WHAT HAPPENS HERE: Tonight marks the Kings’ sixth and final preseason game; they carry a 3-1-1 record into tonight’s last exhibition bout. Not having played since last Tuesday, the Kings are coming off of a 2-1 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Colorado brings a 1-3-1 preseason record into tonight’s contest, they’ve scored only a total of five goals through their first five exhibition games, and are coming off of a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday evening.
ONE MORE AT MGM: Frozen Fury XVII will be the final one played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In 18 preseason games played at this facility dating back to 1997, the Kings are 11-3-3, and 8-3-3 when playing the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings fell to Colorado 3-2 in a shootout in last year’s Frozen Fury.
LINEUP: Per Jon Rosen, who attended the Kings’ morning skate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, here’s how tonight’s lineup should pan out:
LUCIC – KOPITAR – GABORIK
MERSCH – CARTER – TOFFOLI
KING – SHORE – BROWN
CLIFFORD – LEWIS – NOLAN
(PEARSON – ANDREOFF – WEAL – O’NEILL)
FORBORT – DOUGHTY
MCNABB – MARTINEZ
SCHULTZ – EHRHOFF
(LOVERDE – MCBAIN)
SUITS: Forwards Tanner Pearson, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Weal, and Brian O’Neill remained on the ice for extra work along with defensemen Vincent LoVerde and Jamie McBain – expect those players to be tonight’s healthy scratches. Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start between the pipes with Jhonas Enroth providing backup.
NO GAMBLING: Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene, who both suffered upper-body injuries in the Kings’ game against Colorado on September 27, took to the ice this morning with the rest of the team, but will not play tonight. Both players are hopeful to be healthy enough to play in the club’s regular season opener on October 7 against the San Jose Sharks at STAPLES Center.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings played the Avalanche at Denver, Colorado’s Pepsi Center in a preseason match up on September 27. The Kings won the game 2-1 in a shootout; Michael Mersch scored the Kings’ only goal in regulation, while Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown found the back of the net in the shootout. Jonathan Quick made 10 saves on 11 shots faced during the first two periods, while Peter Budaj stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the KINGS LIVE pregame show at 6:30PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim calling the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena for puck drop at 7:00. You can also listen to the game on AM 790 KABC, with Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson calling tonight’s about over the radio airwaves.