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Los Angeles looking for season-best third straight win; Vegas is 6-0-1 in past seven home games

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

KINGS (13-20-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (20-15-3)



The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will look to win their third straight game for the first time this season when they play the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Both teams are playing the second game of a back-to-back. 

Cal Petersen is expected to start for Los Angeles, which defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime Saturday. Petersen is 4-4-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Vegas, which lost 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, is 6-0-1 in its past seven home games. Coach Gerard Gallant did not commit to a starting goalie, but Malcolm Subban is expected to start.


Players to watch

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals in his return to the lineup Saturday after missing 10 games with an ankle injury.

Golden Knights forward Brandon Pirri has three goals in two games since being recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.


They said it

"You definitely get a vibe in the room when everybody's going at the same time, so if we just keep doing that and keep getting momentum every game, it's going to be huge for us." -- Kings forward Alex Iafallo

"It's always fun playing a rival in the same division. They're two huge points that we need, and they're thinking the same thing. We have to come out ready to go and finish it off." -- Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Brendan Leipsic -- Nate Thompson -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Nikita Scherbak -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Sean Walker

Daniel Brickley -- Oscar Fantenberg

Cal Petersen

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Paul LaDue

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body), Dion Phaneuf (upper body), Carl Hagelin (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Austin Wagner (upper body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Alex Tuch

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Tomas Nosek -- Cody Eakin -- Oscar Lindberg

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Nick Holden -- Brad Hunt

Malcolm Subban

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: Max Pacioretty (undisclosed), Colin Miller (undisclosed), Erik Haula (lower body)


Status report

Gallant said there would be changes to the lineup, but did not disclose specific details. … Miller skated on his own for the first time Sunday but will miss his third straight game.


Stat pack

Iafallo has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak. … Kopitar is two goals from 300 in the NHL. … Tuch has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 16 games.

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