Tonight marks the first of two meetings with the Hurricanes this season, and Carolina’s only visit to STAPLES Center. The Kings will travel to Raleigh, NC’s PNC Arena on November 22. Carolina is playing the fourth of their seven-game home stand tonight, where they’ve gone 2-1-0 thus far. The Hurricanes are 2-4-0 this season, they’re coming off of a 1-0 OT win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. The Kings are returning home for one game before hitting the road for two games; now with a 3-3-0 record, they’re coming off of a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Thursday night.
LINEUP: There aren’t expected to be any changes from last night’s lineup. The Kings held an optional morning skate at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Jonathan Quick left the ice first, so he is tonight’s presumed starter. Derek Forbort remains down with an illness, so Jamie McBain, who was called up yesterday and filled Forbort’s role last night, is expected to go again.
GABORIK – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
PEARSON – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
MCBAIN – EHRHOFF
(GREENE - FORBORT)
HURRICANE HISTORY: The Kings went 1-1-0 against Carolina last season, winning 3-2 in the Hurricanes’ lone visit to STAPLES Center in 2014-’15. Tanner Pearson batted home the game-winning goal early in the second period, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the Kings’ win. The Kings are 7-3-0 against the Hurricanes in Carolina’s last 10 visits to STAPLES Center.
GOALIE CAM: Tonight the NHL’s only active goaltenders to win the Conn Smythe trophy will face off tonight; the Kings’ Jonathan Quick, and the Hurricanes’ Cam Ward. Ward ha started five of Carolina’s six games so far this season, posting a 2-3-0 record with a .895 SV% and a 2.62 GAA. Ward is coming off of a 26-save shutout performance against the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night. In six career starts against the Kings, Ward is 3-1-2.
#KINGSFCANCER: Tonight the Kings will honor Hockey Fights Cancer as the organization looks to raise awareness and funds for the NHL’s biggest charitable foundation. The Kings will wear special warm-up jerseys that will be auctioned off at the Kings Care Foundation’s booth outside of section 103. There will be many other items for sale and multiple ways to help the Kings benefit this cause at tonight’s game >>
BABY VS BLOGGER: Who does TRH baby pick to win tonight’s game? Read the entire Royal Half Gameday preview HERE.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: The Kings Live pregame show starts at 7:00 on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from STAPLES Center for puck drop just after 7:30. As always, you can listen to the Kings’ very own Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson call the game over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.