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Campbell returns for Los Angeles; Vegas goes for fourth straight win

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

KINGS (16-21-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (23-15-4)



The game

The Vegas Golden Knights will look for their fourth straight win when they host the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Vegas is on a six-game point streak (4-0-2) and a nine-game point streak at home (7-0-2) dating to Nov. 23. The Golden Knights trail the Calgary Flames by two points for first place in the Pacific Division; Vegas was second-to-last in the Western Conference on Nov. 16.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 6-0-3 in his past nine starts, is expected to start for Vegas.

Jack Campbell is expected to start for the Kings for the first time since sustaining a knee injury Nov. 10.

Los Angeles, which is playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime on Monday, has won five of its past six (5-1-0).


Players to watch

Kings captain Anze Kopitar is on a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists) and is one goal from 300 in the NHL.

Golden Knights center Paul Stastny in on a three-game multipoint streak (three goals, three assists). He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in nine games since returning from injury Dec. 14.


They said it

"We feel a little bit more confident in our game. We feel, when we're going in, we've got a chance to win every night, and that's a good feeling. We've had lots of tough games lately ... nothing's ever easy." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins

"[Los Angeles] has been playing a lot better lately. They're a team that plays us hard no matter what. It doesn't diminish the rivalry at all." -- Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Matt Luff

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Austin Wagner -- Brendan Leipsic

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Sean Walker

Oscar Fantenberg -- Dion Phaneuf

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Nikita Scherbak

Injured: Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Carl Hagelin (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Alec Martinez (upper body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Cody Eakin -- Ryan Carpenter

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Brad Hunt, Oscar Lindberg

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


Status report

Pacioretty participated in the morning skate, but is still day to day and will not play, coach Gerard Gallant said. ... Miller will not play.


Stat pack

Iafallo has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 10 games. … Tuch is on a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists). ... This is the fourth game between the teams since Dec. 8 and third since Dec. 23. The Kings are 2-1-0.

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