Preview: Panthers @ Kings, 11/7/15

Game #14
Florida Panthers (5-5-3 / 13 PTS) @ Los Angeles Kings (8-5-0 / 16 PTS)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 4:00PM EST
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 12 Gaborik – 11 Kopitar – 23 Brown
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 17 Lucic – 77 Carter – 73 Toffoli
73 Pirri – 23 Grimaldi– 42 Howden L3 70 Pearson – 21 Shore – 22 Lewis
 28 Wilson – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 13 Clifford – 15 Andreoff – 71 Nolan
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 3 McNabb – 8 Doughty
Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 6 Muzzin – 27 Martinez
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 10 Ehrhoff – 5 McBain
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 32 Quick – 1 Enroth
Kampfer, Thornton X Weal, Forbort
 Barkov, Savard, Hodges INJ King, Greene

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 6 4 10
2. Vincent Trocheck 5 5 10
3. Nick Bjugstad 4 4 8
4. Jussi Jokinen 3 5 8
5. Reilly Smith 4 3 7

Los Angeles Kings

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jeff Carter 6 7 13
2. Tyler Toffoli 9 2 11
3. Drew Doughty 0 8 8
4. Milan Lucic 2 5 7
5. Jake Muzzin 1 5 6

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 3-4-2 .936 2.11

Los Angeles Kings

Name Record Save % GAA
Jonathan Quick 6-5-0 .915 2.36

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face off against the Kings on Saturday after a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. The Panthers’ 2010 4th-round draft pick Joonas Donskoi, who signed with the Sharks in the off-season, tallied one goal while Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Chris Tierney added the other four for the win. The Panthers played one of their worst games of the year defensively allowing 3 even-strength goals. Before last night, they had only allowed 13 even-strength goals, a mark which tied them for the fewest allowed in the entire league. Vincent Trocheck continued his strong play by recording his 5th goal and team-leading 10th point of the season, and he, along with Quinton Howden, Garrett Wilson, Derek MacKenzie, Rocco Grimaldi, and Reilly Smith were the hardest working players of the night. The Panthers will need to pick up their play and get to work if they want to salvage two more points in the final game of their 3-game road-trip and remain close to the pace they need to be at.

The Los Angeles Kings enter Saturday afternoon’s game having won 8 of their last 10 games after dropping the first three games of the season. They won 7 straight after the first three games, and they most recently lost to the Blue Jackets on Thursday by a score of 3-2. Both teams scored their first goals of the game on the powerplay, and Jeff Carter brought the Kings within 1 goal with a minute to go in the 3rd period, but it would be too little too late for a comeback. Carter has points in 5 of his last 6 games with a total of 7 during that period, and Tyler Toffoli leads the team in goals with 9 but his last came four games ago.

The Panthers are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games against the Kings and split the season series last year. The last time the two teams met was on February 5th when the Panthers won 3-2 in regulation with Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, and Brandon Pirri providing the offensive support in front of Roberto Luongo.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Sharks on Thursday night for their 13th game of the season and lost 5-2 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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