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Bruins finish up short trip to the Left Coast with game against the LA Kings

The Bruins will wrap up their brief 2-game Western Conference road trip with a game against the Los Los Angeles Kings tonight at Staples Center. The Bruins are coming off of a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, while the Kings are looking to string together their first back-to-back wins of 2011 after a 4-3 win over Phoenix on Saturday.

This is the second and final meeting of the year between the Bruins and Kings. The Kings took the first meeting 4-3 in a shootout back on November 20th.

Kings Player to Watch:

G A P +/- PIM
2010 - Anze Kopitar 16 32 48 16 12

The 23-year-old Slovenian centerman has registered 5 points (4-1-5) in 5 career games against the Bruins.

Kings Goaltending:

2010 - Jonathan Quick 36 2109 20 14 78 2.22 937 859 .917 4

2010 - Jonathan Bernier 14 780 5 8 40 3.08 373 333 .893 0

Injury Report:

Boston Bruins Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marc Savard head 01/24/2011

Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Scott Parse hip 11/16/2010
Marco Sturm knee 01/19/2011



- Familiar [Sturm] face, Marco Sturm will be out of the lineup for the Kings. Sturm's knee is acting up again.

- Marc Savard did not travel with the team to LA. He went back to Boston to be evaluated by doctors today after leaving Saturday's game with a head injury. There have been no further reports on Savard's condition.

- Tim Thomas was named the NHL's 1st Star of the Week.

- The Kings have lost 10 of their last 13 games (3-10-0) and currently in last place in the Pacific Division.

- Kings GM Dean Lombardi's bank account is about $50,000 lighter these days.

- What is it with the Bruins having all these Monday night games? How am I supposed to tear it up in my Monday night beer league and cover the games. By "tear it up", I mean coast through my shifts and suck wind. Just so you know, I probably will not have a recap up until tomorrow night.

- According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe, the Bruins have shuffled lines for tonight's game:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

- It appears that Mark Stuart will be the scratch again tonight. You have to wonder if he re-aggravated his finger/hand injury. You know how forthcoming the Bruins are when it comes to injuries.

- The puck drops at 10:30 PM ET (not a chance I am staying up to watch the end of this one) and can be seen on NESN.

- The Public Skate open thread gets started at 10:00 PM ET.

- For more on tonight's game, check out Jewels From The Crown