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Kings seeking offense against Blues

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 4:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Kings seeking offense against Blues

The Los Angeles Kings have been struggling, but will a visit from the St. Louis Blues provide the remedy?

Winners of one of their past five, the Kings on Monday welcome the Blues to Staples Center, where St. Louis has lost eight consecutive games.

Los Angeles has scored seven goals during its 1-1-3 stretch and comes off a 2-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Ben Scrivens, who continues to lead the NHL with a .944 save percentage and is second with a 1.52 goals-against average, will start.

Jaroslav Halak opposes him for the Blues. Halak was scheduled to get the day off Friday against the San Jose Sharks but ended up playing the final two periods after starter Brian Elliott gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period.

Here are the projected lineups for the Blues and Kings:

BLUES

Alexander Steen - David Backes - TJ Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Vladimir Sobotka - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Tarasenko - Patrik Berglund - Derek Roy

Brenden Morrow - Maxim Lapierre - Adam Cracknell

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Carlo Colaiacovo - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Ian Cole, Magnus Paajarvi

Injured: Jordan Leopold (hand), Ryan Reaves (hand)

KINGS

Dustin BrownAnze Kopitar - Justin Williams

Dwight KingMike RichardsJeff Carter

Kyle CliffordLinden VeyTyler Toffoli

Daniel CarcilloJarret StollJordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez - Willie Mitchell

Ben Scrivens

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tanner Pearson, Colin Fraser

Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Matt Greene (upper body)

Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh