December 14 morning skate notes

Good afternoon (or morning, for many of you) from Ottawa, Insiders. The Kings have returned to the team hotel from the morning skate, where they had aligned thusly:

Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik
Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Mersch-Shore-Brown
Andreoff-Weal-Nolan

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Ehrhoff-McBain
Forbort

-No changes are expected for tonight’s lineup, other than Jonathan Quick entering in for Jhonas Enroth. Derek Forbort is expected to be scratched.

-The Senators made several changes to their lines at the morning skate but aren’t expected to bring any new players into their lineup. They’re likely to line up with Smith-Turris-Stone, Hoffman-Zibanejad-Ryan, Dziurzynski-Pageau-Chiasson and Borowiecki-Lazar-Neil with defensive pairings of Methot-Karlsson, Wiercioch-Ceci and Cowen-Wideman. Craig Anderson is expected to make his 15th consecutive start in net. He’ll be backed up by Andrew Hammond, who was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL-Binghamton yesterday.

-I’ll have stories on Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli later today, followed by a game preview. Doughty will also join me for a pre-game chat in front of the FOX Sports West banner during tonight’s Kings Live pre-game show.

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