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Devils goalie Kinkaid starts against Kings

Backup goalie seeking first victory since Dec. 29

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

KINGS (33-18-3) at DEVILS (28-21-7)

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goaltender Keith Kinkaid will make his first start in five games when the New Jersey Devils face the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV).

Kinkaid, who will be playing against the Kings for the first time, is looking for his first win since a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center on Dec. 29. Cory Schneider made 31 saves in a 2-1 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

"We want to get [Kinkaid] in and we thought he played a really good game [in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 4], and it's a situation where we have to back-to-back games and Keith deserves a chance to get back in there," Devils coach John Hynes said. "Cory is fine but it's our decision to go with Keith against Los Angeles."

The Kings are playing the third of a six-game road trip. There was no morning skate Sunday for either team and Kings coach Darryl Sutter did not speak with the media prior to the pregame warmup.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has missed the past two games with an unspecified injury sustained in a collision with forward Jimmy Hayes at the Boston Bruins on Feb. 9, practiced Saturday and is listed day-to-day. He told the Kings website that he felt good after taking a few shots.

Los Angeles placed forward Marian Gaborik on injured reserve Saturday after he collided with New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Gaborik had appeared in 99 consecutive games and in 54 this season. He has 12 goals and 22 points.

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