The Devils (9-4-3) look to bounce back from their loss against Anaheim on Thursday as they take on the Kings (8-9-1) this afternoon at Staples Center. Here's what you need to know.
1) The West is known as a big, heavy conference that likes to play the body and the Devils experienced that in their last game when the Ducks earned 43 hits to the Devils' 24. Anaheim is second in the league - averaging 27 per game - when it comes to hits. The Kings are first with an average of 31 per game. The Devils are 24th in the league with an average just shy of 20.
2) Head coach John Hynes was reluctant to confirm any lineup changes, but look for Keith Kinkaid to get the start today. He recorded the first shutout of his NHL career against Los Angeles in February with 28 saves and was 2-0-0 vs. the Kings last season. Hynes said at the start of this trip that Kinkaid would get a start and this one seems like a perfect fit.
3) New Jersey is looking to start a new winning streak and get their road record (3-4-2) back above .500, and if recent history is any indication, this game could be the one to make it happen. The Devils are 4-2-0 vs. LA since the 2013-14 season, including 3-0-0 at Staples Center.
You can watch today's game on MSG+ or listen to it on WFAN or The One Jersey Network, available on the Devils app or iHeartRadio. Puck drops at 4 p.m.