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Preview: Kings at Flyers

Forward Tyler Toffoli could return for Los Angeles; Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Konecny likely scratched again for Philadelphia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

KINGS (26-21-4) at FLYERS (26-20-6)



Kings team scope

Tyler Toffoli could return to the Los Angeles Kings after being activated Saturday. He has been out since Dec. 20 because of a lower-body injury. At practice Friday he was at right wing on a line with center Jeff Carter and left wing Tanner Pearson. "He'll be a game-time [decision]," coach Darryl Sutter told on Friday. "I'll talk to him tonight. I wanted him to practice with the line today and see, and then go from there." Toffoli, who led the Kings with 31 goals last season, has eight goals and 20 points in 32 games this season. Forward Jordan Nolan is not with the Kings as they start a four-game road trip. He sustained a lower-body injury during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.


Flyers team scope

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and forward Travis Konecny likely will be scratched for the second straight game. Coach Dave Hakstol said he's considering going with the same lineup he used in a 3-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. "It's about winning hockey games," Hakstol told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday. "We're in the middle of a [Stanley Cup] Playoff battle here. ... It's just about a roster and a lineup that gives us the best opportunity to win." Gostisbehere was second in the voting for the Calder Trophy last season but is a Flyers-worst minus-19 in 48 games this season. Konecny, a 19-year-old rookie, has seven goals and 22 points in 50 games. "I'm happy with those two kids," general manager Ron Hextall said. "There's learning curves with young players that old players have been through. And they're going through some ups and downs right now. … I don't like it, they don't like it, [Hakstol] doesn't like it. But it's what the coaching staff deemed the right thing right now. I'm fine with it."


Kings projected lineup

Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford -- Nic Dowd -- Andy Andreoff

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Derek Forbort -- Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb -- Kevin Gravel

Peter Budaj

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Devin Setoguchi, Paul LaDue

Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Jordan Nolan (lower body), Matt Greene (back/groin)


Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Nick Schultz

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Scratched: Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Konecny

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body)


Status report

Setoguchi rotated with Andreoff during practice and could be an option Saturday. … Quick practiced for a second straight day. He was on the ice for about 20 minutes. He has not played since the first period of the Kings' season opener Oct. 12. … Neuvirth will start consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. Del Zotto is day to day, according to Hextall.


Who's hot

Doughty has one goal and six assists during a six-game point streak. … Carter has five goals and eight assists in his past 12 games. … Schenn has seven goals and seven assists in his past 16 games.

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