LA Kings Morning Skate Report; 1-4-24 Preview

Jason Wernegreen


The LA Kings held an optional morning skate this morning, leading up to tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at home in Los Angeles.

Who Was There

The LA Kings held a full-team skate yesterday morning, outside of one Drew Doughty, who was taking a maintenance day. This morning, the Kings held an optional skate leading up to the game as goaltender David Rittich was the first goalie off this morning, slating him as the starter in net.

The Kings made a blockbuster roster move yesterday morning, calling up their top prospect Brandt Clarke. Kings head coach Todd McLellan confirmed this morning there will be no changes to the defensive core tonight, along with Clarke staying on the ice late, pointing to him as a healthy scratch tonight. The Kings adjusted their forward lines on January 2nd in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team kept these lines during the morning skate yesterday:

Byfield-Kopitar-Moore

Laferriere-Dubois-Kempe

Fiala-Danault-Grundstrom

Anderson-Dolan-Lizotte-Lewis

Photo credit: LA Kings

Last Meeting

The LA Kings and the Detroit Red Wings have yet to meet each other this year. The last game played between the two franchises goes back to November 12th, 2022. The Kings won by a score of 4-3 in regulation. Forwards Carl Grundstrom and Kevin Fiala scored in the matchup, the other two Kings goals coming from ex-King Sean Durzi. Phillip Danault and Arthur Kaliyev each had two assists, making them the only current Kings players with multiple points in the previous meeting.

Roster Moves

As we talked about earlier, the LA Kings called up their top prospect Brandt Clarke. That was not the only move of the past two days, however. The Kings waived defenseman Tobias Bjornfot yesterday morning, clearing the roster spot for Clarke. Bjornfot was with the Kings for five years, going back to being drafted 22nd overall by the organization in 2019. In his career, he posted one goal and 14 assists for 15 points in 117 career games. Bjornfot was put on waivers with the hope of sending him to the Kings’ AHL affiliate, Ontario Reign. The Vegas Golden Knights, however, had other plans. Vegas claimed the 22-year-old defenseman off waivers this morning, and with their current injuries, it looks like he may slot in for a few games.

Kings and Red Wings at home in Los Angeles! It’s Dodgers night in the arena, and the puck drops at 7:30 PST. Be ready Kings fans, and if you are going to the game, be loud! Go Kings Go!

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