DEVILS (15-21-8) at KINGS (20-13-10)
7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL: Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Devils this season; the Kings will pay a visit to New Jersey’s Prudential Center on March 23 later this season. The Devils are beginning a three-game road trip through California tonight; they’re coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to the New York Islanders on Friday night. The Kings are playing the fifth game of their seven-game stretch at STAPLES Center; they picked up their first win of the home stand Monday night in a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MARTIN PART DEUX: Martin Jones left the ice first at today’s morning skate in El Segundo, so he will be making his second consecutive start, and his ninth of the season. Jones was instrumental in the Kings’ 2-0 win Monday night, stopping all 19 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season. Jones comes into the night with an overall record of 4-3-2, posting a .916 SV% and a 2.07 GAA.
LINEUP LOOK: Jon Rosen, who was on-hand this morning in El Segundo for the Kings’ pregame skate, indicated that there looked to be no changes in the lineup from Monday night. Here’s how tonight should shake up:
GABORIK – KOPITAR – CARTER
BROWN – STOLL – WILLIAMS
KING – RICHARDS – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – GREENE
SCHULTZ – MARTINEZ
(REGEHR – MCBAIN)
WHO’S HOT: Anze Kopitar, with a goal and an assist Monday night, is now riding a four-game point streak (2G, 6A), and has 21 points (4G, 17A) in his last 12 games. Jeff Carter, with two assists Monday night, now has 13 points (5G, 8A) in the last 12 games. Marian Gaborik, with a goal Monday night, has scored in each of the previous two games, and has 15 points (10G, 5A) in his last 12.
JAGR-LESS: The Devils are short a couple of forwards in Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu tonight; both are suffering from flu-like symptoms and stayed put in New Jersey for the start of the Devils’ trip. New Jersey comes into the night 28th in the NHL in scoring, averaging just 2.14 goals per game. Jagr leads the Devils in scoring with 25 points (9G, 16A), while Ruutu has chimed in with 8 (5G, 3A). Patrik Elias, who will play tonight, is one goal from recording the 400th of his NHL career.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Devils’ previous visit to STAPLES Center came on November 21 of last season, and it was their first since Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. New Jersey won 2-1 in OT with a goal from Jaromir Jagr. Justin Williams scored the only goal for the Kings; Ben Scrivens made 13 saves in the loss. The Kings are 3-4-1 against the Devils in regular season matchups on home ice ever since STAPLES Center opened prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 7:00PM on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30PM PT.