Frozen Fury has a bit of a different feel in 2021. Not only have the festivities been moved to Utah after two decades of fun in Las Vegas, but the timing of this year’s event on LA’s preseason schedule is perhaps even more important.
Historically, Frozen Fury came over the final weekend of preseason activity, so the lineup was usually more than 80% of what the Kings would look like come Opening Night. Even so, the ghosts of Frozen Fury past also provide a few names of Kings prospects who never quite made it to the NHL on a full-time basis, like Brad Guzda (winning goalie for LA at the first Frozen Fury in 1997).
This year, it will probably be a mixed bag of established NHL players and hopeful prospects.
With a few moves made over the past 48 hours, we’re certainly getting closer to seeing a more normal LA Kings game lineup — yet, it’s still a ways off from being completely finalized. For example, coach Todd McLellan still has a baker’s dozen of forwards auditioning for the final four roster spots up front; and it’s down to three guys vying for one spot on the blueline – a.k.a the seventh defenseman role.
LA KINGS PROJECTED LINEUP at FROZEN FURY
Kempe – Danault – Iafallo
Thachev – Vilardi – Andersson
Wagner – Byfield – Kupari
Lemieux – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Other options: Kopitar, Brown, Arvidsson, Moore, Grundstrom, JAD, and Frk
Maatta – Strand
Bjornfot – Roy
Edler – Walker
Other options: Anderson, Doughty, Wolanin, Spence, and Clague
We’re expecting most (if not all) of the scratches from tonight to play in the rematch on Friday in Las Vegas.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm tonight and the game will be televised, the first Kings game to appear on TNT.
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