Coming off a solid win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night at home, coach Todd McLellan and his LA Kings are now in Colorado for a quick one-game road trip. We’re not expecting any lineup changes for the team’s first matchup with the Avalanche this season.
Here’s what McLellan had to say when asked if this was a measuring stick game tonight:
“The season is so long. We’re not even halfway there yet. They’re important games; they’re tough games. I can’t remember the last time we’ve won in Colorado. We’ll mention that to the group. We’ll see if we’ve closed the gap. The gap [between us and the Avs] has tended to be pretty wide. But, we’ll see if we’ve closed the gap a little bit and we’ll come back on Friday and practice, then get ready to do it all over again. I think it’s a little bit early, at least in my opinion, for that type of address to the team.”
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. Colorado Avalanche
Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe
Iafallo – Danault – Arvidsson
JAD – Lizotte – Vilardi
Lemieux – Byfield – Kupari
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Walker
Scratches: Grundstrom, Moore, Spence
Injured Reserve: Kaliyev (retro to Dec. 20, expected out several weeks)
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 6:00pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports West.
In Colorado’s last game played, they were downed by the Coyotes 6-3 in Arizona on Tuesday.
Here’s how the Avalanche lined up for that one:
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 28, 2022
LA will be wearing their black jerseys, as Colorado is going with their Reverse Retro kit tonight:
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 29, 2022
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