The Los Angeles Kings salvaged something from their disappointing four-game road swing with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Back-to-back-back defeats to the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and the New York Islanders had taken some of the gloss off a seven-game winning streak that had stretched back to the end of November.
Alec Martinez, Trevor Lewis, Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli were all on target for the visitors in Philadelphia in a win that pushed the Kings two points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights in the standings, albeit having played three more games than the second place side.
LA returns home to the Staples Center to entertain the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, pops up the west coast to Northern California to take on the Sharks in San Jose over the weekend before hosting the Golden Knights three days after Christmas.
It's the second game between the two sides in what already is shaping up as an excellent rivalry with Vegas winning 4-2 in their first encounter in mid November.
The Knights meanwhile feature in what may be the most intriguing game of the day at the T-Mobile Arena when they welcome in the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On the face of it the Lightning are the best team in the NHL and arrive in town with a 24-6-2 record and a seven-game winning streak.
It's the first game ever between the two sides, but as Vegas showed in defeating the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, this is an expansion franchise that is not afraid of anyone.
The Devils are 10001.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Penguins are 5000.00 to take the title.
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