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Kings at Golden Knights preview

Los Angeles goes for season-high third straight win; Vegas eyes team record ninth victory in row

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (24-35-6) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (36-22-8)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to set a team record with their ninth consecutive win when they play the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

The Golden Knights last won eight in a row from Dec. 14, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018, their inaugural season in the NHL. Vegas has also won seven straight games at home and leads the Edmonton Oilers by four points for first place in the Pacific Division.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Golden Knights and try to win his sixth consecutive game. He's 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in his past five.

The Kings look to match a season-high with their third consecutive win. This is their lone road game in a 15-game stretch.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past eight games.

Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez will face the Kings for the first time. He was traded to Vegas on Feb. 19 after playing his first 10 NHL seasons with Los Angeles.


They said it

"It will be really cool. He's doing well, too, so it'll be fun to see him out there and get a few smiles with him." -- Kings forward Alex Iafallo on facing Alec Martinez

"Really excited. I was there for a long time, made a lot of memories with those guys. At the end of the day, we're in a playoff push here. The other side of it, it's two points on the line." -- Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Trevor Moore -- Blake Lizotte -- Trevor Lewis

Adrian Kempe -- Gabriel Vilardi -- Martin Frk

Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Michael Amadio -- Austin Wagner

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Sean Walker

Mikey Anderson -- Matt Roy

Calvin Petersen

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Joakim Ryan

Injured: Jeff Carter (lower body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Paul Stastny -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- William Karlsson -- Chandler Stephenson

Brandon Pirri -- Nick Cousins -- Nicolas Roy

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Alec Martinez -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Zach Whitecloud

Marc-Andre Fleury

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Deryk Engelland, Jon Merrill

Injured: Mark Stone (lower body), Alex Tuch (lower body)


Status report

Stone, a forward, is week to week and expected to return before the end of the regular season, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. … Pirri was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday. … Nosek (undisclosed) is a game-time decision.


Stat pack

Iafallo has six assists in his past eight games. … Karlsson is one goal from 100 in the NHL. He's scored four during a three-game point streak. … Pacioretty has eight points (four goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak.

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