DUCKS (/-/-/) at KINGS (/-/-/)
7:30PM PT, TV: Fox Sports West, NHL Network; RADIO: AM 790 KABC
BACK AT ‘ER: The Kings continue their seven-game preseason slate tonight against the Anaheim Ducks – who they’ll also play Sunday evening in Orange County at Honda Center. The Ducks played a home and home split-squad series Monday against the Colorado Avalanche, and then lost 4-0 to the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. This will be the first time the Kings face Anaheim since the 2014 Western Conference Semifinal series.
IN-SYNC: If it isn’t just about getting back into shape for players coming into Training Camp and the early stages of preseason, it’s about finding – or rekindling the chemistry among each other.
During Monday night’s set of split-squad preseason contests against the Arizona Coyotes, Marian Gaborik (2G) and Anze Kopitar (2A) connected for two goals at STAPLES Center, while That 70’s Line of Tanner Pearson (1G, 2A), Tyler Toffoli (2A), and Jeff Carter (2A) combined for seven points (1G, 6A) at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Can the Kings camaraderie continue on the ice tonight?
WHO’S GONNA PLAY: “We’ll play a lot of our young veterans, that Marty age group and that Kinger age, all those guys.” Darryl Sutter told Jon Rosen Wednesday afternoon. “Just stick with our plan for guys who are a hundred percent. They kind of know the game’s they’re going to play.”
Don’t expect Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll, or Jonathan Quick to be inserted into Darryl Sutter’s lineup.
A 10 PERFORMANCE: Mike Richards, who is coming off of a disappointing season, but buckled down over the summer to arrive to Training Camp in peak physical condition, scored two goals in the Kings’ split-squad game Monday night at Gila River Arena. It’s only preseason, but a productive one from Richards can go a long way in shaking off the distaste of his previous season, and allow him to begin the year with confidence.
TV RETURN: Tonight’s game will be the first to be televised on FOX SPORTS WEST this season. In total, the Kings’ local TV affiliate will broadcast 72 games, including three on Prime Ticket, and three on KCOP-13. Along with Thursday night’s preseason game against Anaheim, FOX SPORTS WEST will televise Frozen Fury XVI on October 4, when the Kings play the Colorado Avalanche in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Arena.
HOUSEWARMING: After tonight’s contest, the Kings won’t return to STAPLES Center until October 8 – their regular season opener against the San Jose Sharks, when the Kings will raise their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner. Until then, the Kings will take their preseason escapade to Anaheim (9/28), San Jose (9/30), Colorado Springs (10/2), and Las Vegas (10/4).
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch KINGS LIVE on FOX SPORTS WEST at 7:00 PT, followed with Bob and Jim on the live call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30 PT.
LA Kings Insider has tonight's roster.