Boston Bruins 16 pts (6-7-4)
Los Angeles Kings 24 pts (11-5-2)
10:30 p.m. ET
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
LAK 2 @ BOS 1
BOS @ LAK
David Pastrnak, 17
Anze Kopitar, 22
David Pastrnak, 10
Anze Kopitar, 9
Torey Krug, 8
Anze Kopitar, 13
Despite out playing the Anaheim Ducks for much of the game last night, the Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision for their fourth straight loss. The Los Angeles Kings have lost their last their games and, just like the Bruins, are 1-3-1 over their last five games.
The Kings won the first matchup between these two teams back on October 28. Tyler Toffoli scored twice while goaltender Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in a 2-1 victory.
The Bruins could be without defenseman Torey Krug tonight, who was not on the bench for the final few minutes of last night’s defeat. Head coach Bruce Cassidy had no update on the injury following the game, nor did he know how serious it was.
If Krug cannot go, Rob O’Gara will dress in his place leaving Charlie McAvoy as the only puck moving defender in the Boston lineup.
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are playing like they did back when the Kings won two Stanley Cups in three years. Kopitar is in the midst of a career-long nine-game scoring streak. He has three goals and 11 points during this span. Brown has two goals and five points during his current four-game scoring streak.
Probable Bruins Lineup
Peter Cehlarik - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano - Jordan Szwarz - Danton Heinen
Matt Beleskey - Sean Kuraly - Jake DeBrusk
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Kenny Agostino
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Paul Postma - Kevan Miller
Anton Khudobin (3-0-2, 2.60 GAA, .923 save % 0 SO)
C-Ryan Spooner (groin) out, D-Adam McQuaid (leg) out, C-Dave Krejci (upper-body) out, RW-David Backes (colon) out, RW-Anders Bjork (undisclosed) out, LW-Brad Marchand (undisclosed) out
Probable Kings Lineup
Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson- Adrian Kemp - Tyler Toffoli
Andy Andreoff - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis
Jussi Jokinen - Andrew Crescenzi - Jonny Brodzinski
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Christian Folin
Kurtis MacDermid - Alec Martinez
Jonathan Quick (9-5-1, 2.32 GAA, .930 save %, .930 save %, 2 SO)
RW-Marion Gaborik (knee) out, LW-Kyle Clifford (upper-body) out, C-Jeff Carter (ankle) out