By: David Kolb
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (9-4-3) @ LOS ANGELES KINGS (8-9-1)
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HISTORY LOOKING DEVILISH
The Devils had their five-game winning streak snapped Thursday in Anaheim after a 3-2 loss to the Ducks. Despite the setback, the Devils have been playing well recently, sporting a 6-2-2 mark over their last 10 games. New Jersey also has a 3-4-2 record away from the Prudential Center this season. The Devils have been successful through the years at Staples Center with a 7-1-2 record lifetime.
The Devils were 0-for-3 on the power play gainst the Ducks and are 0-for-24 in the past seven games. Without injured forwards Taylor Hall (knee) and Michael Cammalleri (undisclosed personal issue) the Devils’ power play unit is missing firepower up front.
The Kings are trying to stay in playoff contention despite being hammered with injuries. Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik and Brayden McNabb have all missed games due to long-term ailments. The good news for Los Angeles is that All-Star center Anze Kopitar is expected to be back in the lineup today after missing the last three games.
Jon Merrill made his season debut in Anaheim Thursday after missing the first 14 games of the season with a broken right index finger. He had 14:06 of ice time and played in place of injured defenseman, Yohann Auvitu (upper body).
NO DOUBTING DOUGHTY
Jeff Carter leads the Kings in total point this season, but Drew Doughty is the Kings’ skater who impacts the game most. The reigning Norris Trophy winner can start a rush from his own zone with his exceptional skating ability, fire a hard shot on net from the point and be physical against the opposition.