EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --
After using largely the same lineup for most of his tenure as Los Angeles Kings
coach, Darryl Sutter
will have one new wrinkle tonight.
Forward Kevin Westgarth
, who has played just twice since Sutter became coach Dec. 20, will be inserted at right wing on the fourth line against the Ottawa Senators
Sutter previously has gone with Trent Hunter
in that spot, on a line with Colin Fraser
and Kyle Clifford
, because Hunter brings more offensive potential. But L.A. is coming off a disappointing loss to Colorado in which only its top line was a factor. The Kings have scored five goals in regulation the past four games.
"The fourth line has been sort of off on the energy part of it here, so we’ll see if we can give it a different look," Sutter said.
In his last game, Jan. 7, Westgarth played just two shifts, totaling 55 seconds. His last extended action was Dec. 26.
The Senators enter the game coming off a loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks
. They haven't lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov. 9-11, but team history suggests that streak could be in jeopardy: The Senators have won just once in Los Angeles in franchise history (1-10-1). Their only win at L.A. was Jan. 11, 2000.
Here is what the lineups for the Kings and Senators likely will go with tonight:
- Jason Spezza
- Bobby Butler
- Kyle Turris
- Daniel Alfredsson
- Zack Smith
- Chris Neil
- Zenon Konopka
- Erik Condra
- Erik Karlsson
- Sergei Gonchar
- Mark Borowiecki
will start in goal, with Alex Auld
- Anze Kopitar
- Justin Williams
- Mike Richards
- Jarret Stoll
- Andrei Loktionov
- Trevor Lewis
- Colin Fraser
- Kevin Westgarth
- Rob Scuderi
- Matt Greene
- Slava Voynov
will start in goal, with Jonathan Bernier