BACK HOME: After a pair of exhibition games away from Los Angeles, the Kings return to STAPLES Center tonight to play the fifth of their six preseason games – their second and final one against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings are 3-1-0 so far this preseason; they’re coming off of a 2-1 SO win over the Colorado Avalanche
on Sunday night. The Ducks are 2-0-1; they’re coming off of a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
LINEUP: Per Jon Rosen, who attended the Kings’ morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center, the lines were reported as being aligned as such:
LUCIC – CARTER – LEWIS
KING – SHORE – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – WEAL – MERSCH
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
BROWN – KOPITAR – GABORIK – O’NEILL
MARTINEZ – DOUGHTY
SCHULTZ – EHRHOFF
MCNABB – MCBAIN
FORBORT – LOVERDE
Among those who remained on the ice for extra work following practice were Dustin Brown
, Anze Kopitar
, Marian Gaborik
, Brian O’Neill, Derek Forbort
, and Vincent LoVerde
– they are expected to be tonight’s healthy scratches. Jhonas Enroth
left the ice first, so he is tonight’s presumed starting goaltender, with Jonathan Quick
as the back-up.
D RECOVERY: Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene have been labeled as ‘day-to-day’ after they both suffered ‘upper-body’ injuries during Sunday evening’s game in Colorado. Muzzin took to the ice following practice this morning with tonight’s healthy scratches; Matt Greene did not skate. There are no further updates on the two defensemen, neither will be in tonight’s lineup.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: These two clubs met in a preseason match up this past Friday night; the Kings fell 2-1. Trevor Lewis scored the Kings’ lone goal, a shorthanded marker midway through the game that was set up by a gorgeous Tanner Pearson pass. Jonathan Quick stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced during the first two periods of play, while Jhonas Enroth stopped all seven pucks directed his way during the third period.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: The Kings return to TV tonight for the first time this season, albeit on Prime Ticket. The KINGS LIVE pregame show starts at 7:00, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop at 7:30. You can listen to the game live on AM 790 KABC with the Kings’ very own Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson on the airwaves. Jon Rosen will also have a live game blog running over at LAKingsInsider.com