Two of the more physical teams in the Western Conference will clash Thursday.
The Los Angeles Kings, who have won three of their past 10 games, open a five-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Blues have won five in a row on home ice and enter Thursday two points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the Central Division lead.
"I think every time a team plays us, I think because we have a bigger, physical team, that they try to play the same way and St. Louis has that team that can play that same way," Kings forward Mike Richards told LA Kings Insider on Wednesday. "They have some big guys, some skilled forwards and solid defense."
Here's a closer look at all the action Thursday: