones has four wins and two shutouts and has allowed a total of three goals. He made 38 saves in the Kings' 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Coach Darryl Sutter wasn't saying whether Scrivens or Jones would get the call in Ottawa. The Kings fly out right after the game for a visit to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday,
“We have six games in a short period of time here, so we need both goalies, not just one,” Sutter said following practice on Friday.
Scrivens, the NHL leader with a .943 save percentage, hasn't played since Dec. 2 and is eager to get back in the net.
“You’ve just got to stay ready," he said Friday. "You’re going to get chances to play whenever it comes. You’ve just got to be ready, and that’s coaching decisions. Out of your control.”
The game marked the NHL debut of 2012 first-round pick Cody Ceci, who stepped in when defenseman Mark Methot came down with an illness and acquitted himself well in his NHL debut. With Methot a game-time decision for Saturday, Jared Cowen serving the second of a two-game suspension and Chris Phillips having taken a shot off his foot during practice on Friday, Ceci could get a second chance to play.
“I thought Cody, for his first game in the NHL, had a very good game,” coach Paul MacLean told the media after practice, adding that he would have "no hesitation" using Ceci against the Kings.
Who's hot: Kings forward Mike Richards has seven assists in five games. Forward Tyler Toffoli has four goals and two assists in five games. … Senators forward Clark MacArthur has three goals in two games.
Injury report: Kings defenseman Colin Fraser (concussion protocol) won't play after being injured in Toronto. Quick is skating and hopes to be back around Christmas. … Methot (illness) did not practice Friday.
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