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Six years after meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals Ben Bishop Jersey , the last-place teams in both conferences will get together Thursday night when the Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.The Kings (10-17-1) have already fired John Stevens as head coach and replaced him with Willie Desjardins, but he hasn’t turned things around either. Stevens was let go on Nov. 4 after the Kings went 4-8-1 to start the season. They’ve gone 6-9-0 under Desjardins and have yet to win three in a row under either coach.The Devils (9-12-5) are 0-3-3 over the past six games to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.Article continues below ...New Jersey coach John Hynes resorted to benching leading scorer Taylor Hall for nearly eight minutes late in the second period of a 5-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night after Hall’s turnover in his own zone led to the fourth goal by the Lightning.“Sometimes, you’ve got to take your lumps and try and come back and play better,” Hall told reporters afterward.Hynes wouldn’t commit to a starting goalie against the Kings.Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 20 shots against Tampa Bay before he was replaced by Cory Schneider to start the third period.Kincaid is still second in the NHL with three shutouts, but has allowed four goals in each of his past five outings for an .872 save percentage. He posted his only shutout last season against the Kings at Staples Center on March 17.Schneider, who the Kings got to know well when he played for the Vancouver Canucks from 2008-13, is 0-5-0 in five starts this season with a 4.19 goals-against average and .862 save percentage.The Devils are expected to have winger Jesper Bratt back in the lineup after he missed the Tampa Bay game with an illness. Bratt, who missed the first 13 games with a broken jaw , has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 12 games.New Jersey entered Wednesday ninth in the NHL with an 82 percent penalty-kill rate, and the Devils will be up against a Los Angeles team that’s 4-for-37 on the power play over its past 14 games.The Kings have struggled on the penalty kill during that stretch as well, owning a 65.1 percent success rate. They didn’t allow any goals during 5-on-5 play against the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, but gave up a power-play goal and a short-handed one in the 2-1 loss.“That’s not the area that’s hurting us,” Desjardins said of 5-on-5 play. “It’s the special teams that are hurting us.”The Kings showed some life in the final minutes against the Coyotes, getting a goal from defenseman Alec Martinez to spoil the shutout, but it was too little too late as they dropped to 0-13-0 this season when trailing at the start of the second period.“We just got to play a lot more minutes like we did the last five to seven minutes (against Arizona) Adam Clendening Jersey Womens ,” Kings leading scorer Anze Kopitar said. “You can tell there was desperation there. You know you’ve just got to play like that for 60 minutes.” NEW YORK (AP) The Rangers face an unfamiliar challenge after stockpiling picks for the June draft: Maximizing a franchise-record 10 selections, including three in the first round.Rebuilding means keeping options open for trades while also targeting players who best fit the team’s goals.Assistant general manager Chris Drury says the team’s priorities are adding young, competitive players with speed and skill and ”a premium on high character.””It’s one thing to have all these great picks … you have to be ready and be prepared to make the right picks,” Drury said.The 10 picks are a high for the Rangers under the draft’s current format of seven rounds. The team also has nine picks in the 2019 draft, including a conditional first-round selection from Tampa Bay it received in a trade-deadline blockbuster for defenseman Ryan McDonagh.New York also dealt Nick Holden and Rick Nash to Boston, plus Michael Grabner to New Jersey in four separate deals, bringing back eight players and six draft picks.General manager Jeff Gorton said the picks give the Rangers flexibility and currency.”We have to look at both scenarios,” he said when asked if he would be willing to trade picks for current NHL players.”We’ll look at different positions and see what’s available. When you have three first-round picks and you’re on the draft floor Devin Shore Jersey , opportunity will be there,” Gorton said.The playoffs and draft lottery will shape the value of the first-round selections. Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the consensus pick among experts as the top overall draft pick this year, and New York’s other first-round picks will depend on how Boston and Tampa Bay perform in the playoffs. Both could be serious Stanley Cup contenders.Team officials like the early returns even for an organization that has been known to sacrifice its future for the present.”Certainly a lot of energy moving forward to prep between now and getting to the stage in Dallas,” Drury said of the site of June’s draft.—

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