The Los Angeles Kings are now on a five-game losing streak, with just three wins so far on the season. Though they were able to get a point in Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, the team is now in last place in the division. Wrapping up the two-game series tonight, the Kings need to take advantage of another weak team.
John Leonard will return to the line up for the Sharks, called up from the San Jose Barracuda. The rookie forward has two assists in seven NHL games so far. The Sharks will also see a new back up netminder for the night, as Devan Dubnyk is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
As for the Kings, Drew Doughty is expected to be in the line up after sustaining an injury due to a blocked shot in the third period on Tuesday.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in tonight:
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown
Austin Wagner — Michael Amadio — Jeff Carter
Lias Andersson — Gabriel Vilardi — Adrian Kempe
Carl Grundstrom — Jaret Anderson-Dolan — Trevor Moore
Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty
Kurtis MacDermid — Kale Clague
Olli Maatta — Tobias Bjornfot
Expected Scratches: Austin Strand
Injured Reserve: Martin Frk (lower body), Matt Roy (upper body), Sean Walker (upper body), Matt Luff (undisclosed)
COVID-19 Protocol: Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier — Ryan Donato — Tomas Hertl
Matt Nieto — Dylan Gambrell — Marcus Sorensen
Noah Gregor — Patrick Marleau — John Leonard
Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Radim Simek — Erik Karlsson
Nikolai Knyzhov — Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Expected Scratches: Stefan Noesen, Jacob Middleton, Rudolfs Balcers
Injured Reserve: None
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports West and NBC Sports Bay Area, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!