The Kings will have new-look defensive pairs tomorrow against Anaheim, as Drew Doughty pairs with Jack Johnson, Willie Mitchell pairs with Slava Voynov and Rob Scuderi pairs with Matt Greene. Terry Murray said he liked the familiarity that Mitchell and Voynov had earlier this season and wanted to stay with it.
You can see why Terry Murray is doing this. It is one part Mitchell & Voynov’s chemistry, two parts Doughty and Johnson’s penchants for offense and three parts the need for a shut down pair to balance part two. Drew Doughty & Jack Johnson are arguably akin to chocolate frosting on chocolate cake (Surly used up the monthly quota of porn and religious analogies in his last post) and come with some potential defensive limitations, especially Doughty it seems recently.
On the fourth line, Rich stated:
Jonathan Quick will start in goal tomorrow an Murray said he hadn’t yet decided on a goalie for Thursday. The Kings are expected to stay with a fourth line of Ethan Moreau, Colin Fraser and Trevor Lewis, meaning Brad Richardson and Kevin Westgarth would be healthy scratches. Dustin Penner was on the ice late in practice again today in a no-contact jersey, skating and doing some shooting. More notes and quotes from practice to come…
Forgive my sigh. Hunter should not play in Richardson’s stead. Can I get a boo…
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