Heading out on a road trip coming off a win at home tends to put a little pep in your step. And that’s exactly what the Kings had when they boarded a plane for St. Louis on Sunday. Unfortunately, they did not have forward Quinton Byfield with them.
LA Kings kick off 3-game road trip tomorrow night vs. the Blues.
This morning's practice was cancelled. However, a few players still skated – including Clarke and JAD.
Quinton Byfield did not fly to STL today. May still join trip in progress. McLellan will likely update tmrw.
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) October 30, 2022
After being a late scratch on Thursday due to being ill, the 20-year-old center went on to miss Friday’s practice and Saturday’s game, as well. His return date has yet to be established. From what we understand, Byfield is still experiencing flu-like symptoms. Yet, if he feels better soon, it is possible he joins the team mid-trip.
As for his absence in the lineup, Rasmus Kupari filled in at 3C for coach Todd McClellan last time out, logging 8:22 of ice time and finishing the night as a plus-1. For now, he’s expected to remain on LA’a third line.
On defense, Brandt Clarke could return to the lineup today after sitting out Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs. If so, it would mark Game 9 of his NHL journey. More on the Kings immediate plans with the 19-year-old blueliner can be found at the link below… right after the Halloween article.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs St. Louis Blues
Kempe – Kopitar – Vilardi
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Fiala – Kupari – Grundstrom
Lemieux – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Clarke
Scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Byfield, Walker
Long-term Injured Reserve: Iafallo
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 5:00pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports.
One other lineup change, which we saw in yesterday’s practice, Brown will be in for Walker. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 31, 2022
#stlblues practice lines:
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 30, 2022
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