He’s Back! Anze Kopitar Took His Rightful Spot On The Kings Top Line This Morning In El Segundo, Signifying His Probable Return To Game Action Tomorrow In Colorado
By Paul Armbruster | KingsNewsDaily.com
Two days removed from a poor opening day performance, the Kings returned to practice on Monday ahead of their flight to Denver where they will face the Avs on Tuesday. There was plenty of news on the ice (and off) but none bigger than Anze Kopitar returning to the Kings first line with Dustin Brown and Justin Williams.
Here’s how the lines and d-pairs looked.
Brown (23) — Kopitar (11)— Williams (14)
Penner (25)/Gagne (12) — Richards (10) — Carter (77)
King (74) — Stoll (28) — Lewis (22)
Clifford (13) — Fraser (24) — Nolan (71)/Richardson (15)
Scuderi (7) Doughty (8)
Martinez (27) Voynov (26)
Drewiske (44) Muzzin (73)
In Other News
There was a surprise revelation this morning that newly acquired Anthony Stewart was placed on waivers. If he is taken by another team, which appears likely, the Kings will have ended up getting 2 draft picks for Kevin Westgarth leaving Stewart with a very short-lived time with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Defenseman Matt Greene did not skate in practice and is believe to be injured.
No word yet by the Kings. It has been reported that he has a “mid-body” injury. When asked when Greene got hurt, Coach Sutter replied, “During the game.” Classic. UPDATE: Lisa Dillman of the LA Times has reported that Matt Greene may be out for the remainder of the season.
Also skating was Willie Mitchell, who took part in his first full practice of the young season. Mitchell is expected to travel with the team but will not play against Colorado leaving Jake Muzzin as Greene’s likely replacement. Said Muzzin after practice, “I feel like I’m ready. My speed is good, I feel strong, and I’m a lot more confident this time around.” “They haven’t told me anything yet, but I would think if Greener’s out, that I would play tomorrow in Colorado and we’ll take it from there.” If Muzzin does play, it will be the first time he has appeared in an NHL game since the 2010-11 season where he totaled 1 assist and had a -2 rating.
Simon Gagne and Dustin Penner shared duties on the Kings 2nd line left wing during practice leaving a question as to who will start in that spot and will one of them be scratched for tomorrow’s game. Sutter was pleased with the play of King and Clifford (the 3rd and 4th line left wingers) so it appears as of now they will keep their spots ahead of the two top 6 forwards Gagne and Penner.
Brad Richardson, who was scratched in the Kings first game, was suited up as an extra 4th line player, sharing shifts with Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. Richardson has shown a knack for scoring against his former team in years past. Last year, however, he did not earn a point and had a -5 rating in 4 games against the Avs.
Questions & Answers (comment below)
Will Anthony Stewart get picked up off waivers? If not, will the Kings assign him to Manchester?
Who will start on the Kings 2nd left wing tomorrow, Gagne or Penner? Why?
Will Jake Muzzin get his first NHL start in 3 years? Concerned?
Will Brad Richardson make his season debut on the Kings 4th line? If so, who will he replace?
KND practice video…