After sitting out five games, forward Brendan Lemiuex will return to the Kings lineup tonight vs. Minnesota.
When the Wild played at Staples Center back in October, Lemieux was a healthy scratch that night (a 3-2 Kings loss). Interestingly, with the 25-year-old in the lineup this season, LA has an impressive 9-3-2 record.
Tonight will also feature the return of these:
LAK going retro tonight… pic.twitter.com/BETg2R9rX7
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 11, 2021
And if you’re not going to the game, make sure you tune-in during second intermission:
Excited for an appearance by the Mayor! https://t.co/ctFOnitLI8
— Patrick O'Neal (@Patrick_ONeal) December 11, 2021
LA KINGS PROJECTED LINEUP vs. MINNESOTA WILD on 12/10
Kempe – Kopitar – Brown
Iafallo – Danault – Arvidsson
Athanasiou – Kupari – Kaliyev
Lemieux – Moore – Grundstrom
Other options: Andersson and Anderson-Dolan
Anderson – Doughty
Edler – Roy
Björnfot – Durzi
Other options: Maatta
On the Wild side of things:
Minnesota is pretty, pretty good — Thursday night was their eighth consecutive victory, coming in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 10, 2021
Playing the Wild has been a bit of a horror show for the Kings in recent years, especially last season. Over the past 16 meetings, Minnesota holds an 8-5-3 record vs. LA and they’ve picked up at least one point in 11 of those 16 games.
This will be the last game between the two teams in California this season and they won’t meet up again until an April 10 matchup in Minnesota.
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 — 16 games away from playing in his 1,000th NHL regular season game
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm PST tonight and the game will be on Bally Sports Network.
Lead photo via ALo Images
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