TIME TO RALEIGH:
Today marks the second and final meeting with Carolina this season, the Kings beat the Hurricanes 3-0 on October 23 at STAPLES Center. The Hurricanes are finishing a five-game home stand today, where they’ve gone 0-1-3 so far; Carolina has lost five straight games and seven of their previous eight, they’re coming off of a 2-1 SO loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. The Kings are playing the third of a five-game road trip today, they’re coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.
LINEUP: The Kings held a full practice Saturday afternoon at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Jordan Weal skated as an extra with the first line, but it is unclear whether or not he’ll inch his way into the lineup. Derek Forbort skated with Jamie McBain during drills, so there’s a chance he remains in the lineup en lieu of Christian Ehrhoff. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will start in goal.
PEARSON – KOPITAR – GABORIK
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
BROWN – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
FORBORT – MCBAIN
HOMECOMING: Defenseman Jamie McBain, who’s become a regular in the Kings’ lineup of late, dressing in the last eight games, is returning to see the NHL club that drafted him, where he played three-plus seasons. The Hurricanes drafted McBain 63rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft; he made his debut with the team on March 16, 2010, then went on to play three more full seasons with the club. In total, McBain appeared 206 games with the Hurricanes, recording 75 points (19G, 56A). Ironically, Carolina dealt McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for another former King, Andrej Sekera, on June 30, 2013.
STRUGGLING CANES: Carolina is hoping not go winless on their current five-game home stand, which ends with today’s game and has carried a 0-1-3 record thus far. The Hurricanes have lost seven of their last eight, and have scored just four goals in their last five games. Carolina ranks third-worst in NHL scoring, averaging 1.89 goals per game. Can the Kings sweep their season series against the Hurricanes this afternoon?
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings beat the Hurricanes 3-0 on October 23 at STAPLES Center with two goals from Tyler Toffoli and another from Anze Kopitar; Jonathan Quick recorded a 40-save shutout. In the Kings’ previous visit to Carolina’s PNC Arena on November 2 of last season, they fell 3-2 to the Hurricanes, where Alec Martinez scored his second goal of the season to bring the Kings to within one in the third period. The Kings are 4-3-2-2 against the Hurricanes in Carolina since the franchise relocated from Hartford, Connecticut prior to the 1997-’98 campaign.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 9:30AM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call for puck drop just after 10:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.