This afternoon, the Los Angeles Kings are facing off against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center. The Kings will want to avoid losing a third consecutive game and going 0-3 against Canadian teams in the East.
Let's face it, the L.A. Kings aren't doing too well so far this season. They lost their last game to an objectively shambolic Ottawa Senators team by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Not exactly the result they were hoping for against one of the weaker teams in the NHL.
That being said, you cannot change the past, so the Kings and head coach Todd McLellan look ahead to today's game against the Habs and will look for a positive result before returning home. McLellan made a few adjustments to his lineup in a way he think will spur his team to a W in Montreal.
Carl Grundstrom will step into the lineup to replace Trevor Lewis who is set to be scratched this afternoon. Grundstrom will play alongside Blake Lizotte and Austin Wagner on the Kings' 3rd offensive line. Ex russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk was demoted to the 4th line where he will play on the left of centerman Mike Amadio and winger Kyle Clifford.
On defense, the combinations should generally stay the same as the ones that faced Ottawa on Thursday, with the exception that Joakim Ryan will step in for Kurtis MacDermid on the third defensive pair alongside Matt Roy.
Jonathan Quick should be the starting netminder for the Kings today, as backup Jack Campbell played in the defeat to the Senators.
Here is the Kings' projected lineup for this afternoon's game against the Montreal Canadiens according to DailyFaceoff.com:
Tyler Toffoli - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter
Alex Iafallo - Adrian Kempe - Dustin Brown
Carl Grundstrom - Blake Lizotte - Austin Wagner
Ilya Kovalchuk - Mike Amadio - Kyle Clifford
Alec Martinez - Drew Doughty
Ben Hutton - Sean Walker
Joakim Ryan - Matt Roy
Kurtis MacDermid, Trevor Lewis and Nikolai Prokhorkin are set to be the healthy scratches today while d-man Derek Forbort is out with an injury.
The Canadiens have been struggling immensely on special teams as of late and will be playing with a brand new lineup this evening. Let's see if the Los Angeles Kings will capitalize on these factors in this afternoon's game.
It should be a good one!