They see me rollin'. They hatin'.
- Jul 28, 2004
Before LA finally returns to SoCal, they make one last stop in Dallas for a Western Conference showdown with the Stars. Following a 5-2 victory on Monday, the Kings losing streak is now behind them and they quickly have a chance to pick up another two points.
After a rough stretch of games, sometimes all it takes is one win to get things headed in the right, and that’s likely the hope right now for coach Todd McLellan and his group.
Following their much-needed win in Carolina yesterday, perhaps that early season confidence and swagger will return to the Kings. McLellan did not like the idea of a win bringing relief to his group. Instead, he saw it as them finally getting rewarded for a good effort. While that may be true, there is no denying everyone in the organization woke up a little more relaxed than they did just 24 hours ago. Perhaps it even feels like a fresh start for LA, and that may just be what the doctor ordered.
Cam Talbot is expected to draw back in net tonight, he will look to match the performance of David Rittich, who played exceptionally well vs. the Hurricanes. With a couple disappointing starts recently, Talbot could benefit from the team playing more confidently in front of him tonight.
In his career, Talbot has an .879 save percentage. However, he has not faced them in many years, so it’s pretty irrelevant.
Overall, there needs to be focus and structure to the Kings play tonight. It’s the end of a grueling six-game road trip, plus the second-half of a back-to-back situation. The Kings will be tired, but they can’t let up or they’ll continue to find more hardships.
On the injury front, center Blake Lizotte is not expected to suit up tonight after suffering a lower-body injury in yesterday’s contest. No further update is likely to come before the team returns home. In the meantime, Sammy Fagemo has been recalled from Ontario and for more information on his situation, see this article from earlier today:
On defense, rookie Brandt Clarke is expected to draw back in over Jordan Spence. If so, that duo will have each played three of six games on the road trip.
— Coming Soon
Kings Projected Lineup vs. Stars
Nothing is for sure without a morning skate today…
Byfield – Kopitar – Kempe
Fiala – Danault – Moore
Laferriere – Dubois – JAD
Grundstrom – Lewis – Kaliyev
Anderson – Doughty
Gavrikov – Roy
Englund – Clarke
Likely scratches: Fagemo, Spence
Injured: Arvidsson (LTIR), Copley (LTIR)
Key Game Info
Puck drop is set for 4:00 pm Pacific Time and will be televised by Bally Sports.
Across the Ice
Last time out, Dallas defeated Chicago 3-1 on Saturday.
Here’s how they lined up for that one:
Over their last 10 games, the Stars are 5-4-1. At home, they hold a 12-8-2 record this season.
On This Day in Kings History
On January 16, 2001, the @LAKings came back from a four-goal deficit to defeat the Ottawa Senators, 7-6. Luc Robitaille scored two goals, and Bryan Smolinski completed a hat trick by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/zRPMeXo0Zq
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) January 16, 2024