There are quite a few reunions for today’s game. For one, the Kings get their annual look at the 30-goal scorer they let slip away, pictured above. Moulson’s recorded his 24th of the season on Thursday night, putting him on pace for 37 goals and 72 points, which would crush last year’s 30/53. There’s still a ways to go but it’s always interesting to project these things out.
In reverse reunions, Trent Hunter returns to Long Island. After being moved to New Jersey for current healthy scratch Brian Rolston, he was bought out by the Devils. Later on in the summer he moved onto Los Angeles on a training camp try out and the Kings eventually decided to take a flyer on him. His year in Los Angeles has not been a good one, putting up Rolston-like numbers of 2-5-7 in 37 games and there was talk of getting rid of him within the season’s first few weeks. In fact, this article sounds an awful lot like it could have been written on Long Island with the author opining about the complete lack of bottom six scoring and the ‘why, oh why are these veterans on the roster?’
One final homecoming is a happy one and not of the ‘look what they’re doing without you’ variety. At long last Kenny Jonsson returns to Long Island for a pre-game celebration. Jonsson spent nine seasons on the Islanders blue line from 1995 to 2004 when he returned home and didn’t come back after the lock out. Jonsson arrived at the start of the Milbury era and somehow survived it without being traded. He was able to see it through to finally making the playoffs at the end of his tenure.
Moulson – Tavares – Okposo
Grabner – Nielsen – Parenteau
Rolston – Bailey – Martin
Niederreiter – Pandolfo – Wallace
Streit – Staios
Ness – MacDonald
Jurcina – Eaton