Coming off an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, the Kings stayed in the state of Florida for a game scheduled with the Panthers on Thursday.
Doughty has entered covid protocol
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 16, 2021
Tonight’s lineup is expected to feature a few changes following the activation of Blake Lizotte from protocol and Mikey Anderson seemingly recovered from the illness that sidelined him last time out. Lias Andersson could draw back in for the first time since December 6 at Vancouver. If so, Trevor Moore would most likely be the odd man/forward out.
The only remaining lineup question revolves around who will start in goal. Until further information is available, we’re projecting Jonathan Quick to remain the starter.
LA KINGS PROJECTED LINEUP vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS on 12/16
Kempe – Kopitar – Brown
Iafallo – Danault – Arvidsson
Andersson – Kupari – Grundstrom
Lemieux – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Other options: Moore
NOTE: Athanasiou has been moved to IR (returned to LA for evaluation)
Bjornfot – Anderson
Maatta – Roy
Wolanin – Durzi
Other options: N/A
On the Panthers side of things:
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 16, 2021
KINGS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Anze Kopitar – needs 46 points to pass Dave Taylor for third on the Kings all-time scoring list
Dustin Brown — 9 goals away from passing Bernie Nicholls for fifth place in Kings franchise history
Drew Doughty — 14 games away from playing in his 1,000th NHL regular season game
Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 pm PST tonight and the game will be on Bally Sports Network.
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