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Doughty can pass Blake for most points by Los Angeles defenseman; Elliott starts for Philadelphia

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

KINGS (18-26-5) at FLYERS (25-17-6)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

Drew Doughty can become the highest-scoring defenseman in the history of the Los Angeles Kings when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Doughty, who has 494 points (116 goals, 378 assists in 901 games) with the Kings, is tied with Rob Blake (494 points; 161 goals, 333 assists in 805 games) for the most by a Los Angeles defenseman; Blake is now the Kings general manager.

Doughty tied Blake with an assist in Los Angeles' 4-3 loss at the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

The Kings are winless in three straight (0-2-1) and are 3-8-2 in their past 13 games.

Goalie Brian Elliott will start for the Flyers, 3-2-0 in their past five games after going 1-4-1 in their previous six. In his last start, Elliott made 30 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

Flyers center Sean Couturier has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.  

 

They said it

"The coaching staff doesn't mind, the organization, even teammates don't mind when mistakes are made. We're human beings and we're giving everything we have most nights. But when there's neglect to positional play or structure, for something as simple as a face-off, when we just saw it three times in a meeting? Unacceptable." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"If we want to be in a good spot in the playoffs, we need our power play to get going. We don't really care how we do it. We need our power play to be big for us." -- Flyers forward Claude Giroux

 

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

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Derek Forbort -- Sean Walker   

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Matt Luff

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

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel  

Joel Farabee -- Connor Bunnaman -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Philippe Myers   

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

Scratched: None

Injured: Carter Hart (abdominal strain), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee), Nolan Patrick (migraines), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma)

 

Status report

The Kings did not hold a morning skate Saturday. … Braun skated Saturday and is expected to return after missing six games because of a groin injury. 

 

Stat pack

Carter has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games after having no points in his previous seven. … Quick, expected to start, is 1-5-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in his past seven starts. … Giroux has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 18 games against Los Angeles. … The Flyers are 4-7-2 against the Pacific Division, including a 5-3 loss at the Kings on Dec 31.

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