The LA Kings took the first matchup with the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 back on Halloween.
Tale of the Tape
LAK: 16.7% (26th)
BUF: 20.5% (18th)
LAK: 75.5% (29th)
BUF: 76.3% (24th)
LAK: 52.7% (6th)
BUF: 46.2% (32nd)
Goals per game:
LAK: 2.93 (18th)
BUF: 2.70 (24th)
Goals against per game:
LAK: 2.82 (12th)
BUF: 3.55 (26th)
LAK: Anze Kopitar – 15 goals, 36 assists, 51 points
BUF: Tage Thompson – 23 goals, 19 assists, 42 points
The LA Kings come into this game as pretty significant favorites, courtesy of The Action Network.
|Time||10:00 am PT|
|TV||SN, MSG-B, BSW, ESPN+|
Here’s how the Kings aligned in practice on Saturday via LA Kings Insider:
Anderson-Dolan – Kopitar – Kempe
Moore – Danault – Arvidsson
Iafallo – Byfield – Brown
Athanasiou – Lizotte – Kaliyev
Maatta – Moverare
Bjornfot – Durzi
Quick / Petersen
With Brendan Lemieux suffering a leg injury in Friday’s 4-3 OT win in Columbus, Andreas Athanasiou slides into his spot in the forward lines. We’ll see how Lemieux’s absence impacts what has been an extremely effective line all year.
Continuing the goalie rotation, Cal Petersen would appear to be in line for a start on Sunday. He’s faced Buffalo just once before in his career, stopping 43-of-47 shots in a Kings’ 4-3 loss in overtime back in December 2018.
Here’s how the Sabres lined up in Saturday’s practice:
|53 Jeff Skinner||72 Tage Thompson||89 Alex Tuch|
|37 Casey Mittelstadt||24 Dylan Cozens||21 Kyle Okposo|
|74 Rasmus Asplund||19 Peyton Krebs||71 Victor Olofsson|
|29 Vinnie Hinostroza||17 Mark Jankowski||15 John Hayden|
|96 Anders Bjork||28 Zemgus Girgensons|
|26 Rasmus Dahlin||78 Jacob Bryson||41 Craig Anderson|
|8 Robert Hagg||13 Mark Pysyk||31 Dustin Tokarski|
|23 Mattias Samuelsson||45 Casey Fitzgerald|
|4 Will Butcher||33 Colin Miller|
The Kings and Sabres get underway at a very early 10 am PT!