After a Sunday off-day, the Kings will take the ice at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Let’s get caught up with some Los Angeles and NHL-related news.
The Kings have a two-game homestand this week before heading down to Anaheim (Friday) prior to a quick turnaround as they visit Winnipeg (Sunday afternoon) and Edmonton (Tuesday). The Red Wings face the Ducks tonight in Orange County and will likely be without Henrik Zetterberg, who was hit in the head by Jamie Benn, writes Helene St. James. Teemu Pulkkinen (leg) is questionable tonight, per St. James; Jimmy Howard will start in Anaheim, which opens up the possibility of a Jonas Gustavsson start at Staples Center on Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Senators, meanwhile, will be without 18-plus minute-a-night defenseman Jared Cowen, who was hit with a three-game suspension for a head shot on Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen. Defenseman Chris Phillips remains out of the lineup for Ottawa due to a nagging ailment and will not make the trip west with the club, which is 4-1-1 in its last six games behind the goaltending tandem of Robin Lehner and Andrew Hammond. Los Angeles will get Ottawa on the second night of a back-to-back as well, so it’s unclear who they’ll see in net. Craig Anderson practiced today and will make the trip, which opens Wednesday at Honda Center.
Did the general manager of [___NHL TEAM___] play the game? Grantland has a handy guide.
The Stadium Series game continued “a golden era for California hockey,” Helene Elliott writes.
Onward and upward. The Kings are in the thick of a playoff hunt, says Lisa Dillman.
Ho, hum. It’s “business as usual” for these Kings, so says Nicholas J. Cotsonika.
Marian Gaborik is doin’ his thing, writes Shawn Roarke of NHL.com.
The trade deadline is a week out. NHL.com lists the top 15 targets.
We’re also a week away from the start of the Voynov trial, and Katie Strang of ESPN.com posted an update on Thursday.