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Keeping pace, a mile high.

DEE FENCE
DEE FENCE
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche (Pepsi Center)

Time: 6:00 PM PST

TV: NBCSN

Enemy Reading: Mile High Hockey

Lineups:

Colorado Avalanche

Landeskog–O’Reilly–McLeod
Caron–Duchene–Iginla
Tanguay–Mitchell–Everberg
Hamilton–Cliche–Briere

Hejda–Redmond
Guenin–Barrie
Stuart–Holden

Pickard
(Berra)

Scratched: None; Injured: MacKinnon, Bordeleau, Johnson, McGinn, Rendulic, Wilson, Winchester, Hishon, Varlamov

Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik–Kopitar–King
Lewis–Carter–Toffoli
Clifford–Shore–Brown
Nolan–Stoll–Williams

Regehr–Doughty
Muzzin–Greene
McNabb–Sekera

Quick
(Jones)

Scratched: Andreoff, McBain; Injured: Pearson, Martinez; Suspended: Voynov

Game Notes:

  • The two teams last played on February 18, less than three weeks ago. Here's what changed:
    • Cody McLeod, who was on the fourth line, is now on the first line. Nathan MacKinnon was in that spot; he's now recovering from a broken foot.
    • Calvin Pickard is in goal, as Semyon Varlamov recovers from a groin injury.
    • Jordan Caron has replaced Max Talbot on the second line, which makes sense, because they were traded for one another.
    • Daniel Briere isn't a scratch! He's on the fourth line.
    • Trevor Lewis switches from Line 1 to Line 2, with Dwight King going the opposite way.
    • Jordan Nolan switches with Kyle Clifford; figure out which one of those is the third line, I guess.
    • Andrej Sekera is here! Jamie McBain is benched.
  • The Avs are running the exact same d-pairs and third line. The Kings have the other two d-pairs consistent, and Quick going in net.
  • Last time, LA used a terrific effort from Jonathan Quick to overcome a sizable shot deficit. If it gets two points, do it again!
  • (I do not want the Kings to do that again. I want them to dominate and also win. Is that too much to ask?)

Go Kings Go.