For the second time this season, it’s Reverse Retro night in Los Angeles.
The Kings arrive home after an extended road trip out east; now they get three straight home games vs. Pacific Division opponents. And coach Todd McLellan is getting back one of his key offensive weapons.
LA KINGS ROSTER MOVES
Kupari recalled from AHL
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After missing a pair of games, we will assume Viktor Arvidsson slides back into his usual spot at right wing on the second line. In 29 games played this season, the Swedish forward has posted 22 points (8G, 14A).
At some point, Adrian Kempe will likely move from center back to wing. When that happens, there will be a reshuffling of the bottom six deck. The recall of Rasmus Kupari could play into that decision, as he can man the middle when needed.
Kings Of The Podcast has all the LA hockey related news you need via a new episode that just dropped on Friday afternoon — they reviewed recent performances of nearly every player on the roster, plus shared a few updates on Quinton Byfield and other prospects, as well:
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. San Jose Sharks
Fiala – Kopitar – Kaliyev
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Iafallo – Kempe – Vilardi
Grundstrom – Lizotte – Kupari
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Walker
Scratches: Anderson-Dolan, Spence
Injured Reserve: Lemieux (targeting mid-late December)
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports West.
In San Jose’s last game played, they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday.
Here’s how the Sharks lined up for that one:
Lineup image created by ALo Images
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