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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, February 9, 2018
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida  Attendance: 14,099

Panthers bring four-game win streak into matchup with Kings

Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers

  1. The Kings, who shut out the Panthers at home, 4-0, on November 18 earlier this season, have won each of their last two road games versus Florida and are 6-2-0-0 on the road versus the Panthers since the 2003-04 season.
  2. Los Angeles beat the Oilers, 5-2, at home on Wednesday, its second consecutive win (has outscored its opponents, 11-2, over the two games). The Kings, who have scored at least five goals in each of their last two games, have not scored five or more goals in three straight games since a three-game streak in October 2009.
  3. The Panthers extended their win streak to four games with a 3-1 home win over Vancouver on Tuesday, one shy of matching their longest win streak this season (December 19-30). Florida has outscored its opponents, 14-6, during the streak.
  4. Anze Kopitar had one goal and one assist on Wednesday, his second straight multi-point game. Kopitar has a point in 12 of 14 games played since January 1, tied with Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Marchessault for the second-most games with a point among centers over that span (Sidney Crosby -- 13).
  5. Paul LaDue lit the lamp on Wednesday, his second career goal and second career game winner (also January 30 of this season). LaDue's two game-winning goals since January 30 are tied for the second most in the NHL (also Adam Henrique; Sean Monahan leads with three).
  6. Aleksander Barkov scored two goals on Tuesday, his first multi-goal game since February 15 of last season at San Jose. Barkov has six points over his last four home games (four goals and two assists).

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Kings, who are tied for fifth in the NHL in road-win percentage, will skate into the BB&T Center on Friday night to face the red-hot Florida Panthers.

The Kings (29-19-5) are 15-10-2 on the road. Meanwhile, the Panthers (23-22-6) have won four games in a row, all with rookie goalie Harri Sateri between the pipes.

Sateri, 28, has started the past five games and has allowed just 10 goals during that span, stopping 156 of 166 shots. Only Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders has more NHL saves (162) since Jan. 21.

The Panthers on Thursday sent their other rookie goalie, 21-year-old Samuel Montembeault, to their Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League affiliate.

That clears the way for "1A starter" James Reimer to return to the active roster on Friday after being sidelined five games with a right leg injury. But don't expect Reimer to start over Sateri, at least not now.

"I see him way more aggressive in his net than he was a week ago," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said of Sateri, who is, ostensibly, Florida's third-string goalie behind injured Roberto Luongo and Reimer.

"That comes with playing time and confidence. His rebound control is strong. There are not many times when opponents get a second shot from the slot area. He's doing a great job of kicking shots into the corners, and that helps our defensemen."

While Sateri shines in goal, Friday represents the start of a seven-game Kings road trip.

"This trip is huge," Kings defenseman Alec Martinez told the Orange County Register. "This is where true separation happens. We have a tough trip with a lot of tough opponents."

Martinez, who has missed two consecutive games with a lower-body injury, is not expected to play Friday.

Kings center Jeff Carter, who suffered a lacerated left ankle in November, is due back this month but not in time for Friday. He has three points in six games this season.

Carter provided 32 goals and 66 points last season, and his absence has been felt. Even so, the Kings have played well lately, outscoring opponents 11-2 in their past two games.

Center Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in goals (21), assists (36) and points (57). Right winger Dustin Brown leads the Kings in plus/minus (plus-25).

The Kings also have two high-scoring defensemen in Drew Doughty (39 points) and Jake Muzzin (32).

Florida boasts balanced scoring as three forwards all have a team-best 18 goals: Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Panthers' top goal-scorer among defensemen is Aaron Ekblad (10). Florida's top points-getter among defensemen is Keith Yandle (31).

Los Angeles is expected to go with starting goalie Jonathan Quick (20-18-2, 2.51 goals-against average, .919 save percentage). Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper (9-1-3, 1.98 GAA, .942 save percentage) started Wednesday in a 5-2 win.

Updated February 8, 2018

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