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Preview: Kings Kick-Off Preseason With Coyotes

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


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7:00 in Arizona 7 PST; TV: N/A
7:30 at STAPLES Center 7:30 PST; TV: N/A, RADIO: KABC AM 790

99 DAYS LATER: Tonight marks the opening of the preseason, and is the first game for the Kings at STAPLES Center since June 13, when they clinched the franchise’s second Stanley Cup Championship against the New York Rangers – 99 days ago.

DOUBLE DIP:  The Kings kick-off their seven-game preseason slate with tonight’s double-header home and home series with the Arizona Coyotes. Both clubs will split their Training Camp rosters into two teams, icing a mixture of veteran players and prospects. The first game is slated to start at 7:00 at Gila River Arena, the second at 7:30 at STAPLES Center.

FAMILIAR FACES: Tonight’s lineup at STAPLES Center will include the Kings’ first line (Kopitar. Brown, Gaborik) and the fourth line (Clifford, Lewis, Cracknell) along with Jake Muzzin and the Kings’ middle defensive pair (Greene, Martinez). Martin Jones will start in net.

GETTING A LOOK: Looking to make the team, or at least an impression at STAPLES Center tonight, are forwards Andy Andreoff, Nick Shore, Valentin Zykov, Brian O’Neill, Michael Mersch, David Van Der Gulik, and defenseman Derek Forbort. Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers will be backing up Martin Jones.

SPLIT-SQUAD HISTORY: The Kings have partnered with the Coyotes for preseason split-squad matchups dating back to 2009. Aside from the 2012 preseason, in which a lockout snubbed the now annual event between the two clubs, the Kings are 2-4-2 in eight split-squad matchups against Arizona. The Kings are 1-2-1 at Gila River Arena, and 1-2-1 at STAPLES Center in those preseason affairs.


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Tonight will be the fist time the Coyotes franchise visits Los Angeles known as the Arizona Coyotes. The team name’s location was Phoenix from 1996-2014.

  • Assistant Coaches Davis Payne and John Stevens will be behind the bench, leading the roster tonight at STAPLES Center.

  • Forwards Jarret Stoll (Hip Injury) and Drew Doughty (Upper-Body Injury) will not partake in either of tonight’s contests. Goaltender Jonathan Quick is not expected to play.

  • Tonight will be the first chance for fans to see STAPLES Center’s new LED lighting system, as well as new seat covers in the lower bowl – both installed over the summer.

For live updates and coverage from the 7:00 game at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ, head on over to LAKingsInsider.com, or follow @lakingsinsider on Twitter for live coverage from Jon Rosen.

Tonight’s game at STAPLES Center will be broadcast live on AM 790 KABC, as Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans return to the radio airwaves.


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