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Erik Ersberg to get rare start, Randy Jones to make his Kings debut

November 11, 2009 | 11:07 am

See, backup goaltender Erik Ersberg really wasn't banished to the far reaches of Siberia, though it seemed that way.

Kingslogo Ersberg is scheduled to start for the Kings today when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at Raleigh, N.C., his first appearance in a month -- since a so-so performance in a loss to the Rangers at New York on Oct. 14. His effort wasn't bad enough to deserve this kind of exile, but Coach Terry Murray had said he wanted to let Jonathan Quick get hot and stay hot ... and Quick wasn't so hot in the Kings' 4-1 loss at Chicago on Monday.

Two other lineup changes, according to Mike "Krusher" Kalinowski, the Kings' public relations person who travels with the team:

Defenseman Randy Jones, acquired on waivers on Oct. 29, is scheduled to make his Kings debut tonight. He will replace Sean O'Donnell. Also, Peter Harrold will replace Raitis Ivanans. Murray must not be expecting any rough stuff from the Hurricanes, who are winless in their last 12 games.

More later at

-- Helene Elliott