Nothing lasts forever, or so it has been said.
Riding a three-game road winning streak heading into Thursday night, the Kings had plenty of confidence. However, a 6-1 loss to the Penguins likely only brought one tiny bright spot — defenseman Brandt Clarke’s first NHL point, an assist on Carl Grundstrom’s goal.
Refreshed and reloaded after a day off in Washington, coach Todd McLellan is looking for a rebound game out of his group before they all head back to Los Angeles late this evening.
Other than Jacob Moverare, who was a late callup when Alex Edler was sidelined from being hit in the face with a puck during warmups earlier in the week, the only remaining roster player to not see action thus far this season is forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan has yet to make his season debut with the Kings. Assuming it happens tomorrow, who would you like to see him replace in the lineup?
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) October 21, 2022
From all indications, today still isn’t the day for JAD. We’ll see if McLellan has any tricks up his sleeve once it’s time for warmups in the nation’s capital.
One person who should be highly motivated for this contest is Drew Doughty. He loves playing against the best players in the world yet missed both games vs. Washington and Alex Ovechkin last season (November 17 in LA and the road rematch in December). The last time they were on the ice together was February 2020. In that game, LA led 2-1 before Ovechkin recorded a hat trick in the third period to give his team a victory. Doughty was on the ice for the last two goals. Don’t think for a minute he’s forgotten.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Kaliyev – Byfield – Vilardi
Lemieux – Lizotte – Grundstrom
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Clarke
Scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Moverare, Walker
Injured Reserve: Iafallo
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 4:00pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports.
For the Capitals, Evgeny Kuznetsov will be back in at 1C. He missed Washington’s last game while serving a one-game suspension for high-sticking. In net, former Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper is expected to get the start.
Capitals lines at Saturday AM skate:
Extras: McMichael, Malenstyn, Irwin
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) October 22, 2022
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