LA Kings vs. New York Rangers, home sweet home

What’s the easiest way to delete a disappointing road trip? In the words of Motley Crüe… Home Sweet Home.

The Kings last played at Crypto Arena on Nov. 10 and drove to their fourth straight home win — with the last three coming down to a single goal margin. So you were close. When Rangers and Kings played two games last season, it was the home team that came out on top in every game.

As a final word, Kings defenseman Sean Durzi remained sidelined with an injury described as a life-threatening injury. If nothing changes between now and the warm-up later tonight, Jacob Moverare should start his second straight game in defense. He played nearly 14 minutes against Seattle on Saturday while leading all LA skaters with five shots on goal.

Apparently trainer Todd McLellan will try to reunite Kevin Fiala with the top tandem of Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe. Aside from whether this trio has a better second act than their first, it will be worth watching how that plays out for Gabe Vilardi as well. He’s now gone six games without scoring – and didn’t even record an SOG in Seattle – after being very effective in the first 15 games of the season.

Probable lineup of the LA Kings against the New York Rangers

Fiala-Kopitar-Kempe
Moore-Danault-Arvidsson
Vilardi – Lizotte – basic current
JAD – Kupari – Kaliyev

Anderson-Doughty
Noble—Roy
Moverare—wanderers

Petersen
Quickly

Scratches: Andersson, Durzi

Injured reserve: Lemieux

Long-term injured reserve: Iafallo

ICYMI: We recently posted updates on Alex Turcotte, Brandt Clarke and Quinton Byfield. See below for the links.

Additional game notes

Puck Drop is scheduled for 7:30pm PST and will be televised by Bally Sports.

Mayor’s Manor founder John Hoven will join the Kings-Rangers broadcast during the first break to discuss a variety of hot topics.

Former Kings and Rangers center Bernie Nicholls joined Kings Of The Podcast this week to share some great stories from his playing days in both cities. Be sure to have a look here:

Kings of the Podcast: Ep. 141 with Bernie Nicholls

Last time out, the Rangers defeated the Sharks 2-1 in San Jose on Saturday.

Igor Shesterkin is the presumptive starting goalie at LA, with Jaroslav Halak more likely to get the nod against Anaheim.

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