KINGS (15-8-3) at BLUES (17-7-1)
8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-W, NHL.TV
Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and forward Oskar Sundqvist will be in the lineup when the St. Louis Blues play the Los Angeles Kings at Scottrade Center on Friday.
Gunnarsson has been a healthy scratch the past four games and Sundqvist was scratched in a 3-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
The Kings have won three games in a row and have points in four straight (3-0-1). They defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday.
Players to watch
Kings left wing Marian Gaborik has four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from a knee injury Nov. 24. Gaborik has 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 40 games against the Blues.
Blues defenseman Colton Parayko has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven games after starting the season with five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games.
They said it
"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. Yeah, we've won a few games in a row, but we can still play better. We've got another big game against a conference rival in St. Louis. I believe they're at the top of the League if I'm not mistaken. It's going to be a tough matchup for us. They beat us last time, so it's our turn to return the favor." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
"It's a good feeling walking in the room and seeing your number on the board. So I'm kind of excited for tonight." -- Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli
Marian Gaborik -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis
Jussi Jokinen -- Nic Dowd -- Jonny Brodzinski
Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty
Kurtis MacDermid -- Alec Martinez
Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Torrey Mitchell
Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Andy Andreoff (upper body)
Blues projected lineup
Dmitrij Jaskin -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Vladimir Sobotka
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Jay Bouwmeester
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Magnus Paajarvi, Sammy Blais
Injured: Zach Sanford (shoulder)
The Kings did not hold a morning skate, but Kuemper could start after Quick made 27 saves Thursday. ... Gunnarsson will replace Bortuzzo, and Sundqvist will replace Blais. Jaskin and Sobotka will flip spots in the lineup.
The Kings were 1-6-1 before their current four-game point streak. ... Kopitar has five points (three goals, two assists) the past five games and 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 17 games. ... The Blues have won four of the past six and 11 of 15. ... Schenn (seven goals, 12 assists), Schwartz (five goals, 10 assists) and Tarasenko (six goals, eight assists) have combined for 48 points the past 11 games.