Sunday’s NHL on NBCSN matchup

NBCSN’s protection of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Sunday’s match in between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. Avalanche-Kings stream protection starts at 5:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can view the video game online and on the NBC Sports app by click on this link.

As the league’s truncated 56-game season nears its middle, the playoff photo starts to take shape. The Avalanche – amongst the favorites to win the Stanley Cup (+800) – presently hold the 4th and last playoff area in the West Department by 4 points over the going to Kings. Sunday will be the 4th of 8 conferences this season in between these clubs. Colorado is 2-1-0 through the very first 3 video games.

On Friday night, Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped all 18 shots he dealt with, leading them to a 2-0 triumph over the Kings. This was Grubauer’s career-high 4th nothing this year, which is connected with Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury for the most in the NHL this season.

Colorado, which created a 46-14 benefit in shots versus Arizona on Wednesday, outshot LA by a 46-18 margin on Friday. The Avalanche ended up being the first string to outshoot challengers by a combined margin of 60 or more shots throughout any 2 regular-season video games given that 1990-91, when the Flames (Feb. 21-23, 1991) and Bruins (March 21-23, 1991) each did so.

In a preventive relocation, the Kings cancelled their group practice Saturday. Todd McLellan spoke with media and stated that while he does not think it to be COVID-related, there is an “illness” that is spreading out around the group a bit. In lieu of a group skate, the Kings are keeping gamers far from one another, to help in reducing dangers of a possible increased spread.

[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 5:15 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

WHAT: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche
WHERE: Ball Arena
WHEN: Sunday, March 14, 5:15 p.m. ET
TELEVISION: NBCSN
ON THE CALL: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
LIVE STREAM: You can view the Avalanche-Kings stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

KINGS
Adrian Kempe – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Andreas Athanasiou – Gabriel Vilardi – Jeff Carter
Carl Grundstrom – Blake Lizotte – Trevor Moore
Austin Wagner – Mike Amadio – Matt Luff

Mike Anderson – Drew Doughty
Tobias Bjornfot – Matt Roy
Kurtis MacDermid – Sean Walker

Beginning goalie: Cal Petersen

AVALANCHE
Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Brandon Saad – Nazem Kadri – Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin – Tyson Jost – Joonas Donskoi
Matt Calvert – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Logan O’Connor

Jacob MacDonald – Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves – Devon Toews
Daniel Renouf – Greg Pateryn

Beginning goalie: Philipp Grubauer

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Avalanche-Kings stream: Sunday’s NHL on NBCSN match initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.