Kings forwards Kevin Fiala (1-4-5) and Carl Grundstrom (3-1) lead the team in points after two games versus the Blues this season. In the previous four years, no King has scored more goals than Grundstrom, who has done so six times against the Blues. Two players on each team have three points in the season series so far: forward Gabriel Vilardi (2-1-3) and defenseman Drew Doughty (1-2-3).
The Kings are playing their second game in 24 hours, but it is a whole different kind of back-to-back since they played yesterday afternoon. Today, a small group of people skated in the morning at a very voluntary event in Los Angeles.
This evening, the Kings will likely start Pheonix Copley in goal against his old club in St. Louis. Copley has only played against the Blues once in his NHL career, back when he was with the Washington Capitals. He made 33 saves on 37 shots in a losing effort.
Insiders, let’s do something different with the programming tonight. According to Todd McLellan, Kevin Fiala is available for tonight’s game, and the Kings may use this opportunity to ease players like Sean Durzi back into the lineup after lengthy absences. Both Durzi and Fiala have been sidelined for the duration of March.
As for players like Durzi, Kaliyev, and Anderson-Dolan, who haven’t seen much action, “I think it’s vital to get some guys back in and playing, to get their games up and running,” McLellan said. “Some of them, but not all of them, will get a chance to go in tonight.”
Forward Blake Lizotte will miss tonight’s game after being handed a one-game ban by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety this morning. With Lizotte out of the lineup, the Kings will need to improvise in order to replace their center.
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