The Kings practiced today at Burnaby 8 Rinks in Burnaby BC, a 20-minute bus ride east of Vancouver. GM Place was unavailable for practice ice as the venue is hosting a Brittany Spears concert tonight at 7 p.m.
, who started 30 of the past 35 Kings games, was off the ice early today replaced by goaltending coach Bill Ranford for most of practice. Quick was rested due to his recent workload and is still expected to start at Vancouver on Thursday.
Ranford, who lives in nearby New Westminster, BC, returned to his house to retrieve his pads and was in net opposite Erik Ersberg. LINEUP CHANGES
Judging by practice today, Kyle Calder will return to the Kings lineup and play on a wing with Teddy Purcell and Brian Boyle on the Kings second line. Calder has played in 73 games this season, posting 8-19=27, but was a healthy scratch at Edmonton on Tuesday. He will take the place of Brad Richardson
, who saw 12:09 TOI on 16 shifts vs. Edmonton after being a healthy scratch the previous three games.
The other interesting development was Peter Harrold continuing to line up as a centerman on the Kings fourth line. Harrold played center last night at Edmonton during his 15 shifts and 9:42 TOI, even taking his first NHL faceoff, losing to Andrew Cogliano. Harrold will be flanked by Raitis Ivanans, who was nominated for an Espo as the NHL’s Best Fighter
and John Zeiler. Kings Lines:
Alexander Frolov - Anze Kopitar
- Justin Williams
Calder - Boyle - Purcell
Wayne Simmonds - Michal Handzus - Dustin Brown
Ivanans - Harrold - Zeiler
The healthy scratches are expected to be Derek Armstrong, Oscar Moller, Richardson and Corey Elkins
. On the back end:Davis Drewiske
and Drew Doughty
Sean O’Donnell and Jack JohnsonMatt Greene
and Denis GauthierHEAD TO HEAD WITH EDMONTON
With the 2-1 victory last night, the Kings officially eliminated the Oilers from playoff contention. The visiting team won all four games of the season series and all four games were decided by one goal.
The Kings earned points in each game of the season series
, posting a 2-0-2 record against Edmonton, marking just the third time in the series history (since 1979-80) that the Kings earned points in each game (1998-99: 3-0-1; 1980-81: 2-0-2).The Kings are now 58-78-34 all-time vs. the Oilers and have posted a 5-2-3 mark over the last 10 meetings and a 5-5-0 mark at Rexall Place.
Wayne Simmonds scored his 8th goal of the season, tallying for the second straight game last night at Edmonton. His goal at 3:46 of the first period proved to be the game winner, his second of the year as he also scored the winning goal vs. Columbus on Dec. 6. Simmonds also added an assist for his second career multi-point game (0-2=2 March 19 at Boston).
The first-year winger has scored 3-4=7 over his last 13 games after scoring 5-9=14 over his first 67 games of the season. Compiled by Thomas LaRocca and Mike Kalinowski