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Panthers at Kings preview

Los Angeles tries to end four-game losing streak; Florida goes for third straight win

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (7-9-2) at KINGS (11-6-2)

4 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-F, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to end a four-game losing streak when they host the Florida Panthers at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Kings lost 2-1 at home to the Boston Bruins on Thursday, despite Anze Kopitar extending his point streak to a personal NHL-best 10 games (three goals, nine assists). Jonathan Quick is 2-5-0 in his past seven starts after going 7-1-1 to open the season.

The Panthers have won back-to-back games and are coming off a 2-0 win at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, giving them consecutive wins for the second time this season. Florida coach Bob Boughner shuffled his lines during the game, placing Connor Brickley and Colton Sceviour on the second line with Vincent Trocheck and dropping Radim Vrbata and Dryden Hunt down. Sceviour responded to the change by scoring the go-ahead goal.

 

Players to watch

Trocheck had an assist against the Sharks and has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

Kings forward Tanner Pearson has one goal in his past four games after totaling one goal and five assists during a four-game point streak.

 

They said it

"No matter what the situation was in the game, we didn't deviate from our system. Even though we had the lead, we still kept playing the right way. We didn't sit back and try to protect." -- Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo on the win against the Sharks

"We've been one of the best teams in the third period, so this obviously tells you that there has been a little bit of a lack of urgency at the beginning that then picks up at the end." -- Kings forward Nic Dowd

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Connor Brickley -- Vincent Trocheck -- Colton Sceviour

Jamie McGinn -- Nick Bjugstad -- Radim Vrbata

Dryden Hunt -- Chase Balisy -- Micheal Haley

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- MacKenzie Weegar

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Alex Petrovic, Curtis Valk

Injured: Jared McCann (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (lower body)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Jussi Jokinen -- Brooks Laich -- Jonny Brodzinski

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Christian Folin, Nic Dowd, Andrew Crescenzi

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

 

Status report

The Kings experimented with line changes of their own at practice Friday, moving Lewis onto the second line and dropping Toffoli to the third. Toffoli has no points in his past three games after getting eight points (six goals, two assists) in the previous seven.

 

Stat pack

Florida started the season 1-5-0 on the road but has won two of its past three; Los Angeles was 5-0-2 at home before losing its past four games at Staples Center, all in regulation.

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