PREVIEW: LA Kings, minus Dustin Brown, face Hurricanes (3:30p, FOX Sports West)
Los Angeles has scored at least three goals in its last four games since being shut out at Nashville. Carolina has allowed a total of seven goals in its last four games.
Against Carolina on Tuesday night, the Kings will be without forward Dustin Brown, who was suspended for one game by the NHL for kneeing Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev on Saturday night when LA lost 4-3.
Brown is tied for third on the team with 16 goals, and he logs the second-most ice time among Los Angeles forwards with more than 19 minutes per game.
The Kings played Saturday without center Trevor Lewis, who returned to the West Coast after he sustained an undisclosed injury Friday night. Coach John Stevens said it’s hoped that Lewis can be back with the team this week.
Los Angeles split two games in Florida, with a three-game winning streak snapped at Tampa Bay, before taking two days off. This visit to Carolina is the third stop of a seven-game road swing.
Los Angeles registered a season-high 47 shots on goal in their most recent game.
“We’ve got to carry that over,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said, referring to the team’s strong third period at Tampa Bay.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said “you’ve got to remember the good things that you did,” but that doesn’t guarantee a strong showing in the next game.
The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 9 at home. Los Angeles managed only 21 shots in that game, a total that matches the fewest shots allowed by Carolina this season.