Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center)
Time: 7:30 PM PST
TV: Fox Sports West, RDS, SportsNet East
Enemy Reading: Habs Eyes on the Prize
Eller–De La Rose–Smith-Pelly
Injured: Emelin; Scratched: Weaver, Malhotra, Parenteau
Los Angeles Kings
Injured: Martinez, Pearson; Scratched: Andreoff, McBain; Suspended: Voynov
- The Kings caught a rather large break, as with the Canadiens on a back-to-back it's... Carey Price.
- We actually still haven't gotten a pure Price vs Quick matchup since the 2014 Olympic semifinal in Sochi, one in which the two goalies combined to stop 66 of 67 shots. Peter Budaj started against Quick on March 3, 2014, and Martin Jones started against Price on December 12, 2014. (Jones was pulled for Quick midway through that one, though.) The wait continues!
- Last year, the Kings put up six on Montreal in the teams' first matchup, then eked out a 2-1 in in the rematch at home. This year, Montreal scored six on LA in the teams' first matchup...
- At the trade deadline, Montreal was busier than LA, adding two familiar names to their lineup. One was the Ducks' Devante Smith-Pelly, exchanged for Jiri Sekac, who got an assist against LA last Friday. Smith-Pelly had some success against the Kings in last year's playoffs but has been searching for that form all year long. Hopefully this doesn't jump-start it.
- The other name? Jeff Petry, who aside from Andrej Sekera was probably the most-mentioned D target on this site leading up to the deadline. Montreal got a good deal on Petry, who (like Sekera) is manning the second pair for his new team.
- PREDICTION: No curved stick penalties, plenty of other stick penalties. Control yourselves, Jarret, Kyle, and Justin.