This season, game day morning skates for home games have been optional more often than not. With that in mind, we’ll assume today’s scheduled 10am session will follow suit.
That can also lead to a bit of challenge when projecting the lineup. However, coach Todd McLellan has been following a steady rotation of late with the goaltenders, so look for Jonathan Quick to get the start in net. Up front, the only question is if Matt Luff remains in the lineup. Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid could possibly sub in for Olli Maatta for some fresh legs on the second game of a back-to-back and third game in four days.
LA Kings projected lineup for Game 23 vs. STL
Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown
Athanasiou – Vilardi – Carter
Kempe – Kupari – Moore
Grundstrom – Lizotte – Luff
Anderson – Doughty
Bjornfot – Roy
Maatta – Walker
Other players available:
Martin Frk (IR)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan (IR)
Current taxi squad listed as – Sean Durzi, Mikey Eyssimont, Tyler Madden, and Matt Villalta
We fully expect Durzi, Eyssimont, and Madden to play for AHL Ontario this afternoon, so there will need to be some taxi adjustments today.
NOTE: This article will be updated with McLellan quotes following his media scrum
Update – Morning skate has been canceled and there will not be any pregame media availability. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 pm PST.
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