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Moore to play first game with Los Angeles; New Jersey tries to extend point streak to six

by Mike. G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

KINGS (19-31-5) at DEVILS (19-24-10)

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


The Game

Trevor Moore will make his Los Angeles Kings debut when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday.

The forward was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, for forward Kyle Clifford and goalie Jack Campbell on Wednesday.

The Kings, playing the third of a four-game road trip, will look to end a three-game losing streak after a 5-3 loss at the New York Islanders on Thursday. They are 1-7-1 in their past nine games.

The Devils will try to extend their point streak to six games. Their five-game streak (2-0-3) tied a season high (4-0-1) set Dec. 23-Jan. 2.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 46 saves and had his first NHL assist in a 5-0 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, will start for New Jersey. 


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games. 

Devils defenseman Damon Severson has five points (two goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak. 


They said it

"I grew up watching [the Kings] when I was 5 years old and it's obviously a dream come true for me, so I'm excited, a little nervous but going out there to help the team and kind of do what I do." -- Kings forward Trevor Moore, who was born in Thousand Oaks, California

"The Kings work hard, don't beat themselves, don't give you easy offense. What we faced a little bit in Philadelphia, I expect the same here. We're going to have to work for our chances, but at the same time, we need to stay sharp defensively." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Trevor Moore -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Adrian Kempe -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Joakim Ryan -- Sean Walker

Calvin Petersen

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Derek Forbort, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: None


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Wayne Simmonds

John Hayden -- Kevin Rooney -- Joey Anderson

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Mackenzie Blackwood

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Colton White

Injured: Sami Vatanen (lower body), Nico Hischier (lower body)


Status report

Petersen, who was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will make his season debut. ... Ryan, born in Rumson, New Jersey, will be in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past three games. ... Vatanen participated in the morning skate, but the defenseman remains out and is day to day. ... Hischier did not skate, and the center is day to day.


Stat pack

Iafallo has six goals in his past seven games. ... Palmieri has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games. ... Bratt has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Wood has three goals in his past two games.

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