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Avalanche at Kings preview

Rantanen looks to keep rolling for Colorado; Petersen starts in goal for Los Angeles

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

AVALANCHE (10-6-4) at KINGS (7-12-1)

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

 

The Game

The Colorado Avalanche's top line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog will try to continue their strong play against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog combined for eight points (three goals, five assists) in a 4-3 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday to open a three-game road trip, with Rantanen scoring the winning goal.

Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog are the most productive line in the NHL through 20 games with 83 combined points (34 goals, 49 assists).

Kings rookie Calvin Petersen made 29 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 win at the St. Louis Blues. The Kings went 2-1-0 during their three-game road trip.

 

Players to watch

Rantanen leads the NHL in points (32) and assists (24). He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past four games.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games.

 

They said it

"Even in games where we're not playing our best, we're finding ways to get points out of them." -- Avalanche forward Matt Nieto

"It is a battle when you put yourself in a hole. We understand that and we know every game is important, so we're going to have to bear down and get points where we can." -- Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Colin Wilson

Sheldon Dries -- Carl Soderberg - Matt Calvert

Matt Nieto -- Vladislav Kamenev - Sven Andrighetto

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Patrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Gabriel Bourque, Mark Barberio, Marko Dano

Injured: J.T. Compher (concussion), Conor Timmins (concussion)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Matt Luff

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Austin Wagner

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Dion Phaneuf -- Oscar Fantenberg

Calvin Petersen

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Paul LaDue

Injured: Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonathan Quick (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

 

Status report

Compher could return against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, coach Jared Bednar said Tuesday. Compher, who has four points (three goals, one assist) in five games, has not played since Oct. 13. … Quick has worked out before the Kings practiced each of the past two days, facing shots from teammates Wednesday.

 

Stat pack

Barrie has six points (one goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak. Barrie, who has an assist in five consecutive games, is tied with Adam Foote for second-most career assists by an Avalanche defenseman with 203. … Varlamov can become the fifth Russian-born goalie with 200 career NHL wins. … The Kings have lost three straight at home (0-3-0) and have been outscored 9-2 in that span.

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