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Kings venture out on road, begin in Philadelphia

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


PHILLY HANGIN’: Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Flyers this season, and the Kings’ lone visit to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center; the Flyers will swing by STAPLES Center on January 2 to complete the season series. Philadelphia is starting a two-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 3-2 OT win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The Kings are beginning a five-game home stand tonight; they’re coming off of a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

ROAD TRIPPIN’: The Kings are to play 15 of their next 20 games on the road away from STAPLES Center, the longest stretch coming when they venture out for a six-game trip from December 8-19. Starting a five-game road trip tonight, the Kings are 4-1-0 this season away from Los Angeles, their lone loss coming on November 2 at Chicago. Can the Kings get off to a positive start to a grueling road schedule tonight at the Wells Fargo Center?

LINEUP: The Kings held a morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center in anticipation of tonight’s game against the Flyers. Line rushes were held, and no changes are expected to be made from Saturday’s lineup. Matt Greene (IR) has not joined the team for the road trip. Jordan Weal and Derek Forbort remained on the ice for extra work with Jhonas Enroth, those two are expected to be healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start.

FORWARDS

PEARSON – KOPITAR – GABORIK
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
BROWN – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(WEAL)

DEFENSEMEN

MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – MCBAIN
(FORBORT)

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

FLYER FARING: The Kings dropped both of their games against the Flyers last season, losing 3-2 in OT on October 28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center, where former Kings prospect Brayden Schenn scored the winning goal, and falling 2-1 on December 7, 2014 at STAPLES Center, where former Kings player Wayne Simmonds scored the winner. Tyler Toffoli scored the second of his five shorthanded goals last season in Philadelphia. The Kings have earned points in each of their previous four visits to Philadelphia, dating back to February 13, 2011.

DEPHENSE: The Flyers come into tonight’s game second-to-last in the NHL in scoring, averaging just 1.88 goals per game, better only than the Anaheim Ducks’ 1.65. Philadelphia has only scored a combined 14 goals in their last nine games. The Kings, averaging 2.12 goals allowed per game this season, rank third in the NHL. Can the Kings keep Philadelphia’s offense quiet tonight?

BABY VS BLOGGER: Who does TRH baby pick to win tonight’s game? You can read the entire Royal Half Gameday preview HERE!

HONORING GAGNE: Prior to tonight’s game, the Flyers will honor recently retired Simon Gagne, who spent 10+ seasons with Philadelphia, and also made quick stops with Tampa Bay, Boston, and the Kings. Gagne won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012; in parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, Gagne appeared in 45 games, recording 22 points (7G, 15A).

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the Kings Live pregame show at 3:30PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the Wells Fargo Center for puck drop just after 4:00. As always, you can listen to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call the game live over the radio airwaves at AM 790 KABC.

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