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Krejci could return for Boston; Jokinen to make Los Angeles debut

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (6-7-4) at KINGS (11-5-2)

10:30 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-W, SN, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

Center David Krejci could be back in the lineup for the Boston Bruins against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

Krejci will be a game-time decision after missing 11 games because of an upper-body injury. His return would be a welcome development for the Bruins, who have lost four straight games (0-3-1), including 4-2 at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Forward Jussi Jokinen will make his debut for the Kings, who have lost three straight games (0-3-0). He was acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday for forward Michael Cammalleri.

 

Players to watch

The Bruins will start goaltender Anton Khudobin, who is 3-0-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in six games. He's the only goalie in the NHL to play at least six games and not have a regulation loss.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during his personal NHL-best nine-game point streak.

 

They said it

"I think if you stick with the program, stick with the process, play the right way, it will eventually go your way. Or it should." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"He's a veteran guy that plays all three forward positions and played in all situations in his career, so I think it's just important just to get him here." -- Kings coach John Stevens on forward Jussi Jokinen

 

Bruins projected lineup

Peter Cehlarik -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- David Krejci -- Jordan Szwarz

Matt Beleskey -- Sean Kuraly -- Jake DeBrusk

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Rob O'Gara -- Brandon Carlo

Paul Postma -- Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Kenny Agostino

Injured: Brad Marchand (undisclosed), Torey Krug (undisclosed), Anders Bjork (undisclosed), Ryan Spooner (groin), David Backes (colon surgery), Adam McQuaid (leg)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Andy Andreoff -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Jussi Jokinen -- Andrew Crescenzi -- Michael Amadio

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Oscar Fantenberg

Kurtis MacDermid -- Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Jonny Brodzinski, Nic Dowd, Christian Folin

Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Marian Gaborik (lower body)

 

Status report

Krug sat out the final 7:41 of the third period against the Ducks because of an undisclosed injury and his status against the Kings is uncertain. Bjork has been ruled out for the final two games of the California road trip. There is a chance Marchand could return against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. … The Kings recalled Brodzinski from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Thursday and sent forward Michael Amadio to the AHL.

 

Stat pack

The Bruins are 4-2-1 in seven games against the Pacific Division this season. … The Kings are 6-2-0 in eight games against the Atlantic Division.

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