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Kings at Panthers preview

Campbell expected to start for Los Angeles; Florida sticks with Driedger in goal

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (18-25-5) at PANTHERS (24-16-5)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie Chris Driedger will make a second consecutive start for the Florida Panthers when they host the Los Angeles Kings at BB&T Center on Thursday. 

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, one of four Panthers players who took part in an optional morning skate Thursday, will miss his second game because of an upper-body injury he sustained in practice Saturday.

Driedger, who made 43 saves in an 8-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, is 5-2-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in eight games (seven starts) this season.

The Panthers, who have won two straight, are 9-4-0 in their past 13 games.

Goalie Jack Campbell is expected to make his third start in four games for the Kings, 1-4-1 in their past six games and 3-7-2 in their past 12.


Players to watch

Kings forward Dustin Brown has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 20 games against Florida.

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau became Florida's all-time points leader (420; 143 goals, 277 assists) with a goal and an assist on Tuesday, passing Olli Jokinen (419 points; 188 goals, 231 assists).


They said it

"Everybody was pulling in the same direction [in a 2-0 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday and a 4-3 shootout loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday], and it's really encouraging to see. But at the same time we're in it to win it, so we're going to have to find that little extra step to get the job done." -- Kings forward Kyle Clifford  

"We're a resilient group. We've found ways to kind of bounce back and pick up wins when we haven't played our best nights before. Hopefully we can have a good game here and get back in the [Stanley Cup] playoff picture. It would be nice to be slotted in there when we go to the break." -- Panthers forward Brett Connolly


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


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Brian Boyle -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Chris Driedger

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Denis Malgin, Jayce Hawryluk

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body), Sergei Bobrovsky (upper body)


Status report

Montembeault was recalled on an emergency basis from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. … Weegar, a defenseman, practiced Wednesday and skated Thursday but will not play.


Stat pack

Doughty, who played his 900th NHL game Tuesday, is second in the League in average time on ice with 26:04. … Hoffman has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a six-game point streak, including at least one goal in four straight games.

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