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Kings' road trip continues against Rangers

by Mike Battaglino

KINGS (13-6-1) at RANGERS (10-9-0)


Last 10: Los Angeles 7-2-1; New York 7-3-0

Season series: The New York Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Oct. 7 for their only win during the five-game western start to a season-opening nine-game road trip. This is the final meeting of 2013-14.

Big story: The Kings used goaltender Ben Scrivens back-to-back in place of Jonathan Quick, who was injured in overtime of the first game of this four-game road trip that ends here.

Scrivens allowed two goals to the New York Islanders in a 3-2 win Thursday before shutting out the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Friday.

"You have to flush that now," Scrivens told FOX Sports West after the game Friday. "We have to start focusing on and preparing for the Rangers, that's our next challenge. You never want to rest on your laurels or your accomplishments. That's always the challenge, 'What have you done for me lately?' These past two games are great that we got the win, but they're meaningless to dwell on. We have to keep focusing ahead now."

Team Scope:

Kings: Scrivens is likely to get almost all of the work in net while Quick takes the 4-6 weeks expected to recover from a grade-2 groin strain.

Friday, Scrivens faced 12 Devils shots in the first period after seeing seven against the Islanders on Thursday.

"You can't look at it one way or the other," Scrivens said Friday of the workload. "You have to just face what comes at you, because if [I say] I need 'X' number of shots in the first, and when you don't get it, now you've mentally put yourself behind the eight-ball.

"So you're better off, I think, to just go out there, if you get 25, you get 25, if you get two, you get two, but you have to play them all honestly and try and play them all the same and your mentality towards it and towards your preparation shouldn't change."

The Kings spent their day off in Manhattan.

Rangers: New York avoided losing two in a row for the first time since getting back home Oct. 28, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Rangers are 3-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back, 2-1-0 so far in the second.

"The first one is always an important one to get," forward Dominic Moore told NHL Network. "I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. Obviously, we didn't give up much, credit [goalie] Cam Talbot when we did."

The Rangers have a pair of three-game winning streaks which have helped them get over .500, now for a second time.

"We had not the start we wanted, obviously I think even we underestimated how tough that start was, being on the road for those first three weeks," Moore said. "But credit to the coaching staff for staying even-keeled throughout that, and just focusing on improvement, and as a team we're just continuing to focus on getting better every day. ... Big picture, it's a long season, if we keep doing that, we'll do some good things."

Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal after Talbot made 22 saves against Montreal.

Who's hot: Kings forward Tyler Toffoli had at least a point in all five games since being called up Nov. 2 before failing to get any Friday. Forward Anze Kopitar has eight points in the past seven games and 14 in the past 12. Forward Justin Williams has 13 in the past 12. … Rangers forward Derek Stepan has nine points in his past nine games. Forward Brad Richards has eight in that time.

Injury report: Kings forward Jarret Stoll (upper body) returned to play Friday for the first time since Nov. 2. Defensemen Matt Greene (undisclosed) and forwards Jeff Carter (broken foot) and Kyle Clifford (head) are out. … Rangers forward Rick Nash (concussion), out since Oct. 8, skated for the eighth straight day and with the team for the third time in as many days. He is aiming to return to the lineup Tuesday or Thursday. Forward Taylor Pyatt (concussion) is on injured reserve.

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