Having already secured three wins thus far on their homestand, the Kings are looking to close things out with a perfect 4-0 record on Saturday night. Standing in their way will be a Detroit Red Wings team who have dropped two straight and fell to LA 5-4 in overtime last month.
With his team on a mild hot streak, coach Todd McLellan isn’t expected to tweak his lineup very much for this one – sans swapping out who is in goal. If that holds, it leads to an interesting scenario that should play itself out over the next 24 hours. By scratching rookie Brandt Clarke for the fifth straight game, he would now be eligible for a two-week conditioning assignment in the AHL — even though, technically, he isn’t eligible to be assigned to the AHL long-term. With the Kings set to fly to Calgary tomorrow to begin a four-game road trip, there is a possibility Clarke won’t be on that plane. Would he be assigned in time for tomorrow’s Reign home game? That remains to be seen. If they miss that window, Ontario won’t play again until next Friday, which would give him time to get a few practices in with the club.
It’s a scenario similar to what happened with Brayden Schenn 12 years ago:
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. Detroit Red Wings
Kempe – Kopitar – Vilardi
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Fiala – Kupari – Grundstrom
Lemieux – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Walker
Scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Clarke
Long-term Injured Reserve: Iafallo
ICYMI: We posted an important Quinton Byfield story recently. See below for a link.
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports.
For the first time this season, the Kings will debut their new Reverse Retro sweaters.
As for the Red Wings…
Lines this morning in LA
Suter Larkin Raymond
Kubalik Copp Perron
Erne Rasmussen Sundqvist
Berggren Veleno Czarnik
— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) November 12, 2022
Lalonde says Nedeljkovic starting tonight
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) November 12, 2022
Where is forward Matt Luff? See here.
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