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Golden Knights at Kings preview

Vegas seeks to build momentum before playoffs; Los Angeles tries to close disappointing season with win

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (43-31-7) at KINGS (30-42-9)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to build momentum for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.

The Golden Knights, who will finish third in the Pacific Division and face the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round, are 1-4-2 in their past seven games after losing 4-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

The Kings will finish last in the Western Conference for the first time since 2007-08. They are playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing 5-2 at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.


Players to watch

Golden Knights center William Karlsson has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. He has one goal in four games against the Kings this season.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has five assists in his past six games. He has two points (one goal, one assist) in four games against the Golden Knights.


They said it

"We didn't play a strong game against Arizona at all, so we have to get back to the basics, get back to simplifying our game. We want to play to our identity." -- Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch

"I think it's a chance for the younger guys to show what they can do. I think it's a tough situation for some of the veteran players, but it's a home game, so I look forward to it." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Ryan Carpenter -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Valentin Zykov

Nate Schmidt -- Brayden McNabb

Nick Holden -- Shea Theodore

Jimmy Schuldt -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Colin Miller, Jon Merrill, Brandon Pirri, Ryan Reaves, Tomas Nosek

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Blake Lizotte -- Trevor Lewis

Austin Wagner -- Michael Amadio -- Jonny Brodzinski

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Paul LaDue -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Dion Phaneuf, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jeff Carter

Injured: Kurtis MacDermid (upper body), Brendan Leipsic (lower body)


Status report

Schuldt will make his NHL debut after signing an entry-level contract Wednesday. … Lizotte will make his NHL debut after signing an entry-level contract Tuesday. He had 69 points (22 goals, 47 assists) in two seasons at St. Cloud State, where Lizotte and Schuldt were teammates.


Stat pack

Karlsson needs one assist for 100 in his NHL career. Smith and Marchessault each has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. … Brown has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … The Kings are 5-3-1 since being eliminated from playoff contention, including a 3-1-0 record at home.

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