The LA Kings are back in action tonight (FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio) against the Ottawa Senators at STAPLES Center, and there’s no real reason to mess with a winning formula.
Lines and pairings:
Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown
Pearson – Shore – Toffoli
Gaborik – Kempe – Lewis
Brodzinski – Mitchell – Jokinen
Clifford – Andreoff – Dowd
Muzzin – Doughty
MacDermid – Martinez
Forbort – Folin
OK, so potentially ONE lineup change: Darcy Kuemper left the ice first, but head coach John Stevens would neither confirm nor deny that he will start tonight.
“[Kuemper] is going to play this week,” Stevens said. “I think he’s played really well.”
While I cannot decipher riddles, Kuemper did face the Senators earlier this season, a 3-2 shootout win for the Kings.
Kuemper turned aside 28 of 30 shots in the game, and stopped both shootout attempts.
Thank you based Kempe.
For his career, Kuemper is 2-1-0 with a 1.91 GAA and .939 SV% in three games against the Senators.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick has a 5-4-0 record with a 2.58 GAA and .903 SV% in nine career starts against those #PeskySens.
Nic Dowd, Oscar Fantenberg and the players on injured reserve remained on the ice for some extra work, so they’re not expected to get into tonight’s game.