Deadmarsh, Miller in Home Debuts


Right wing Adam Deadmarsh and defenseman Aaron Miller, acquired Wednesday with draft picks and a prospect for Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht, and goaltender Felix Potvin, acquired from Vancouver on Feb. 15, will make their Staples Center debuts today.

For Deadmarsh, it also will be his King debut. Miller played a team-high 26 minutes 25 seconds in the Kings’ 2-0 victory over the Flames Thursday in Calgary, but Deadmarsh was in Denver with his twin daughters, who have been in intensive care since their Feb. 9 birth. Deadmarsh was to arrive in Los Angeles Friday.

Today also will be the Kings’ first home game since the controversial Blake trade. Club spokesman Mike Altieri said he doesn’t anticipate protests.


“A lot of people have voiced disappointment, but a lot supported us,” he said.


Defenseman Mathieu Schneider is doubtful because of a groin strain. If he can’t play, his place will be taken by Jere Karalahti, while Aki Berg sits for the fourth time in five games. Coach Andy Murray spoke Friday to Berg, who might soon become expendable.

“I still think he’s a young defenseman who’s maturing into his consistency,” Murray said. “He wants to play more and we want more consistency.”

Goaltender Stephane Fiset, sidelined since he sprained his left knee Dec. 22, practiced all-out Friday. He might go to Lowell of the American Hockey League next week for conditioning.


The Kings traded center Bob Corkum to the New Jersey Devils for future considerations. Corkum, 33, had been assigned to Lowell.


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* Site--Staples Center

* Radio--KSPN (1110).

* Records--Kings 26-26-8-1, Blue Jackets 18-30-7-6.

* Record vs. Blue Jackets--1-1.

* Update--The expansion Blue Jackets, on the third stop of a four-game trip, have the second-fewest road victories (five) in the NHL.