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KINGS (19-25-4) at AVALANCHE (21-18-8)

3 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their point streak to four games when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.

Jonathan Quick is expected to start for the Kings, who are 2-0-1 in their past three games after going 1-4-0 in the previous five. He is 6-3-1 in his past 10 games with a 2.18 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, and made 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Avalanche on Dec. 31.

The Avalanche are coming off a 1-4-0 road trip and have gone 2-8-2 in the past 12 games. They’ve allowed five or more goals in four of the past seven games.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Jeff Carter has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak.

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the past six games.

 

They said it

“Overall, our group’s battling pretty hard. These are tough games to come on the road and get points. To get three (points) out of four is good so far, and we have to be good (Saturday).” — Kings coach Willie Desjardins

 

“Miraculously, we’re sitting in a (Stanley Cup Playoff) spot. No other year that you go through a stretch like we went through that we’d be anywhere near a spot. We are because other teams are struggling the same way we are. So, consider ourselves lucky to this point, that’s what I say.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

 

Kings projected lineup

Carl HagelinAnze KopitarDustin Brown

Alex Iafallo — Jeff Carter — Brendan Leipsic

Ilya KovalchukAdrian KempeTyler Toffoli

Kyle CliffordNate ThompsonAustin Wagner

Derek ForbortDrew Doughty

Jake MuzzinAlec Martinez

Dion PhaneufSean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Matt Luff

Injured: Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Oscar Fantenberg (lower body), Trevor Lewis (foot)

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Colin WilsonCarl SoderbergJ.T. Compher

Sven AndrighettoAlexander KerfootMatt Calvert

Matt NietoSheldon Dries  — Gabriel Bourque

Samuel GirardErik Johnson

Ian ColeTyson Barrie

Nikita ZadorovPatrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Mark Barberio

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder)

 

Status report

Muzzin was given a maintenance day Friday and is expected to play. Fantenburg didn’t practice and won’t play. “He’s close, I don’t think he’s a long-term guy,” Desjardins said. … The Avalanche assigned forward Tyson Jost, their first-round pick (No. 10) in the 2016 NHL Draft, and defenseman Ryan Graves to Colorado of the American Hockey League.

 

Stat pack

Brown has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past 11 games. … MacKinnon has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games.

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