The Los Angeles Kings travel to Philadelphia tonight on a 6 game winning streak after sweeping their latest home stand. They enter the game in 2nd place in the Pacific Division, one point and one less game played than the Anaheim Ducks. Jonathan Quick has been on fire lately and “That’s 70’s Line” consisting of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter, and Tyler Toffoli has been on a scoring rampage. Everything seems to be going extremely well for the Kings right now looking exclusively at the schedule and statistics.
The only issue GM Dean Lombardi is facing is his current salary cap situation which could quickly turn into a nightmare. Salva Voynov was suspended from all team activities about a week ago following his arrest for a domestic abuse case. Though Voynov is suspended under Section 18.5-A of the CBA, he still receives a paycheck from the team. They had to recall defenseman Brayden McNabb to replace him on the roster. Voynov’s $4.16M salary cap hit is dead weight now as he’s not playing yet still counts against the cap. On top of that, Anze Kopitar left Sunday evening’s win over Columbus with an upper-body injury after awkwardly getting hit by Blue Jacket’s defenseman Tim Erixon and has been ruled out for tonight’s game.