KINGS (21-15-12) at BRUINS (26-16-7)
4:00PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO AM 790 KABC
BEANTOWN: Tonight marks the second and final meeting with Boston this season; the Kings beat the Bruins 2-0 on December 2 at STAPLES Center. The Bruins come into the night hot, having earned points in 12 of their last 13 games (8-1-4). The Kings are kicking off a five-game road trip tonight; they’re 5-9-6 in games played away from Los Angeles this season. Boston is coming off of a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday night; the Kings are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
ROAD LIFE: The Kings are beginning a five-game road trip tonight, making their only visit to Boston this season. With only one win in their last seven games away from STAPLES Center (1-4-2), the Kings will look to get off to a positive start at TD Garden tonight. The Bruins have picked up points in nine of their last 10 games played at home (7-1-2); the Kings have won just five games on the road all season long (5-9-6). Can the Kings get off to a good start on the road tonight in Boston’s hostile confines?
LINEUP NOTES: Per Jon Rosen, who attended the Kings’ morning skate at TD Garden, here’s how tonight’s lines should shake up:
CLIFFORD – KOPITAR – BROWN
KING – CARTER – TOFFOLI
GABORIK – STOLL – LEWIS
NOLAN – SHORE – WILLIAMS
MUZZIN – DOUGHTY
REGEHR – MARTINEZ
MCNABB – GREENE
RASK TASK: Tuukka Rask will be in net for the Bruins tonight; it will be the first time the Kings face Boston’s netminder this season, and just the third time ever. Rask comes into the night with a 21-11-7 mark, posting a .920 SV% and a 2.34 GAA. In two career starts against the Kings, Rask is 1-1-0 stopping 56 of the 59 shots he’s faced. In Raask’s last start against the Kings on January 9 of last season, he was pulled just 21:35 minutes into the game after allowing three goals on 18 shots.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings first meeting with the Bruins this season, they came away with a 2-0 victory on December 2 at STAPLES Center. Tanner Pearson got the Kings on the board late in the first period, and Tyler Toffoli chipped home an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left to secure the win. Anze Kopitar assisted on both of the goals, and Jonathan Quick stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 3:30PM PT for all of your pre game coverage, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from TD Garden for puck drop at 4:00PM PT.