Two goalies are better than one

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garon isn’t focusing too far beyond tonight. “I think that’s the best way to do it,” Garon said. “You don’t have to be focused two weeks from now, you just want to be focused on the next game. We’re both going to get to play every two days, so that will be good.” Norstrom set to return: Kings captain Mattias Norstrom is expected to be activated from the injured list in time for tonight’s game. Norstrom missed the first two games while recovering from the flu and a strained hamstring. After a brisk one-hour skate Friday and a rigorous practice Saturday morning, Norstrom reported himself fit to play tonight. “I feel good, I’m ready to go,” Norstrom said. “That flu just threw me for a loop. I’m not sure the last time I had a fever like I that. I was probably a kid. But I’m finally back eating some good meals and feeling stronger.” With so many games bunched closely together over the next two weeks, Murray expects to continue alternating goalies from game to game. “We’ve got two goalies who are fresh and both are playing well,” Murray said. “Why wouldn’t you play both when that’s the case? I think if you’ve got two guys playing well it makes the most sense to play the one who is physically freshest.” Kings coach Andy Murray insists his team’s goalie situation will eventually sort itself out. He’s just in no hurry to rush things along by naming either Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera as the primary starter. The two newcomers alternated starts over the first two games – Garon the season opener Wednesday in Dallas and LaBarbera the following night against Phoenix – and even though LaBarbera was more effective in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes, it will be Garon back in net tonight when the Kings host Minnesota at Staples Center. center_img The Kings will have to make a roster move if they activate Norstrom. Cowan definitely out: Right winger Jeff Cowan, who left Thursday’s game against Minnesota with a groin injury, is not expected to play tonight. It’s possible Cowan could land on the injured list, although the Kings will evaluate the situation over the next day or two before making a decision. He loves L.A.: LaBarbera admits being a bit starstruck during Thursday’s home game against Phoenix. The 25-year old LaBarbera has played most of his career in front of small crowds in the American Hockey League, so you can imagine his reaction when he saw more than 18,000 fans at Staples Center in his first start with the Kings. “A whole lot different than playing in front of the 2,000 or so fans I’m used to,” LaBarbera said. “And I guess I shouldn’t have been looking up at the scoreboard, but it was hard not peeking up there when they were showing all those (movie stars) in the crowd. That was pretty cool.” Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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