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Quick to play 500th regular-season game for Los Angeles; Montreal looking for second straight win

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (7-1-1) at CANADIENS (2-6-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to play in his 500th regular-season game when the Kings visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Quick, who debuted with Los Angeles during the 2007-08 season, is 265-168-54 in 499 games, including 492 starts. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in seven games this season.

The Kings' 7-1-1 record matches their best-ever start through their first nine games; they also started 7-1 with one tie in 1980-81 and 1990-91.

The Canadiens are 1-6-1 in their past eight games. They ended a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1), their longest since losing nine straight in 1939-40, with a 5-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Adrian Kempe has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past four games, including a hat trick and an assist in a 5-1 win against the Canadiens on Oct. 18.

Canadiens 19-year-old rookie defenseman Victor Mete will play his 10th NHL game. Mete, partnered with Shea Weber on the top pair, has two assists and is minus-5 in 19:41 of ice time per game.

 

They said it

"They played very well against Florida the other night. They look like they had some jump in their step, and they're a good hockey team. I think if you look at the underlying numbers, sometimes a team is losing when they're getting ready to win, and that might have been the case with them." -- Kings coach John Stevens on facing the Canadiens

 

"We made life hard on them and wore down their [defensemen], and we have to remember going forward that that's how you win games. There's no easy nights, and moving forward against L.A., that's how we have to play." -- Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff -- Brooks Laich -- Nic Dowd

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermid -- Oscar Fantenberg

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Christian Folin, Michael Amadio

Injured: Marian Gaborik (knee), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Jeff Carter (ankle)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk -- Michael McCarron -- Nikita Scherbak

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Brandon Davidson -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Jacob De La Rose, Torrey Mitchell, Joe Morrow

Injured: Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), David Schlemko (hand)

 

Status report

Amadio was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He had two assists in five AHL games. Forward Justin Auger was assigned to Ontario.

 

Stat pack

Kopitar has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 career games against the Canadiens. … Drouin has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games.

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