What’s the easiest way to erase a disappointing road trip? In the words of Motley Crue… Home Sweet Home.
The Kings last played at Crypto Arena on November 10 and they skated to their fourth straight home victory – with the last three coming down to a single goal margin. So, they were close. When the Rangers and Kings played a pair of games last season, it was the home team coming out on top in each game.
As of last word, Kings defenseman Sean Durzi remained sidelined with what is being described as a day-to-day injury. Unless something changes between now and warmups later this evening, that should mean Jacob Moverare starts on defense for the second straight game. He played nearly 14 minutes vs. Seattle on Saturday, while leading all LA skaters with five shots on goal.
Up front, it appears coach Todd McLellan will look to reunite Kevin Fiala with the top-line tandem of Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe. Beyond tracking to see if that trio has a better second act than their first, it will be worth monitoring how this impacts Gabe Vilardi, as well. He’s now gone six games without a goal — and didn’t even record a SOG in Seattle — after being highly effective through the first 15 games of the season.
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. New York Rangers
Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Vilardi – Lizotte – Grundstrom
JAD – Kupari – Kaliyev
Anderson – Doughty
Edler – Roy
Moverare – Walker
Scratches: Andersson, Durzi
Injured Reserve: Lemieux
Long-term Injured Reserve: Iafallo
ICYMI: We posted Alex Turcotte, Brandt Clarke, and Quinton Byfield updates recently. See below for the links.
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports.
Mayor’s Manor founder John Hoven will join the Kings-Rangers broadcast during first intermission to discuss a myriad of hot topics.
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) November 22, 2022
Former Kings and Rangers center Bernie Nicholls joined Kings Of The Podcast this week to share some great stories from his playing days in both cities. Be sure to check it out here:
Last time out, the Rangers defeated the Sharks 2-1 in San Jose on Saturday.
D pairs look the same:
Hajek rotating in.
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) November 21, 2022
Igor Shesterkin is the presumed starting goaltender in LA, with Jaroslav Halak more likely to get the nod vs. Anaheim.
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