BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Los Angeles Kings have survived the first third of the season without starting goaltender Jonathan Quick. Theyll be pushed to the limit, however, as they embark on a nine-game road trip that begins in Buffalo on Tuesday night.Its fun. Its a little different, said center Tyler Toffoli, according to the Los Angeles Times. Weve been at home for so long, so going on the road is going to feel weird at first but weve got to start off the trip right, with a win at Buffalo, and just keep going from there.The road trip will indeed be quite the test for Los Angeles (14-11-2). It includes two back-to-back scenarios before wrapping up in Edmonton just before the start of the new year on Dec. 29.The Kings played eight of their past 10 games at home, posting a 6-2-1 record. Theyll hope to fare better than they did in their most recent long road trip; Los Angeles went 1-3-1 in a five-game road trek in mid-November.I know it might not be mathematically the midseason break, but it feels like that, especially for the players, defenseman Matt Greene said, according to the L.A. Times. Once you hit Christmas the pedal goes down until the All-Star break and it goes down a little bit more after that, so youve got to eat up these points and get into the holiday break.Center Jeff Carter leads the Kings in points with 22 (12 goals, 10 assists). Peter Budaj has performed admirably in place of the injured Quick, who has been out of action since the very first game of the season. Budaj has a record of 13-7-2, along with 2.18 goals against average and .910 save percentage.Los Angeles is coming off a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.The Sabres (10-11-6) are hoping to have the services of forward Kyle Okposo against the Kings. Okposo missed Mondays practice due to an illness.When I was hurt I got to watch him a lot and learned a lot about how he plays, center Jack Eichel said of Okposo, according to the teams website. I think hes probably one of the most underrated players in our league, just how good he is with the puck, without the puck, in all areas of the game. Hes strong on it, hes very skilled, and he can make passes.He was not feeling well last night and just had to stay at home, Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said, per the teams website. We hope he recovers and does well and can play.If Okposo does play, hes expected to be on a line alongside Eichel and Evander Kane. He switched places with Sam Reinhart in the lineup at Sundays practice.Buffalo is coming off a disappointing 4-1 home loss to Washington on Friday. The Sabres are 1-2-1 in their last four games. Wholesale Adidas NHL Jerseys . 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In any case, hes not an insurmountable wall.When France beat Germany 2-0 in November, Giroud scored against Neuer -- who has conceded only one goal at Euro 2016.Neuer was also in goal when Giroud scored home and away for Arsenal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season, and he also netted against him when the Gunners won 2-0 away to Bayern during the 2012-13 campaign.The following season, Giroud scored against Borussia Dortmund.I generally do well against German clubs as well, said Giroud, who has three goals at Euro 2016.His muscular style of play, allied to good technique and heading ability, seems to work against German players. The first of his 20 goals for France was against Germany in 2012 and his first goal in the Champions League for Arsenal was against Schalke 04 later that year.No wonder, given his track record and his current form, he is confident about the week ahead.My objective is to help us win the Euro, he said. If I can help us do that by scoring one or two more goals then thats great.Five weeks ago, fans jeered Giroud off the pitch when he was substituted against Cameroon, even though he scored a volley in a 3-2 win.By contrast, he was given a huge ovation on Sunday night after scoring twice in a 5-2 win against Iceland in the quarterfinals.Its nice to be cheered. But its not a case of revenge, the 29-year-old Giroud said. I give everything for the team. 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He is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena and coach Didier Deschamps left him out.Some observers view Girouds success as a triumph over Benzema, having been in his shadow.Its not a view thats shared by Giroud, whose career path saw him play for unheralded French clubs Grenoble, Istres and Tours, before winning the French title with Montpellier in 2011-12 and securing a move to the Premier League.Im not turning it into anything personal, Giroud said. (Karim) will be back in the (France) team. I dont have any problems with him.At the 2014 World Cup, Frances attacking trio in the 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Germany was Valbuena, Benzema and Antoine Griezmann.On Thursday, Griezmann and Dimitri Payet will be looking to play Giroud into goal scoring positions, while the Arsenal forward will be aiming to lay the ball off for his teammates.Together, the three players have scored 10 of Frances 11 goals at Euro 2016 -- Griezmann with a tournament-leading four and Payet three. Each of the three has also provided two assists.There is chemistry between us, Giroud said. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '