KINGS (5-10-0) at SENATORS (4-9-1)
7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-W, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Bobby Ryan, Mikkel Boedker
Injured: Colin White (groin, hip flexor), Scott Sabourin (nose), Logan Brown (shoulder), Rudolfs Balcers (lower body)
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.
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).