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Game Day #50 - Kings @ Bruins Preview

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Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted the Kings to win this game, I'm sure

Harry How

Los Angeles Kings v Boston Bruins (TD Garden)

Time: 12.00 PM

TV: NHL Network, Fox Sports West

Enemy readingStanley Cup of Chowder

Bruins (projected) lineup:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Soderberg-Spooner-Eriksson
Thornton-Campbell-Paille

Chara-Krug
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Trotman-Miller

Rask

Injured: Adam McQuaid, Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton; Scratched: Jordan Caron

Kings (projected) lineup:

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

Muzzin-Doughty
Regehr-Voynov
Mitchell-Martinez

Quick

Injured: Matt Greene; Scratched: Linden Vey, Tanner Pearson

Game Notes:

  • This is going to be very very brief, since I forgot about how American holidays = annoying day games.
  • I think I cursed Dougie Hamilton. Last Kings-Bruins game preview, I wrote that he was injured, and then he got injured in his next game, and is out tonight with a concussion. Sorry, Dougie.
  • As you probably remember, that last Kings-Bruins game went pretty well for the Kings. They ran roughshod over the Bruins, and it wasn't close by any real metric. It's been a bit up-and-down since then, and the Kings will be looking to this game, again, to get back on track against a good Bruins team suffering a bit from dealing with injuries.
  • Nick doesn't have the Kings-Wings numbers post up yet, but ~spoilers~ the Kings handily out-possessed the Red Wings, and they remain the best possession team in the league by a now quite significant margin (56.6% FF% EV 5-on-5 to the Blackhawks' 55.3%). Unfortunately, they still can't finish worth a damn, and Quick turning in fairly good performances can't cause pucks to go into the other net. Basically, status quo.
  • When can we free Linden Vey and/or Tanner Pearson? Is it never? It's never, isn't it? Hate you, Darryl Sutter.
  • Prediction: 4-1 Kings, three real goals and one that should have been disallowed, so everyone will shut up about the net.