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Dansk could start for Vegas; Kopitar looks to extend scoring streak for Los Angeles

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (3-2-0) at KINGS (2-2-0)



The Game

Anze Kopitar will try to extend his point streak to start the season to five games when the Los Angeles Kings face the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center on Sunday.

Kopitar had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles' 7-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, giving him seven points (two goals, five assists). His longest point streak to start a season was in 2011-12, when he had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his first six games. 

The Golden Knights won 6-2 against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, with William Carrier scoring the go-ahead goal as part of his first multipoint game of the season.


Players to watch

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has eight points (three goals, five assists) in five games. Stone, who had a goal and an assist against the Flames for his fourth multipoint game of the season, needs one assist for 200 in the NHL.

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist against the Predators. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in four games.


They said it

"We're looking forward to it. It's going to be a tough game. L.A. had a real good game [Saturday]. They'll be on a high [Sunday]." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"It's much more aggressive. We're turning over way more pucks. I don't want to compare it to years past cause it's a completely different team, different system, everything, but it allows our forwards to get going with the puck in the right way." -- Kings forward Dustin Brown on forechecking plan under coach Todd McLellan


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith   

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Valentin Zykov -- Cody Eakin -- Cody Glass   

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Oscar Dansk

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jake Bischoff, Brandon Pirri

Injured: Nate Schmidt (lower body), Alex Tuch (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Zach Whitecloud (upper body)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli   

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis  

Kyle Clifford -- Adrian Kempe -- Austin Wagner  

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Tobias Bjornfot, Carl Grundstrom, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Derek Forbort(back)


Status report

Quick is expected to start for the first time since allowing an NHL career-worst eight goals in an 8-2 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. … Dansk is expected to make his first start of the season. He went 3-0-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in four games in 2017-18. … Neither team held a morning skate.


Stat pack

Gallant needs one win for 250 in his NHL career (249-199-45 with four ties). … Quick has allowed at least five goals in four of his past six starts dating back to last season. … Glass scored a goal against the Flames and has points in three straight games (three points; one goal, two assists). The rookie has four points (two goals, two assists) in five games.

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