The Kings will host the Dallas Stars tonight in the finale of the six-game series. The Kings enter with a 4-0-1 series record vs. Dallas in 2008-09 with a chance to earn a point in each meeting in the series for the first time since 1995-96, when they went 0-0-4 and should the Kings earn a point, it will mark just the seventh time in the 41-year history of the rivalry (1974-75: 4-0-0; 1979-80; 2-0-2; 1980-81: 4-0-0; 1987-88: 3-0-0; 1990-91: 3-0-0; 1995-96: 0-0-4) they were able to do so.
The Kings held their morning skate at STAPLES Center for the first time this season. Most morning skates are held at the Kings practice facility in El Segundo, Toyota Sports Center, while their opponent would typically skate at SC. The Kings made the change to take their official Team Photo for 2008-09
and held their morning skate following the picture. It did create an interesting look as they wore their purple, black and gray socks that is typically worn with their black home jerseys, with the solid black practice jersey.
The team skated for around 40 minutes. FRO CLOSE
Among those that participated in the morning skate was injured forward Alexander Frolov.
Frolov, who has missed the last three games due to a lower body injury, said, "I am close. Not quite there yet. Maybe at Phoenix."
Frolov leads the Kings with 27 goals and is second with 55 points. He was injured in the closing minutes of a 4-1 loss at Chicago and missed the last three games of the road trip to return home to California for treatment.
He skated prior to Kings practice on Monday. QUINCEY OUT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
Among those who did not participate in the morning skate was defenseman Kyle Quincey, who is expected to undergo surgery tomorrow and miss the remainder of the season.
He is scheduled to have back surgery for a herniated disc.
Quincey leads Kings blueliners with 34 assists and 38 points. His 34 assists ranks 16th amongst defensemen in the NHL and his 38 points rank 27th.
Quincey was claimed off of waivers from Detroit on Oct. 12, 2008.
Denis Gauthier is expected to take his place in the lineup and will be partnered with Drew Doughty
. Gauthier has missed the last five games due to an upper body injury. OD TO BE HONORED
As was covered diligently here on LAKings.com
, Sean O’Donnell will be honored tonight for playing in his 1000th game
at San Jose on March 14.
"It means a lot. I’m not a guy who would get too many individual awards, All-Star Games and things like that, so other than winning the Stanley Cup it’s the biggest accomplishment that I’m most proud of," O’Donnell said. "It’s one of those things that it doesn’t take a year or two or 10 or 12, it takes a long time. You have to be durable and you also have to do something right out there to play that many games. I’m pretty proud."
The equipment managers honored O’Donnell by adding a photo of him as a rookie with the Kings in 1995 and a photo of him from this season to mark the 1000th game to all of the players name plates above their stalls. The name plates were also used on March 14 at San Jose.
"It was a nice touch," O’Donnell said. "It is a nice thing to share with the people that are close to you. I am looking forward to it, it should be a fun night. Then the puck drops and we try and get two points."
O’Donnell’s parents flew in from Ottawa for the ceremony and many family and friends will be in attendance.
KINGS SIGN FREE AGENT
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent forward Corey Elkins
to a one-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi