As part of an 11 game schedule in the NHL on Tuesday, coach Todd McLellan and the Kings will begin a difficult week ahead by hosting the Dallas Stars. In their first four games of 2023, LA is set to face Dallas, Boston, Vegas, and Edmonton — all teams that are expected to challenge for division leads this season.
First, though, they’ll begin the new year with a pregame celebration for Alex Edler. The veteran defenseman played in his 1,000th regular season game on Saturday. He’ll be receiving his silver stick, along with a few gifts from teammates.
Edler is the second defenseman from the 2004 NHL Draft class — and sixth Swedish-born defenseman in league history — to skate in 1,000 career NHL games. Over his 75 games with the Kings, Edler has produced 25 points (4 goals, 21 assists). His plus-17 rating over that period also ranks tied for second on the team behind fellow defenseman Matt Roy.
As for the lineup, McLellan is likely only facing one decision tonight. Will he go with Brendan Lemieux or Carl Grundstrom on his fourth line?
LA Kings Projected Lineup vs. Dallas Stars
Byfield – Kopitar – Kempe
Iafallo – Danault – Arvidsson
Fiala – Lizotte – Vilardi
Grundstrom – Kupari – JAD
Anderson – Doughty
Durzi – Roy
Edler – Walker
Scratches: Lemieux, Moore (injured, day-to-day)
Injured Reserve: Kaliyev (retro to Dec. 20, expected out several weeks)
Additional Game Notes
Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm PST and will be televised by ESPN.
In Dallas’s last game played, they took down the Sharks 5-2 on Saturday.
Here’s how they lined up for that one:
Stars warmup lines vs. Sharks (12/31):
Robertson — Hintz — Pavelski
Kiviranta — Dellandrea — Seguin
Benn — Johnston — Marchment
Olofsson — Faksa — Glendening
Heiskanen — Lundkvist
Suter — Miller
Lindell — Hakanpaa
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) January 1, 2023
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