Kings will face Arizona to open preseason

Kings will face Arizona to open preseason

Photo courtesy of Charles Smith Jr - used with permission

On Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018, the Los Angeles Kings will face the Arizona Coyotes in the first of eight scheduled preseason National Hockey League contests. This first game will be a "split squad" game. In essence, there will be two games played simultaneously, with each team sending a designated group of players to participate in games which will take place on the same night in the home arenas of both teams.

The game which will be played at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ has a scheduled start time of 7:00 pm PT, while the contest at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, has a scheduled start time of 7:30 pm. The Kings will then split again, when they play on Thursday, Sep. 20, but this time, one group of players will head to Vancouver to face the Canucks, while the other group stays home to face the reigning Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights. The game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, will begin at 7:00 pm PT, while the Kings home game will again begin at 7:30 pm PT.

LA Kings preseason schedule:
Sept. 18 @ 7 p.m. PT — LA Kings vs Arizona Coyotes @ Gila River Arena
Sept. 18 @ 7:30 p.m. PT — Arizona Coyotes vs LA Kings @ STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA (Tickets)
Sept. 20 @ 7 p.m. PT — LA Kings vs Vancouver Canucks @ Rogers Arena
Sept. 20 @ 7:30 p.m. PT — Vegas Golden Knights vs LA Kings @ STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA (Tickets
Sept. 24 @ 6:00 pm PT — LA Kings vs Vancouver Cunucks  @ Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT 
Sept. 26 @ 7:00 pm PT — LA Kings vs Anaheim Ducks @ Honda Center, Anaheim, CA 
Sept. 28 @ 7:00 pm PT — LA Kings vs Vegas Golden Knights @ T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV (Tickets
Sept. 29 @ 7:30 pm PT — Anaheim Ducks vs LA Kings @ STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA (Tickets

The Kings regular season (and home) opener should be a terrific contest, as they face the revamped San Jose Sharks on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm. The Kings will have the added dimension of elite goal-scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, while the Sharks now boast what is quite possibly the best defense corps in the NHL. During the offseason, San Jose acquired two-time Norris trophy winner Erik Karlsson who will be playing in his second regular season game with his new team.

Between Karlsson and new teammate Brent Burns, along with Kings superstar blueliner Drew Doughty, four of the last seven Norris trophy winners will be on the full display in front of what is sure to be a raucous home crowd