Tonight marks the second and final meeting with the Flyers this season, the Kings beat Philadelphia 3-2 in a shootout on November 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are playing the final of a three-game road trip through California; they’ve posted an 0-2-0 record thus far and are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. The Kings are stopping home for a quick one-game stint in Los Angeles; they’re coming off of a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT: The Kings are playing the fourth of their seven matinee home games today; they’re 3-0-0 so far under the sun at STAPLES Center this season, beating the Nashville Predators (4-3 (OT) on October 31, the Florida Panthers 4-1 on November 7, and the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on December 5. The Kings went 5-2-1 in home afternoon games last season.
COVERING FOR CARTER: Jeff Carter will likely miss his fourth-plus consecutive game while he continues to recover from an undisclosed upper-body injury. “Same, no changes,” Carter told Jon Rosen Friday afternoon in regards to his status. Carter led the Kings in points at the time of his injury, but since he’s been out, the Kings have outscored opponents 14-3 while posting a 3-0-0 mark. Can the Kings oust Carter’s former team without him in the lineup today?
LINEUP: The Kings held a practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo in anticipation of today’s game. Jeff Carter skated as an extra with Jordan Weal, so those two will be today’s presumed scratches along with a yet-to-be-name defenseman; it is unclear who the Kings’ third-line D pairing will be. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – GABORIK
KING – LEWIS – BROWN
MERSCH – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(CARTER – WEAL)
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
FORBORT – MCBAIN
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting with the Flyers on November 17, they defeated Philadelphia 3-2 in a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center. Jamie McBain opened the scoring for the Kings, Milan Lucic tied the game with 56 seconds to play in regulation, and Anze Kopitar was the only player from either team to find the back of the net in the shootout. Jonathan Quick stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced.
EASTSIDE: The Kings, coming off of five-straight games against Pacific division opponents where they went 4-1-0 to widen their division lead to 11 points, will play four of their next six games against teams in the Eastern Conference. The Kings are 10-5-2 against the East this season, including a commanding 6-2-0 against Philadelphia’s Metropolitan division.
PHILADELPHIA IN LA: The Kings have had troubles in the Flyers’ visits to STAPLES Center in recent years, they have not recorded a regulation win against Philadelphia on home ice since October 21, 2003. Since then, the Kings are 1-5-0 when hosting the Flyers, their lone win coming on January 3, 2009 in a shootout. Philadelphia won 2-1 when they visited on December 6 of last season, former King Wayne Simmonds scoring the game-winning goal.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 12:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 1:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.