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KINGS (23-31-6) at PANTHERS (26-25-8)

5 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will try to end a six-game losing streak when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

The Kings are 0-4-2 since they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 7 and are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday. The six-game losing streak is tied for their longest of the season.

The Panthers, who had a three-game winning streak end with a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, are wrapping up a seven-game homestand and a stretch of 12 out of 13 games at BB&T Center.

Goalie James Reimer started the past four games for the Panthers and coach Bob Boughner said after practice Friday he hadn’t decided whether to go with Reimer again or with Roberto Luongo.

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Anze Kopitar has four goals and nine assists in his past 12 games.

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov has five goals and four assists in the past three games.

 

They said it

“For sure there’s got to be a little bit of frustration there, but I think we’ve played some good hockey but we haven’t gotten rewarded. We also have made some mistakes and that too is frustrating. Out of the last six games, we’ve had a chance to win all those games. We have to find a way to get out of this.” — Kings coach Willie Desjardins

“We know they’re coming off a bunch of losses. They’re going to be desperate. For us, we need to get these two points before we get on the road.” — Panthers coach Bob Boughner on the Kings

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo — Anze Kopitar — Dustin Brown

Brendan LeipsicAdrian KempeTyler Toffoli

Trevor LewisJeff CarterIlya Kovalchuk

Kyle CliffordMichael AmadioAustin Wagner

Derek ForbortDrew Doughty

Oscar FantenbergSean Walker 

Dion PhaneufMatt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Paul LaDue

Injured: Alec Martinez (upper body), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau — Aleksander Barkov — Frank Vatrano

Evgenii DadonovVincent TrocheckJayce Hawryluk

Mike HoffmanRiley SheahanDenis Malgin

Henrik BorgstromDerick BrassardTroy Brouwer

Keith YandleAaron Ekblad

Mark PysykMacKenzie Weegar

Ian McCoshenJosh Brown

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Bogdan Kiselevich, Jamie McGinn

Injured: Mike Matheson (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), Colton Sceviour (wrist)

 

Status report

Matheson will miss a second consecutive game; Panthers coach Bob Boughner said he was hoping he would be ready to play against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. … Walker played 14:29 against Nashville on Thursday in his return after missing two games with an upper-body injury.

 

Stat pack

Luongo’s next victory will be his 484th and will tie Ed Belfour for third place on the NHL’s all-time list. … The Kings have won their last three games at BB&T Center, including 3-1 decisions in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

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