OILERS (6-11-0) at KINGS (10-6-0)
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Jonathan Quick will be back in goal for the Los Angeles Kings when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in the finale of a five-game homestand.
Quick got the night off Thursday, when Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves in a 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Staples Center. This will be Quick's 14th start in 17 games; he’s 7-6-0 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.
Top-line center Anze Kopitar will play after blocking two shots late in the game against the Islanders. He didn't skate at practice Friday.
The Kings, who have split the first four games of their homestand (2-2-0), held an optional morning skate that didn't include line rushes but did have a special guest: Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr watched from the bench with coach Darryl Sutter and later met with defenseman Drew Doughty.
Edmonton is playing the finale of a four-game road trip. The Oilers have lost two of the first three (1-2-0), including a 4-1 loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. They are 0-5-1 in their previous six games at Staples Center and have scored five goals in the six losses.
"We all know they are one of the best defensive teams in the League," forward Jordan Eberle said after the morning skate in video posted by the Oilers. "You have to earn what you get. Against a team like that shots are going to be hard to come by. So if you get the opportunity to shoot the puck you have to shoot and try to generate as many second opportunities as you can.
"It will be a good test for us. It would be great to finish up this road trip .500. With the injuries we've had and the flu bug, it would be a great accomplishment for us."
Cam Talbot will be back in goal for the Oilers after Anders Nilsson played in a 4-3 overtime victory at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and the loss at Arizona on Thursday.
"He's had some good practice days," coach Todd McLellan said of Talbot. "He was very good early [in the season], but probably not where he wanted to be the last four or five [games]. We're looking at him having the opportunity to re-establish himself."
Here are the projected lineups:
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Matt Hendricks
Teddy Purcell - Leon Draisaitl - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Mark Letestu - Nail Yakupov
Luke Gazdic - Anton Lander - Iiro Pakarinen
Darnell Nurse - Andrej Sekera
Brandon Davidson - Oscar Klefbom
Griffin Reinhart - Eric Gryba
Injured: Connor McDavid (fractured clavicle), Rob Klinkhammer (foot), Justin Schultz (back), Lauri Korpikoski (undisclosed), Andrew Ference (illness)
Scratched: Mark Fayne, Andrew Miller
Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik
Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff - Jamie McBain
Injured: Matt Greene (upper body), Dwight King (foot)
Scratched: Derek Forbort, Jordan Weal
Status report: Hendricks was activated from injured reserve earlier Saturday after missing time because of a foot injury. He is expected to return, as is Pouliot, who missed the game at Arizona because of a virus. … McLellan said Ference may be able to play, but that with several players battling illnesses he's not likely to be certain of his lineup until just before game time. ... With the exception of the change in goal, the Kings will use the same lineup that faced the Islanders.
Who's hot: Hall had the lone goal against the Coyotes and has five goals and nine assists in his past 10 games. … Draisaitl has 11 points in seven games since his recall from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Oct. 29. … Lucic had the game-winner against the Islanders; it was his second goal in three games.