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Kings at Golden Knights preview

Los Angeles, Vegas face off for first time in game between Pacific Division's top two teams

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

KINGS (12-6-2) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (11-6-1)



The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will play the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time in a matchup of the top two teams in the Pacific Division at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The Kings, playing the second of a back-to-back set, defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak. Goalie Jonathan Quick will start after backup Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for his second win of the season.

The Golden Knights have won two of their past three games after a 1-4-1 road trip. Goalie Maxime Lagace will start even though goalie Malcolm Subban was activated from injured reserve Friday. 

Defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower body) is expected to miss his third straight game.


Players to watch

Forward Jussi Jokinen has two assists in two games with the Kings since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for forward Michael Cammalleri on Nov. 14. He had one assist in 14 games with the Oilers.

Golden Knights forward William Karlsson has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. He has scored all seven of his goals in his past 12 games.


They said it

"I think there's lots of time to go to Vegas for things other than hockey. From the outside, it might look like that's an issue. I think the fact that we're going and playing a big division game, what goes on outside the rink there I think is a non-issue." -- Kings coach John Stevens

"Win or lose, you want to be out there with your team. It's tough when you can't, especially when there are long road trips and you're back home. It [stinks] sometimes." -- Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Andy Andreoff

Trevor Lewis -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Jussi Jokinen -- Nic Dowd -- Jonny Brodzinski 

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermid -- Christian Folin

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Brooks Laich

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


Golden Knights projected lineup

David Perron -- Erik Haula -- James Neal

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Tomas Nosek

Nate Schmidt -- Shea Theodore

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Brad Hunt

Maxime Lagace

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Brendan Leipsic

Injured: Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Luca Sbisa (lower body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … The Kings assigned forward Andrew Crescenzi to Ontario of the American Hockey League. ... Theodore is expected to be in the lineup for the second straight game after playing a season-high 21:04 in a 5-2 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.


Stat pack

Vegas has outscored its opponents 24-10 in its past five home games. … Kopitar's 10-game point streak (three goals, nine assists) ended Saturday.

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