Golden Knights Gameday
Golden Knights Gameday 79: Playoff Preview?: Lines and Starting Goalies vs Kings
The Vegas Golden Knights (48-22-8, 104 points) take on the Los Angeles Kings (45-23-10, 100 points) t…
The Vegas Golden Knights (48-22-8, 104 points) take on the Los Angeles Kings (45-23-10, 100 points) tonight at 7:00 p.m. from T-Mobile Arena in what could be a first-round playoff matchup for both teams. Laurent Brossoit will start in goal, and head coach Bruce Cassidy also made a couple of lineup changes.
Pavel Dorofeyev has moved to the team's top line alongside Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault. Michael Amadio is back in the lineup on the second line, and Teddy Blueger, Paul Cotter, and Brayden Pachal are healthy scratches.
What to Watch For
If the Edmonton Oilers, who are only one point behind the VGK in the standings, pass the Golden Knights, this matchup (Kings v Golden Knights) will likely be a first-round matchup. So it goes without saying that almost every aspect of this game is important, as these two teams could meet in the postseason soon.
The Golden Knights continue to experiment with their line combinations, trying to find something that will stick for the upcoming playoffs. As we mentioned earlier, Cassidy has shuffled up his lines once more in an attempt to find a healthy rotation.
On that same note, the Golden Knights are still trying to find an established starter for the playoffs. Despite the revenge narrative with Jonathan Quick playing against his former team, Laurent Brossoit will start again. He's the current frontrunner to be the team's starter, with Quick struggling and Adin Hill, Logan Thompson, Jiri Patera, and Robin Lehner all injured.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Pavel Dorofeyev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Michael Amadio- William Karlsson- Reilly Smith
Ivan Barbashev- Chandler Stephenson- Phil Kessel
Brett Howden- Teddy Blueger- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Ben Hutton- Nicolas Hague
Brayden McNabb- Zach Whitecloud
Laurent Brossoit/Jonathan Quick
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Eichel, Dorofeyev, Stephenson, Roy, Pietrangelo
PP2: Barbashev, Smith, Karlsson, Marchessault, Hutton
PK1: Karlsson, Roy, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Blueger, Howden, Whitecloud, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Logan Thompson, Shea Theodore/Paul Cotter, Teddy Blueger, Brayden Pachal
Projected Kings Line Combinations
Quinton Byfield- Anze Kopitar (c)- Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore- Phillip Danault- Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo- Blake Lizotte- Arthur Kaliyev
Carl Grundstrom- Rasmus Kupari- Zach MacEwen
Vladislav Gavrikov- Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi- Matt Roy
Tobias Bjornfot- Sean Walker
Joonas Korpisalo/Pheonix Copley
Kings Special Teams
PP1- Iafallo, Kopitar, Arvidsson, Kempe, Doughty
PP2- Byfield, Danault, Moore, Durzi, Kaliyev
PK1- Kopitar, Moore, Gavrikov, Roy
PK2- Danault, Kupari, Bjornfot, Doughty
Jacob Ingham, Gabe Vilardi, Mikey Anderson, Kevin Fiala, Alex Edler/Blake Lizotte, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Jordan Spence/Cal Petersen
How to Watch/Listen
7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.