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Forward Davidsson to make NHL debut for Ottawa; Campbell to start for Los Angeles

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (5-10-0) at SENATORS (4-9-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

Jonathan Davidsson will make his NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The 22-year-old forward was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League, where he had three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games. Davidsson, acquired in the trade that sent Matt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 22, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the sixth round (No. 170) of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Forward Bobby Ryan will be a healthy scratch for the second time this season for the Senators, who have alternated wins and losses for the past six games.

Goalie Anders Nilsson will start. He's 2-3-1 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in six games.

Goalie Jack Campbell will start for the Kings, who are 1-5-0 in their past six games and have been outscored 26-11 during the stretch.


Players to watch

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games.

Senators forward Connor Brown has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"[I expect from the Senators] probably a lot like what I expect from our team: a competitive game, well prepared, ready to play. We know there will be mistakes with our group. I'm sure they know there will be some with their group. Each night is a new experience for both groups and we're trying to find our way and improve." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"I talked with Troy [Mann], my coach [in Belleville], and he said to me yesterday that I'd been playing very well [that] weekend and just to build on that. I thought the meeting was over and then he said, 'You're going up to Ottawa.' And I was a bit in a shock that moment. It was so unreal. I got so happy and so excited, hugged Troy and then talked to my girlfriend. It almost brought a little tear to our eyes." -- Senators forward Jonathan Davidsson


Kings projected lineup

Tyler Toffoli -- Anze Kopitar -- Jeff Carter

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Alex Iafallo -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Nikolai Prokhorkin, Carl Grundstrom

Injured: Derek Forbort (back)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- J.C. Beaudin -- Jonathan Davidsson

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Bobby Ryan, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Colin White (groin, hip flexor), Scott Sabourin (nose), Logan Brown (shoulder), Rudolfs Balcers (lower body)


Status report

White has come off injured reserve. He is practicing with Belleville and will play an AHL game for conditioning Friday. … Balcers is practicing in a non-contact jersey with the Senators and will take the same path as White once healthy.


Stat pack

Kovalchuk has 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists) in 40 games against Ottawa. … The Senators' power play ranks 31st in the NHL (7.7 percent) and the Kings are 29th in the same category (10.3 percent).

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