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Los Angeles eyes point in fifth straight game; Boston 1-4-1 in past six

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (14-18-3) at BRUINS (21-7-6)



The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will look to extend their season-long point streak to five games when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday

The Kings, 3-0-1 in their past four games, have allowed two goals or fewer in each of those three victories. 

The Bruins, 1-4-1 in their past six games following an eight-game winning streak, are 12-1-5 at home this season, joining the Minnesota Wild (9-1-3) as the only NHL teams with one regulation home loss.


Players to watch

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has six assists in a four-game point streak and 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 15 games against Los Angeles.


They said it

"Obviously this team is elite. One of if not the best in the League right now, and certainly strong at home. So I think the test comes at a real good time for our team, and anxious to see how they perform." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"We're looking at them, taking them a game at a time, but four big games before having a couple days of rest, so leave everything on the line. We know what's at stake. … It's big points on the table and we're ready for them." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on beginning a four-game homestand prior to the NHL three-day Christmas break


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Matt Luff

Injured: Derek Forbort (upper body), Alec Martinez (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Charlie Coyle

Anders Bjork -- Sean Kuraly -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Chris Wagner -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Brett Ritchie, Par Lindholm, Connor Clifton

Injured: Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), Zach Senyshyn (lower body)


Status report

The Kings will use the same 18 skaters from their 4-2 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. ... The Bruins, who did not hold a morning skate, will use the same 18 skaters from their 4-2 win at the Florida Panthers on Saturday.


Stat pack

Carter has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. … Pastrnak has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Coyle is one goal shy of 100 in his NHL career.

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