Kings-Blues Game 2 Preview

Dilip Vishwanat

The Kings try to rebound from a subpar effort to earn the split at Scottrade.

Los Angeles Kings v St Louis Blues (Scottrade Center)

Time: 6.30 PM

TV: CBC, CNBC

Enemy reading: St Louis Game Time

Series preview: #fancystats

Blues (projected) lineup:

Schwartz-Backes-Steen
Perron-Berglund-Oshie
McDonald-Sobotka-Stewart
Cracknell-Porter-Reaves

Pietrangelo-Bouwmeester
Shattenkirk-Leopold
Jackman-Polak

Elliott

Injured: Langenbrunner; Scratched: Grachev, Jaskin, Murray, Nichol, Tarasenko, Chorney, Cole, Hakanpaa, Polak, Woywitka

Kings (projected) lineup:

Brown-Kopitar-Williams
King-Richards-Carter
Penner-Stoll-Lewis
Clifford-Fraser-Nolan

Regehr-Doughty
Scuderi-Voynov
Muzzin-Ellerby

Quick

Injured: Mitchell, Greene; Scratched: Richardson, Martinez, Toffoli

Game notes:

  • I'm not going to talk about Game 1, firstly because we've covered Game 1 fairly exhaustively, and also because I don't hate myself. Let's look forward: the Kings now have to win four of their next six. No big deal.
  • The Blues are lining up the same as they did on Tuesday, so no surprises here - the Kings know exactly what they're up against.
  • Kings lines are from Jim Fox's tweet about morning drills. I like the idea of maybe getting Anze Kopitar going by putting him back with his most successful wingmates, I wish Dustin Penner were back on the second line, and I don't understand who I have to yell at to get Jordan Nolan off the goddamn ice.
  • FREEEEEEE AAAAAAALEC MARTIIIIIIINEZ
  • Darryl Sutter's comments about Matt Greene are a bit confusing to me, but overall, it sounds like he's healthy-ish enough to go, but Sutter doesn't trust him in there, which I guess is fair, but also...Keaton Ellerby, man. He stinks. (More like Smellerby, amirite.)
  • Prediction: Kings win, always. Go Kings Go.
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