Over the weekend, the Kings wrapped up their 8-game season series vs. the Anaheim Ducks. Now it’s time to do the same in Arizona against the Coyotes. To date, LA holds a 3-2-1 record when playing Rick Tocchet’s club this season.
At the pre-game skate earlier today, perhaps the most intriguing note is that Alex Iafallo wasn’t skating in the group with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
This is how coach Todd McLellan grouped his players this morning:
White jerseys: Anderson-Dolan, Andersson, Grundstrom, Iafallo, Lemieux, Luff and Wagner
Grey jerseys: Athanasiou, Byfield, Brown, Kempe, Kopitar, Moore, Vilardi
A little light was shed on the situation at the post-skate media availability.
Kempe up with Kopitar tonight — per McLellan
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McLellan also confirmed Grundstrom will play tonight when we asked about him during the zoom call.
Armed with a few tea leaves, we’ll play along and take a shot at the lineup…
LA Kings projected lineup vs. Arizona Coyotes
Kempe – Kopitar – Brown
Athanasiou – Byfield – Moore
Iafallo – Vilardi – Andersson
Lemieux – JAD – Grundstrom
Bjornfot – Roy
Maatta – Walker
Other players available:
Not on the trip:
Blake Lizotte (injured, upper body)
Troy Grosenick, Drake Rymsha, Cole Hults, and Tyler Madden
On the Arizona side, Phil Kessel’s next point will make him the 14th American to join the 900 point club. They’re also potentially without several players, including: Tyler Pitlick (day to day, lower body), Antti Raanta (day to day, upper body), and Conor Garland (week to week, lower body).
For an updated look at the plan for Byfield this week, see the article linked below.
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