Entering Game 2 of LA’s 2022-23 NHL season, a classic expression would certainly fit — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Kings coach Todd McLellan recently shared a slightly different sentiment and it may be slightly more applicable…
Maybe Todd was right.
Maybe Game 1 doesn't matter.
— The Mayor (@mayorNHL) October 12, 2022
Following an Opening Night loss to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, McLellan and the Kings return to downtown LA for a second attempt at their first win of the young season. Expectations are, teenage rookie prospect, Brandt Clarke, will likely make his NHL debut.
In advance of Thursday’s morning skate, we’ve prepared a (perhaps way too early) projected lineup for game 2 vs. Seattle.
NOTE: the fourth line and D-pairings will be adjusted as needed following the Kings 10:30am skate at TSPC.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs Seattle Kraken
Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Kaliyev
Iafallo – Byfield – Vilardi
Lemieux – Lizotte – Grundstrom
Anderson – Doughty
Walker – Roy
Edler – Clarke
Healthy scratches: Anderson-Dolan and Durzi; plus Arvidsson (illness)
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm PST on Thursday and will be televised by Bally Sports.
Over on the Seattle side of things, here are a few additional items to pass along…
— The Kraken began their 2022-23 campaign with a 5-4 overtime loss in Anaheim on Wednesday night. Despite putting up 48 shots on goal (a team record) and holding a two-goal lead early in the third period (courtesy of rookie Matty Beniers), it still wasn’t enough. “We’ve just got to figure out how to close out those games,” Beniers said following the disappointed loss.
— Former Kings goalie Martin Jones will return to face his former team.
#SeaKraken coach Dave Hakstol confirms Martin Jones starts in goal against his first NHL team here in LA tonight. Forward Morgan Geekie will be in the lineup too after healthy scratch Wednesday night.
— Bob Condor (@ByBobCondor) October 13, 2022
— After earning universal praise for their initial pair of home and road jerseys, the Kraken may be going for the fashion trifecta if in fact this rumored Reverse Retro is what they go with this season:
The Seattle Kraken are known to be using a old team not named the Metropoltians. I believe (not confirmation) that they will throw it back to 1951 to the Seattle Ironmen in this concept.@orionataylor pic.twitter.com/IG4yvcqc1Q
— Ali Murji (@AliMurji1) October 12, 2022
LA’s 2022-23 Reverse Retro jersey can be found here.
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