Per Hammond, here is how the L.A. Kings practiced Friday:



Alec Martinez was in a no-contact jersey. Dustin Penner didn’t practice in the first 1/2 but woke up in time for appeared in the second.

Will Ethan Moreau stay on the 4th line? Probably. That would be very Terry Murray like. His system of accountability doesn’t apply to veteran, no talent grinders. Perhaps he believes someone of Ethan Moreau’s experience will learn from his mistake and this is the shot at redemption. History tells us different.

I have implied I don’t like Dustin Brown on Mike Richards’ line. If only Brownie kept his game simple, passed more, hit more and didn’t give up possession of the puck so easily with terrible angled floaters to the net. Been saying that for a few seasons now.

Simon Gagne is due for a breakout game and there is no better time to start it than against the Chicago Blackhawks. I predict Gagne will score a goal and add an assist or two.

The L.A. Kings have never won a game in which Kevin Westgarth has scored a goal…see how stats can be misleading?

What has Brad Richardson done to get the bench? Honestly, if speed challenged pylons like Trent Hunter and Ethan Moreau are going to get the nod all season, then set Richardson free. He is a better player than this. Just don’t send him to a Western Conference team…he has a tendency to light up former teams (see Avalanche, Colorado).

We were outplayed for the majority of the game against the St. Louis Blues and were fortunate to come out with a victory.

We were outplayed for the majority of the game against the Dallas Stars and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Detroit Red Wings kicked our ass and, before that, we beat an Anaheim Ducks team that a decent beer league group could have sent to a shootout both games.

With a better and deeper team, we hold the same record as last season. Still, there are some out there in the media / blogging / twitter world who run to Terry Murray’s defense and proclaim that criticism of his offensive system is unjustified. I respectfully disagree. Murray is not to blame for everything that ails the Kings but this team has underperformed and underwhelmed under his watch and, absent stellar goaltending, I am not sure he would have a job right now.

Watching the Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins tells me they play a game with which Terry Murray is not familiar.

It must be exhausting living with Doc Emrick.

Jarret Stoll does one thing better than most – win faceoffs. This season, he is hovering at about 55%, good for 87th in the league. His shooting percentage? 2.3%. 44 shots, 1 goal. That is awful.

I would hope Jonathan Bernier’s performance against the St. Louis Blues earns him a lot more starts…that would be a pleasant surprise. Don’t hold your breath.

I just want to hug Andrei Loktionov, now more than ever after I read this story.

With the exception of Luc Robitaille, no other L.A. Kings player has captivated me in such a short period of time like Mike Richards. I want to be like Mike.

I finally shaved my beard. A smooth-faced Scribe feels odd and I am getting carded again when ordering an adult beverage. Will test drive it at the Blackhawks game. Nothing is forever.