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Kings look to maintain momentum against struggling Flyers

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

FLYERS (8-13-4) at KINGS (14-7-5)


PHILLY PHINALE: This is the second and final meeting with Philadelphia this season; the Flyers beat the Kings 3-2 in OT at the Wells Fargo Center on October 28. Philadelphia is playing its fourth game of the team’s current five-game road swing, they’re 0-2-1 on the trip so far. The Flyers have only one win in their past 10 games, posting a 1-7-2 record. The Kings haven’t beaten the Philadelphia Flyers at STAPLES Center in regulation time since October 21, 2003.

MISSING MARIAN: Marian Gaborik, who has been out of the lineup for three games with an undisclosed upper-body injury, practiced with the Kings Friday morning at the Toyota Sports Center. Gaborik practiced as the fourth man on the Kings’ fourth-line, indicating that he will not be in the lineup today against the Flyers.

STREAKS, MILESTONES: Dustin Brown, with three points Thursday night in Phoenix, now has eight points (4G, 4A) in the Kings’ previous eight games. Defenseman Brayden McNabb has five assists in the previous six, and Alec Martinez has two points (1G, 1A) in his two games back from injury.

ANDY’S OFF: The Kings designated forward Andy Andreoff to their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs Friday morning for a conditioning stint. It makes sense for the youngster, who hasn’t appeared in a game since October 31 in Detroit. Andreoff, instead of playing the role of a healthy scratch, will get plenty of ice in Manchester while staying on-call for a return to the Kings’ roster. Andreoff didn’t record a point in eight games played with the Kings.

FLYING IN LA: The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t lost a game in regulation time in Los Angeles since October 21, 2003. The Kings won that game 4-0, with two goals from Martin Strbak, a goal from Jaroslav Modry, and a goal from Alexander Frolov. Roman Chechmanek made 22 saves in a shutout performance. The Kings are 0-4-1 against the Flyers at STAPLES Center since. Can they keep Philadelphia without a point for the first time in over 11 years on home ice tonight?

THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Flyers’ lone visit to STAPLES Center last season, Philadelphia came away with a 2-0 victory. Former King Wayne Simmonds pounded home the game-winning goal midway through the second period, and Claude Giroux buried Philadelphia’s second goal on a power play with just under two minutes remaining in regulation time. Today will be Simmonds’ second game back in Los Angeles since he was traded to the Flyers on June 23, 2011. Simmonds has two points (1G, 1A) in four career games against the Kings, both of those points coming last season at STAPLES Center.


WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE at 12:30PM PT on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 1:00PM PT.

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