FRESH LEGS AND A COUPLE OF NEW LINES AGAINST THE DEVILS

Thomas Moore said hundreds of years ago, “The Devil, the proud spirit, cannot endure to be mocked.”

Perhaps that is what Terry Murray had in mind when he put Teddy Purcell back in the lineup alongside Michal Handzus and Alexander Frolov. The recent mainstay on that line, Brandon Segal, will be a healthy scratch tonight and will be joined off the ice with Raitis Ivanans. If it is not mocking for mocking sake, then coach Murray is no doubt playing on a couple of theories – first, he has been hinting at putting Purcell back in the lineup at some point. Ted has been a healthy scratch so many times this season, I doubt he has any other place left to itch. Second, the Kings are coming off a game against the Bruins last night that went into the extra frame and a shootout, a match our boys proudly won 3-2. Thus, fresh legs are, no doubt, a consideration.

The Kings’ lines are expected to look as follows:

Richardson-Kopitar-Simmonds

Smyth-Stoll-Brown

Frolov-Handzus-Purcell

Parse-Moller-Harrold

On a related note, Michigan Man Jack Johnson is also back in the lineup which means Randy Jones will hopefully see little to no ice time. With Jones on the ice, the only team getting mocked has been our own.

Go Kings!



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