ONE IN COLORADO:
Tonight marks the second of three meetings with the Avalanche this season, and the Kings’ lone visit to Colorado’s Pepsi Center. Colorado is playing the third of a five-game home stand where they’ve gone 0-1-1 thus far, they’re coming off of a 4-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The Kings are on the road for one game before returning to Los Angeles for a five-game home stand, they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon.
LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Pepsi Center in anticipation of tonight’s game. Jeff Carter joined the team, but did not partake in line rushes, and remained on the ice for extra work along with Jordan Weal and Ferek Forbort. Jhonas Enroth left the ice first and is presumed to draw the start in net.
LUCIC – KOPITAR – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – GABORIK
KING – LEWIS – BROWN
MERSCH – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(CARTER – WEAL)
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – MCBAIN
ENROTH’S IN: Jhonas Enroth is expected to make his seventh start of the season tonight after leaving the ice prior to Jonathan Quick at the morning skate. In seven appearances this season, Enroth carries a 3-2-1 record into the night, along with a .939 SV% and a 1.89 GAA. Enroth’s last start came on December 19 in Toronto, where he allowed five goals in the Kings’ loss. Enroth has made two career starts against the Avalanche, one with the Sabres and one with the Stars, losing both decisions.
IGGY FOR 600: Jarome Iginla comes into the night sitting on 599 career goals, just one from reaching the NHL’s 600-club. Iginla will be just the 19th player in league history to reach this scoring milestone. The 19-year NHL veteran register goal number 599 on December 27, but has been held scoreless in three games since. In his career, Iginla has 29 goals in 68 career games against the Kings, including a pair of hat-tricks, but has not scored against Los Angeles since January 19, 2012, when he was still with the Calgary Flames.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In the Kings’ previous meeting with the Avalanche earlier this season on October 18, they beat Colorado 2-1. Marian Gaborik opened up the scoring for the Kings, and a mere 23 seconds after Colorado responded to tie the game, Tyler Toffoli netted what would be the game’s eventual game-winner late in the second period. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in the win.
DEALING IN DENVER: The Kings went 2-0-0 in their two visits to Colorado’s Pepsi Center last season, outscoring the Avalanche by a combined score of 9-3. The Kings have won in each of their last three visits to Colorado, dating back to February 26, 2014, where they have scored a total of 15 goals, with Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli netting two apiece.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Tonight’s game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, with coverage beginning just prior to puck drop at 6:00 PM PST. As always, you can listen to the Kings’ very own Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the action live over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.