KINGS (29-19-5) at PANTHERS (23-22-6)
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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is expected to return to the lineup when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Friday to begin a season-long, seven-game road trip.
Martinez missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury.
Jonathan Quick could start for the Kings, who have won two straight, with each game being started by backup Darcy Kuemper, including a 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
The Panthers, who have won four in a row, including a 3-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, look to match their longest winning streak of the season. They won five straight from Dec. 19-30.
Harri Sateri, who has a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage during the winning streak, will make his sixth consecutive start.
Players to watch
Kings center Anze Kopitar has four goals and 13 assists in his past 14 games.
Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has three goals in his past two games.
They said it
"This is the first game of a long road trip and it's important to get off to a good start. This group has done a really good job of focusing on the task at hand the day that we're in and then we'll get ready for tomorrow (against the Tampa Bay Lightning) after this one is complete." -- Kings coach John Stevens
"He's afforded us the opportunity to, one, keep playing him. He's earned it. And not rush anybody back. It's a nice little luxury we have right now." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner on Sateri's performance in the absence of Roberto Luongo and James Reimer
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford -- Torrey Mitchell -- Trevor Lewis
Andy Andreoff -- Michael Amadio -- Jonny Brodzinski
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue
Alec Martinez -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Marian Gaborik, Nick Shore, Kevin Gravel
Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body)
Panthers projected lineup
Evgenii Dadonov -- Aleksander Barkov -- Nick Bjugstad
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Denis Malgin
Jamie McGinn -- Jared McCann -- Maxim Mamin
Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
Ian McCoshen -- Alex Petrovic
Scratched: Connor Brickley, Radim Vrbata, MacKenzie Weegar
Injured: Roberto Luongo (lower body)
The Panthers will use the same lineup from Tuesday … Reimer will be in uniform for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 23. … Gaborik was a healthy scratch the past two games.
Florida is 15-0-0 when leading after two periods. … Los Angeles leads the NHL in penalty killing with an 85.2 percent success rate. … The Kings' 30 victories in overtime since the 3-on-3 format was adapted at the start of the 2015-16 season are five more than any other team in the NHL (Calgary Flames, 25).