Kings' prospects Loktionov, Voynov, Hickey to play again Sunday
The Kings’ lineup for their exhibition game against the Ducks on Sunday at Staples Center will feature a lot of familiar faces and some that could become familiar very soon.
The projected top three lines will play. Those would be, left to right:
Dustin Penner-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams; Simon Gagne-Mike Richards-Dustin Brown; and Kyle Clifford-Jarret Stoll-Scott Parse.
The scheduled fourth line is Brad Richardson-Andrei Loktionov-Kevin Westgarth, giving Loktionov another chance to win a roster spot after a solid effort in the Kings' 2-1 split-squad shootout loss to Phoenix on Wednesday.
The defense pairs will be Willie Mitchell-Slava Voynov; Alec Martinez (wearing a new number, 27) with Matt Greene, and Davis Drewiske with Thomas Hickey. That’s another chance for Voynov and Hickey to press their case for a spot while Drew Doughty remains unsigned.
There's nothing new regarding the Kings' contract stalemate with Doughty, General Manager Dean Lombardi said through a club spokesman.
The goaltenders are scheduled to be Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier.
The Kings haven't played since Wednesday but Sunday's game will be the Ducks' third in three days. Their game at Vancouver on Saturday night will be televised by the NHL Network at 7 p.m. PDT.
Saturday was the first time center Colin Fraser practiced in a regular jersey as opposed to the yellow, don't-hit-me jersey, progress on his frustrating journey to recover from a fractured foot and subsequent surgery.
Check back for more coverage, including Coach Terry Murray saying he didn’t mind what seemed to be a subpar performance Wednesday by Kyle Clifford but adding that he told winger Scott Parse to get his feet and his game going.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Kings center Andrei Loktionov battles Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson for possession of the puck during an exhibition game Wednesday at Staples Center. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire