Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Bruins this season, and the Kings’ lone visit to Boston’s TD Garden. The Bruins are playing the final of a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 2-1 OT win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Kings are playing the first of a seven-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
MILAN’S RETURN: Milan Lucic returns to Boston for the first time since the trade that brought him to Los Angeles on June 26, 2015. Lucic spent eight seasons with the Bruins, where he totaled 342 points (139G, 203A) in 566 games, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011. “I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure,” Lucic said in his letter to Boston published Monday on The Players’ Tribune.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the TD Garden in anticipation of tonight’s game. Tanner Pearson, Nick Shore and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work and are expected to be healthy scratches. Andy Andreoff will be in the lineup for the first time since January 24 on the fourth line with Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will draw the start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – BROWN
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
GABORIK – LECAVALIER – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(PEARSON – SHORE)
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – SCHENN
HAPPY 50TH: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the NHL officially granting the Los Angeles Kings franchise as the league expanded from the ‘Original Six’ to 12 teams. With that, the Kings will reveal the commemorative logo to be used during their 50th season next year, as well as wear their vintage forum gold uniforms during Tuesday night’s game.
PACK YOUR BAGS: The longest road trip of the season begins for the Kings tonight, as they’re slated to play seven straight away from Los Angeles as the Grammy Awards take place at STAPLES Center. With a 16-7-2 mark in opposing buildings this season, the Kings hold the NHL’s third-best mark, and are second in the Western Conference and Pacific Division only to San Jose’s 17-8-2 record.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings split their two meetings with the Bruins last season, winning 2-0 on December 2, 2014 at STAPLES Center and falling 3-1 on January 31, 2015 at the TD Garden. Jonathan Quick pitched a 31-save shutout in the Kings’ win, Tanner Pearson scored the game-winner. Anze Kopitar led all Kings players with two points (2A) in the pair of meetings with Boston. The Bruins’ Brad Marchand scored two goals in the Kings’ previous visit to Boston, Jordan Nolan the only King to find the net.
IN BOSTON: Since Milan Lucic has been in the NHL, the Kings have never won a game in regulation time when playing the Bruins on the road. The Kings have lost in their previous three visits to Boston dating back to December 13, 2011, and won three consecutive games, twice in a shootout and once in overtime, prior to that from March 19, 2009 to November 20, 2011. The Kings’ last regulation win in Boston came on January 12, 2006, a 6-0 victory in which Alexander Frolov scored a hat-trick.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 3:30 PM PST on Fox Sports West, followed with Nick Nickson and Jim Fox on the live play-by-play call from the TD Garden at 4:00. You can also listen to Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.