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Brady Murray is trying to establish himself as an NHL player in his rookie season. Seeing his father behind the opposing bench should provide a little extra motivation.

The younger Murray and the Kings play their first true home game of the season Saturday night as they face the St. Louis Blues, who are coached by his father Andy.

Brady Murray was drafted by Los Angeles in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, shortly after his father completed his fourth season as the team's head coach.

After playing for the University of North Dakota, Murray played two seasons in Switzerland before he was a surprise addition to the Kings' roster this year. He made his NHL debut in a 4-1 victory over Anaheim on Sept. 29 in London.

"It will be a little weird to look on the other bench and see my dad over there, but I am just treating it like my first (NHL home game)," Brady Murray told the Kings' official Web site. "I know he is coaching the other team, but that doesn't matter to me at all."

Brady Murray, though, never got to play for his father in the NHL because Andy Murray was fired by the Kings on March 21, 2006. He was hired by the Blues on Dec. 11 and guided them to a 27-18-9 record last season.

This will be Andy Murray's fourth game against the Kings, the team he coached from 1999-2006. He is the franchise's all-time leader in coaching wins (215) and games (480).

Murray went 3-0 against his former team last season, winning the only game in Los Angeles 3-1 on Jan. 18.

"There were so many great memories and relationships with people, but the day I got the chance to be the head coach of the Kings was the best day," Murray said after that win. "I was in the coaching business for a long time. And then when someone tells you you're going to be an NHL head coach, it's a pretty special feeling."

The Kings return to Staples Center after splitting their two-game series against the Ducks in London.

Jason LaBarbera was unable to match Jonathan Bernier's NHL debut in the second game, allowing four goals on 25 shots. The 19-year-old Bernier, meanwhile, was outstanding in the 4-1 win, making 26 saves.

Kings coach Marc Crawford has not revealed which goaltender he plans to start Saturday.

Center Michael Cammalleri was Los Angeles' best player in two games against Anaheim, scoring three goals while tying Anze Kopitar for the team lead with seven shots on goal.

"It helps your confidence," Cammalleri said. "It (stinks) to start a year pressing and wondering when that first goal is going to come."

The Blues opened their season Thursday with a 3-2 loss at Phoenix, scoring twice in the third period after falling behind by three.

Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyes had goals for St. Louis, which was outshot 34-24.

"They were moving and we were not," Tkachuk said. "They came to play and we didn't execute. We sat around and they took advantage."

Defenseman Erik Johnson, the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, made his NHL debut Thursday. He picked up his first NHL point with an assist on Tkachuk's goal.

Blues goalie Manny Legace is 9-1-0 with one tie and a 2.57 goals-against average in 12 career games against Los Angeles.

St. Louis has won three straight against the Kings after losing the previous five meetings.

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