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In Ottawa, Kings look to rebound against Senators

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


EASTERN CANADA: Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Senators this season, Ottawa will pay a visit to STAPLES Center on January 16 to complete the season series. The Senators have returned to Ottawa for a one-game stint on home ice from a four-game road trip where they posted a 1-3-0 mark, they’re coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. The Kings are playing the fourth of a six-game road trip, where they’ve gone 2-0-1 thus far, they’re coming off of a 2-1 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night.

LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Canadian Tire Centre in anticipation of tonight’s game. Derek Forbort will be tonight’s healthy scratch, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford remain out with injuries, and Jonathan Quick will start in net. No changes are expected to made to the forward/defense alignments used Saturday in Buffalo.

FORWARDS

PEARSON – KOPITAR – GABORIK
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
MERSCH – SHORE – BROWN
ANDREOFF – WEAL – NOLAN
(LEWIS – CLIFFORD)

DEFENSEMEN

MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – MCBAIN
(FORBORT)

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

DON’T SLIDE: The Kings have lost consecutive games on just two occasions this season, their first three games of the year, and back-to-back losses on November 20 & 22 to Detroit and Carolina. “We want to be one of those teams that, you know, you don’t lose two in a row, that you don’t want to play us when we’ve lost a game,” Drew Doughty told Jon Rosen following the morning skate. “So we’re looking to come out hard obviously and get another win here.” Can the Kings avoid losing two-straight games with a win tonight?

RED-LIGHT DISTRICT: The Kings have scored a combined 10 goals in their last two visits to Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, three of which came off the stick of Anze Kopitar, and four of which were assisted by Jake Muzzin. The Kings are 3-1-0 against the Senators in their last four visits to Ottawa, dating back to February 3, 2009, and 7-6-0-1 in Canada’s capital since the Senators came into the NHL prior to the 1992-’93 campaign.

HEY, CRAIG: Ottawa’s Craig Anderson is expected to make his 15th-straight start in goal tonight. Anderson comes into the game with a 13-9-3 record, a .915 SV% and a 2.83 GAA. Anderson made one start against the Kings last season, making 31 saves on 35 shots in a 5-3 Kings win. In 14 career appearances against the Kings, 13 of them starts, Anderson is 1-8-4, his lone win coming in 2010 when he was with the Colorado Avalanche. Can the Kings beat Anderson again tonight?

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings split their two games against the Senators last season, winning 5-3 in Ottawa on December 11, 2014, and falling 1-0 in Los Angeles on February 26, 2014. Jake Muzzin recorded a team-high three assists in the Kings’ win, Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson were the only players from tonight’s available roster to score goals. In two starts against the Senators last season, Jonathan Quick stopped 59 of the 63 shots Ottawa fired his way.

Good morning from Ottawa. #LAKings - Senators tonight at 4:30.

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WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 4:00 PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the Canadian Tire Centre for puck drop just after 4:30. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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