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Kings host struggling Panthers in a Saturday matinee

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


SOFLA TO SOCAL: Today marks the first of two meetings with the Panthers this season, the Kings will travel to Florida’s BB&T Center on November 23. The Panthers are playing the final game of their three-game road trip through California, where they’ve gone 0-1-1 so far; they’re coming off of a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. The Kings are playing the second of a five-game home stand, they’re coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

LINEUP: Due to today’s 1:00PM start, the Kings will not hold a morning skate. The team practiced Friday morning at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo … Dustin Brown skated on the third line with Marian Gaborik and Nick ShoreChristian Ehrhoff skated with Matt Greene, who is still on IR and won’t be playing tomorrow … Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start.

FORWARDS

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

DEFENSEMEN

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

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

BROWN AND OUT: Dustin Brown, who has yet to score a goal this season, and has just one goal since February 18 of last season, will skate on the third line today. “I feel like I was getting good looks, I’m just having a hard time finishing right now,” Brown told Jon Rosen after Friday’s practice. “The one thing that changes when you go from playing with Kopi to playing with Shoresy is the type of defensemen you’re playing against. So I should try to take advantage of that.” Brown scored when the Kings hosted the Panthers last season, can he bury his first goal of the season against Florida today?

JAGR LIKE HE’S YOUNG: Jaromir Jagr, even after missing two games with an injury, is tied for the Panthers team-lead in points with 10 (6G, 4A) in 11 games played. Jagr, in 30 career games against the Kings during his 25-year NHL career, has averaged a point-per-game, totaling 30 points (13G, 17A). Can the Kings keep the seasoned veteran off the board today?

PANTHERS PAST: The Kings split their two meetings with Florida last season, winning 5-2 on November 18, 2014 at STAPLES Center and losing 3-2 on February 5 at the BB&T Center. The Kings have won their last six games against Florida on home-ice at STAPLES Center, dating back to December 10, 2005.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 12:30PM 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 Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson call the action on the radio airwaves over at AM 790 KABC.

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