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Doughty closes in on scoring milestone for Los Angeles; Carolina seeks third win in row

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

KINGS (18-24-4) at HURRICANES (26-16-2) 

7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

The Carolina Hurricanes will try for their third straight win when they complete a season-long, seven-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The Hurricanes have won consecutive games after going 2-5-0 in their previous seven. They are 4-2 on the homestand, including a 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, when goalie Petr Mrazek made 32 saves.

Goalie James Reimer could start Saturday; in his previous start, he allowed four goals on 21 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

The Kings, 3-6-1 in their past 10 games, seek consecutive wins for the first time since Dec. 15-17. Goalie Jack Campbell, who made a season-high 44 saves in a 5-2 win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, will start.

Drew Doughty is one point from tying Rob Blake (494) for most by a defenseman in Los Angeles history.

 

Players to watch 

Kings forward Alex Iafallo has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in a nine-game point streak.

Hurricanes forward Lucas Wallmark has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 11 games.

 

They said it 

"They're a fast team. They get on top of you and there is no backing off in their game. We know there's not going to be a perfect game where we're not in our end for a little while, but we will have to defend properly and get good goaltending. They can't just have our zone for free." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"You think about going [back to Mrazek] when he's playing that well, but there's a lot of hockey coming around the corner. You have to be careful about that. We know we need both guys ready to roll. When you see him playing that well, you go, 'Wow, keep him going.'" -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on the possibility of starting goalie Petr Mrazek against Los Angeles 

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Michael Amadio -- Austin Wagner

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Jaret Anderson-Dolan -- Trevor Lewis

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Derek Forbort -- Sean Walker

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Matt Luff, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Blake Lizotte (lower body), Joakim Ryan (lower body)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Joel Edmundson

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Justin Williams, Haydn Fleury

Injured: None

 

Status report 

The Hurricanes did hold have a morning skate, but Williams, the veteran forward signed Tuesday, worked out on the ice. … Anderson-Dolan, recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Thursday, will make his season debut for the Kings.

 

Stat pack 

Kopitar has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … The Kings are 0-16-1 when trailing after the first period. ... Teravainen has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 12 games against Los Angeles. … The Hurricanes are 12-3-1 against the Western Conference.

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