KINGS (15-9-5) at CANADIENS (18-10-2)
4:30PM PT, TV: KCOP CHANNEL 13; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
BIENVENUE: This is the first of two meetings with Montreal this season; the Canadiens will visit STAPLES Center later this season on March 5. The Canadiens, after trudging through a seven-game stretch earning only one win (1-5-1), beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in the first game of their current five-game home stand. The Kings won both of their games against Montreal last season, outscoring the Canadiens 8-1.
WHO’S IN NET?: Tonight’s starting goaltender won’t be known until the Kings hit the ice for pregame warm ups. When asked whether it would be Jones or Quick, Darryl Sutter replied: “[It will be] one of our two goalies. We don’t announce starters.” Quick, who started Thursday night and made 32 saves in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators could possibly sit for Martin Jones since the Kings are dealing with a back-to-game situation. Jones started the Kings’ only game at the Bell Centre last season, pitching a 31-save shutout performance in a 6-0 win.
TRAVEL ITINERARY: Following their win Thursday night in Ottawa, the Kings immediately hopped on a train for an overnight ride into Montreal. Due to the quick turnaround and the lack of time, the Kings held an optional skate this morning at the Bell Centre. With not every player present, the team did not roll through line rushes. If all goes as expected, tonight’s line combinations will be extremely similar, if not exactly the same as they were Thursday night in Ottawa.
ANZE IN-TUNE: Anze Kopitar snapped a minor scoring slump Thursday night in Ottawa, scoring his first goal in 10 games. On the season, Kopitar has registered 13 points (6G, 7A) in 26 games. In seven career games against the Canadians, Kopitar has six points (3G, 3A). Kopitar scored the Kings’ second goal in the club’s only visit to the Bell Centre last season – a 6-0 win.
MUZZIN’S HOT: Jake Muzzin set a new career-high with three assists Thursday night in Ottawa. Muzzin, after suffering an early season injury, has been playing at almost a point-per-game pace since. Muzzin has 14 points (1G, 13A) in his last 16 games.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ lone visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre last season, they won 6-0. It was the first Kings win in Montreal since December 11, 1999. In 68 career games against the Canadiens in Montreal, the Kings have only won nine times. Dating back to March 14. 1992, the Kings are 2-12-0 when playing in Montreal. If the Kings win tonight, it will be the first time the franchise has ever won back-to-back games against the Canadiens on the road.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 4:00 on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call on KCOP Channel 13 from the Bell Centre for puck drop at 4:30PM PT.