With about 20 games gone in the 2022-23 NHL season, Todd McLellan’s LA Kings continue to provide more questions than answers. One thing is certain, though — their opponents on Saturday night were not the same team from a year ago.
Having quickly shaken their ‘expansion team’ label, the Seattle Kraken have given the Kings fits in two separate meetings thus far. And it’s largely thanks to goaltender Martin Jones. He stymied the Kings in LA last month and put on a repeat performance by leading his team to an overtime victory at home, stamping the Kings four game road trip with a down note.
Below are select highlights from the game:
Additional Post-Game Notes:
— Defenseman Sean Durzi was a late scratch from the game. He has a lower body injury and is said to be day-to-day.
— As expected, Jacob Moverare made his return to the Kings lineup, getting some NHL action for the first time this season. He led the team with five hits.
— Gabe Vilardi, who previously had recorded a goal in every homestand and road trip this season, was held without a shot on goal vs. the Kraken. He’s now gone six games without a goal.
— With an assist, Viktor Arvidsson now has five points in his last four games.
— Trevor Moore scored his eighth career shorthanded goal, all with the LA Kings. Since joining the team in February 2020, those eight shorthanded goals lead all Kings skaters.
Projected Lineups: LA Kings at Seattle Kraken, Trying to Get Back to Even
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