Coming off a huge win in Vegas on Friday night, the Kings are right back at it again tonight. And while this likely won’t feel like last season’s glut of two-game series, Saturday night will mark the first of two straight games in Arizona vs. the Coyotes.
Coach Todd McLellan has had his team more than ready for some of the elite teams around the NHL this season. If LA is serious about making it into the playoffs this season, they also need to beat the teams below them in the standings — which is where the Coyotes sit at the moment. In their only match up thus far this season, Arizona skated to a 2-1 OT victory in LA last November.
Of course, one of the big topics surrounding the Kings and Coyotes right now is a possible trade for defenseman Jacob Chychrun.
LA KINGS PROJECTED LINEUP vs. ARIZONA COYOTES on 2/19
Iafallo – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Athanasiou – Byfield – Brown
Lemieux – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Other options: Grundstrom
Anderson – Doughty
Maatta – Roy
Björnfot – Durzi
Other options: Moverare
On the Arizona side of things:
Barrett Hayton will return to the lineup against the LA Kings on Saturday. Hayton has not played since Jan. 6 vs. Chicago.
Karel Vejmelka will start in goal.
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) February 18, 2022
Hayton's back, let's roll. 🕺 pic.twitter.com/AsrgwDAIdS
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 20, 2022
KINGS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Anze Kopitar – needs 26 points to pass Dave Taylor for third on the Kings all-time scoring list
Dustin Brown — 6 goals away from passing Bernie Nicholls for fifth place in Kings franchise history
Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00pm PST tonight and the game will be televised on Bally Sports.
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