Truth be told, this isn’t the Penguins game everybody circled on their calendars coming into this season — that’s the February game in LA, where Dustin Brown will have his jersey retired.
Nonetheless, coach Todd McLellan and his band of merry men arrive in Pittsburgh riding a three-game winning streak and looking to keep the good times rolling. Last season, the Kings topped the Penguins in both meetings, winning by scores of 6-2 and 4-3. Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen each scored a victory in those games. Additionally, from the ‘hard to believe’ department, Jeff Carter was held off the scoresheet in both contests.
Heading into Game 6 of the season, most of the Kings line combos are fairly set. However, Jaret Anderson-Dolan is going to have to get into a game at some point, isn’t he? Even though coaches usually don’t like to change their lineups coming off a win, LA will be playing their third game in four nights on Thursday… and McLellan had previously referenced getting everybody involved during the road trip.
On defense, Alex Edler’s availability remains in question coming off the injury he suffered in warmups on Monday.
Also of note, we checked in on the status of Alex Iafallo and his leg injury and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back soon. However, the exact timeframe hasn’t been established yet, it’s still being categorized as week-to-week.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Kaliyev – Byfield – Vilardi
Lemieux – Lizotte – Grundstrom
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Clarke – Walker
Scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Edler, Moverare
Injured Reserve: Iafallo
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 4:00pm PST on Thursday and will be televised by Bally Sports.
Coach Sullivan's lineup updates for tonight vs. LA:
– Tristan Jarry will start in goal.
– Teddy Blueger will not play.
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 20, 2022
The Penguins workflow remains the same:
Blueger is playing on the fourth D pair with Ruhwedel.
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 19, 2022
Pittsburgh is going to be wearing their alternate jersey tonight, with the diagonal letters across the chest.
REVERSE RETRO JERSEYS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE NOW!
Full details and schedule: https://t.co/BOcDvytUnJ pic.twitter.com/4Onc2Nsri9
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 20, 2022
The Kings officially announced their Reverse Retro jersey earlier today. Here’s the schedule:
LA Kings Reverse Retro jersey schedule…
Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Detroit
Saturday, Dec. 17 vs. San Jose
Friday, Dec. 23 @ Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 31 vs. Philadelphia
Saturday, Jan. 7 @ Vegas
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) October 20, 2022
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