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At the Rink: Kings at Senators

by Chris Stevenson

OTTAWA -- The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their streak of nine straight games with a point against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

The Kings, 7-0-2 during the stretch, are the NHL's top possession team with a shot attempts percentage of 56.98.

The Senators are coming off a game coach Dave Cameron called a slap in the face, in which they gave up 37 shot attempts in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

"No pride in the D-zone and in getting the puck back in all the zones," Cameron said Monday in summing up the game against the Canadiens. "No compete. No pride."

The Senators have lost two in a row and were 1-3-0 on the road trip which concluded against the Canadiens.

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson was furious after the Senators repeated mistakes against the Canadiens, swinging his stick against the post after the Canadiens made it 2-0.

He will start his 15th game in a row Monday.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson said what happened against the Canadiens is less important than how they play against the Kings.

"If you look at any of the 30 teams in the League, they are going to have games where they underachieve and play poorly," Karlsson said. "It's whether you get a setback from it or you just keep going forward and don't let it happen again. That's something we're looking to do tonight. Obviously we're playing a good team and we're going to be motivated to do the best we can and leave the previous game behind us."

Cameron said the Senators must match the Kings' grind or risk giving up more opportunities.

"When I say grind, that doesn't mean they don't have some talent," Cameron said. "They've got some great players. They've only given up 60 goals against or somewhere in that vicinity. They just play the right way."

The Kings are in the middle of a six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference with victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins and an overtime loss against the Buffalo Sabres.

Coach Darryl Sutter shrugged off the notion they were playing "Kings hockey," a reference to the heavy, grinding style which won them the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

"I don't think we play that much different than anybody else," he said. "We've played really well on this trip and we've played really well on our last trip, so we're just trying to continue that."

Here are the projected lineups:


Tanner PearsonAnze KopitarMarian Gaborik

Milan LucicJeff CarterTyler Toffoli

Michael MerschNick ShoreDustin Brown

Andy AndreoffJordan WealJordan Nolan

Brayden McNabbDrew Doughty

Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

Christian EhrhoffJamie McBain

Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Derek King (foot), Matt Greene (shoulder), Trevor Lewis (upper body), Kyle Clifford (lower body)

Scratched: Derek Forbort


Mike HoffmanMika ZibanejadBobby Ryan

Zack SmithKyle TurrisMark Stone

Dave DziurzynskiJean-Gabriel PageauAlex Chiasson

Mark BorowieckiCurtis LazarChris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Jared CowenChris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Milan Michalek (finger)

Scratched: Shane Prince

Status report: Hammond is back with the Senators after two games on a conditioning assignment with Binghamton of the American Hockey League. Goalie Chris Driedger was assigned to Binghamton. ... Clifford (retroactive to Dec. 6) and Lewis (retroactive to Dec. 4) were each placed on injured reserve; Sutter said there's a chance Lewis could join the Kings during the road trip. ... The Kings recalled defensemen Jeff Schultz and Nick Ebert from Ontario of the AHL.

Who's hot: Pearson has a goal and an assist in his past two games. Kopitar has two assists in his past two games.

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