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Bruins take on LA Kings to wrap up West Coast trip

Fresh off a gutsy 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, the Bruins will look to wrap up their 3-game California road trip with a win over the Los Angeles Kings this afternoon at the Staples Center. The Kings also put an end to their own 3-game slump on Thursday night when they shutout the Anaheim Ducks 4-0.

Know Your Enemy

Los Angeles Kings (26-18-3)

Head Coach: Terry Murray

SB Nation's Left Coast Hockey Blog: Battle of California

Leading Goal Scorer:


Anze Kopitar

#11 / Center / Los Angeles Kings

6-3

222

Aug 24, 1987



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Anze Kopitar 18 27 45 2 8

 

Goaltending:


Jonathan Quick

#32 / Goalie / Los Angeles Kings

6-1

223

Jan 21, 1986



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonathan Quick 42 2509 24 15 106 2.53 1150 1044 .908 1


Erik Ersberg

#31 / Goalie / Los Angeles Kings

6-0

165

Mar 08, 1982



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Erik Ersberg 7 336 2 3 18 3.21 152 134 .882 0

 

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mark Stuart sternum 12/15/2009

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Krejci lower body 01/15/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Ference groin 01/06/2010
Patrice Bergeron thumb 01/05/2010
Marc Savard knee 01/07/2010


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Justin Williams ankle 12/27/2009
Davis Drewiske shoulder 01/05/2010
Andrei Loktionov shoulder 11/26/2009

Defensemen Matt Greene (lower body) and Thomas Hickey (shoulder) are also injured for the Kings.

Notes:

- According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Mark Stuart should be considered probable for this afternoon's game. David Krejci will be a game-time decision. Krejci missed Thursday's game against the Sharks with what we now know is a lower body injury.

- Former Bruins netminder Bill Ranford is in his fourth season as the Kings goaltending coach.

- In an effort to promote Hollywood's latest steaming pile of turd family comedy "The Tooth Fairy", the LA Kings are making Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson an honorary King for today's game. This comes just days after the Kings hosted the cast of "Jersey Shore" at a game. It has been reported that the arena crew at Staples Center has been hard at work the past couple of days trying to clean up spray tan and hair product stains from the arena's seats.

- Stanley Cup of Chowder correspondent Tim Morrison is on the scene at the Staples Center for today's game.

- I don't think the Bruins held a morning skate today, so there is no word yet on whar the lineup will look like.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 PM ET and can be seen on NESN. The Public Skate open thread starts right here at 3:30.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Kings Fan YouTube Video